Melania Trump ‘disheartened’ by Capitol riot: Full assertion | Donald Trump Information
U.S. First Lady Melania Trump broke her silence on Monday over the violence last week in Washington, DC, when hundreds of her husband’s supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol.
The attack came after President Donald Trump gave a provocative speech to tens of thousands of supporters on January 6 when the U.S. Congress was asked to count the votes of the electoral college from the November presidential election. At least five people were killed in the chaos.
Senior House Democratic lawmakers have called for Trump to resign over his role in the attack, and have also urged Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th amendment to remove Trump from office. The Democrats have warned that if Trump is not removed, they will charge Trump with “inciting insurrection”.
Here is Melania’s full statement:
Like all of you, I have pondered the past year and how the invisible enemy Covid-19 swept our beautiful land. All nations have seen loved ones loss, economic pain, and the ill effects of isolation.
As your first lady, it was inspiring to see firsthand what the people of our great nation will do for one another, especially when we are most vulnerable.
In almost every experience I have had, I have taken home many stories from individuals in my heart.
Lastly, my heart goes out to: Air Force Veteran, Ashli Babbit, Benjamin Philips, Kevin Greeson, Rosanne Boyland, and the Capitol Police, Brian Sicknick and Howard Liebengood. I pray for the comfort and strength of their families during this difficult time.
I am disappointed and discouraged with what happened last week. I find it shameful that there has been violent gossip, unjustified personal attacks and false misleading allegations against me – from people who want to be relevant and have an agenda – related to these tragic events. At this time it is all about healing our country and its people. It should not be used for personal gain.
On January 6, supporters of US President Donald Trump gather in front of the US Capitol in Washington [File: Leah Millis/Reuters]Our nation needs to heal in a civil way. Make no mistake, I absolutely condemn the violence that has taken place on our nation’s Capitol. Violence is never acceptable.
As an American, I take pride in our freedom to express our views without persecution. It is one of the most important ideals on which America is fundamentally built. Many have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect this right. With that in mind, I would like to urge the citizens of this country to take a moment, pause and look at things from all angles.
I beg people to stop the violence, never make assumptions based on a person’s skin color, or use different political ideologies as the basis for aggression and malice. We need to listen to one another, focus on what unites us, and rise above what divides us.
It is inspiring to see that so many have found a passion and excitement for voting, but we must not allow that passion to turn into violence. Our way forward is to come together, find our common ground, and be the kind and strong people that I know we are.
Supporters of US President Donald Trump stand at the door to the Senate chambers after violating the security of the US Capitol in Washington on January 6 [File: Jim Lo Scalzo/EFE]The strength and character of our country has shown itself in the communities hit by natural disasters and in this terrible pandemic that struck us all. The common thread in all of these challenging situations is the unwavering determination of Americans to help one another. Your compassion has shown the true spirit of our country.
As I said last summer, at those crucial moments, we will look back and tell our grandchildren that through empathy, strength and determination we have restored the promise of our future. Each of you is the backbone of this land. They are the people who continue to make the United States of America what it is and who have an incredible responsibility to prepare our future generations to leave everything better than they found it.
It has been an honor of my life to serve as your first lady. I want to thank the millions of Americans who have supported my husband and me over the past 4 years and have shown the incredible impact of the American spirit. I am grateful to all of you that I was able to serve you on platforms that are dear to me.
Most of all, I ask for healing, grace, understanding and peace for our great nation.
Let us remember every day that we are one nation under God. God bless you all and God bless the United States of America.
With best regards,