Melania Trump pleads for an end to ‘looting and violence in the name of justice’

Melania Trump painted her husband’s weaknesses as strengths when she argued for President Donald Trump’s bid for a second term in a speech designed to appeal to female voters on Tuesday night – but also spoke at length on race and coronavirus, setting a strikingly different tone from her husband.

She painted herself as a wife and a mother during her 26-minute remarks, which outlined the reasons women should vote for President Trump in November and addressed the areas where female voters rate him as weak, the coronavirus pandemic and race relations.

And unusually she intervened directly in unfolding events, as violence flared for a second night in Kenosha, WI, in the wake of the police shooting of Jacob Blake, left paralyzed after being shot seven times in the back.    

‘I urge people to come together in a civil manner so we can work and live up to our standard American ideals. I also ask people to stop the violence and looting being done in the name of justice,’ she said.

Unlike Trump, she said of racial division: ‘Like many of you, I have reflected on the racial unrest in our country. We are not proud of parts of our history.’

That set a tonal contrast to her husband, who clapped from the front row of the Rose Garden as she spoke, with her parents just behind him.

And she paid explicit tribute to the dead of the coronavirus pandemic – never using his ‘China virus’ phrase’  – saying she mourned with those left behind.

Her speech was meant to smooth away her husband’s rough edges even as she was careful to stay out of the political arena. It came on a night when Republicans tried to set a positive tone and lay claim to optimism, with Trump pardoning a black bank robber and swearing in five new Americans, both in the White House, while Mike Pence presented a video from Abraham Lincoln’s childhood home with ordinary voters paying tribute to Trump.

But it also saw Tiffany and Eric Trump channel their father with his younger daughter making a rare public appearance to rail against big tech and the media claiming they try to ‘mentally enslave’ people to control what views they hear.

Melania Trump made the case for her husband’s second term in a speech designed to appeal to female voters when she addressed the Republican National Convention on Tuesday night

Melania Trump portrayed her husband's blunt statements, which critics call cruel, as honesty and said it was needed for the country

Melania Trump portrayed her husband’s blunt statements, which critics call cruel, as honesty and said it was needed for the country

The president leaned in for a kiss...

...but Melania appeared to dodge a kiss on the lips

The president leaned in to kiss his wife on the lips – but Melania appeared to dodge out of the way 

A small crowd of supporters listened to the first lady give her remarks in the White House Rose Garden with President Trump in the front row

A small crowd of supporters listened to the first lady give her remarks in the White House Rose Garden with President Trump in the front row

Melania Trump spoke for nearly 26 minutes on Tuesday night in her convention speech

Melania Trump spoke for nearly 26 minutes on Tuesday night in her convention speech

What Melania Trump said about…  

RACE PROTESTS 

‘I urge people to come together in a civil manner, so we can work and live up to our standard American ideals. I also ask people to stop the violence and looting being done in the name of justice, and never make assumptions based on the color of a person’s skin… while debate rages on about issues of race, let’s focus on the strides we have made and work together for a better tomorrow for everyone.’    

‘AUTHENTIC’ DONALD TRUMP 

‘We all know Donald Trump makes no secrets about how he feels about things. Total honesty is what we as citizens deserve from our president, whether you like it or not, you always know what he is thinking. And that is because he is an authentic person who loves this country and its people and wants to continue to make it better.’ 

THE AMERICAN DREAM

‘Growing up as a young child in Slovenia, which was under Communist rule at the time, I always heard about an amazing place called America, a land that stood for freedom and opportunity… my parents worked very hard to ensure our family could not only leave and prosper in America, but also contribute to a nation that allows for people to arrive with a dream and make it reality.’ 

DEMOCRATS AND THE MEDIA 

‘No matter the amount of negative or false media headlines or attacks from the other side, Donald Trump has not and will not lose focus on you… despite the unprecedented attacks from the media and opposition he will not give up.’ 

SOCIAL MEDIA 

‘Just like me, I know many of you watch how mean and manipulative social media can be. And just like me I’m sure many of you are looking for answers, how to talk to your children about the downside of technology and their relationships with their peers.’ 

THE ELECTION 

‘Almost four years ago, we went into election day completely underestimated. Despite what is being said again this year, I know just as you do that Americans will go to the polls and vote on the behalf of their families, our economy, our national security and our children’s futures.’  

The First Lady’s speech capped a night where the White House and executive power of the presidency took center stage at the second night of the Republican National Convention.

President Trump book-ended his convention with the trappings of the presidency, issuing a presidential pardon at the beginning, watching immigrants be made citizens in the middle, and ending on the South Lawn with the first lady speaking live from the Rose garden. At the same time Democrats cried foul saying he and his administration repeatedly broke the Hatch act, which bans using government property and employees to aid political campaigns.

Several administration officials participated in the convention on its second night, including economic adviser Larry Kudlow – the former CNBC host who introduced himself to people as ‘you know me from TV and radio’ – acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Vice President Mike Pence, Second Lady Karen Pence, outgoing senior adviser Kellyanne Conway, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien, Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross were spotted in the Rose Garden for Melania Trump’s remarks with several other guests – some who wore masks and some who did not. 

Melania Trump was introduced in a flashy video that touted her Be Best campaign and was filled with images of her looking glamorous at state events and mom-like with her hugs to children. She walked down the colonnade to dramatic entrance music and a standing ovation, the camera moving ahead of her to trace her every move as she approached the Rose Garden.

Her speech – in contrast with other Trump family members who addressed the convention – showed the human side of the president. 

She spoke of motherhood, even as she did not mention the Trumps’ 14-year-old son Barron by name, and said her husband was a man who won’t stop fighting for families.

‘To mothers and parents everywhere, you’re warriors. In my husband, you have a president who will not stop fighting for you and your family. I see how hard he works each day and night and despite the attacks from the media, he will not give up. In fact, if you tell him it cannot be done, he just worked harder,’ she said.

She also said the president was a man who supports her and has supported women by giving them high-ranking jobs in his administration.

‘Donald is a husband that supports me in all that I do. He has built an administration with unprecedented number of women in leadership roles and fostered an environment where the American people are always the priority. He welcomes different points of view and encourages thinking outside of the box,’ she said.

And she humbly asked voters to return the Trump family to the White House for another four years.

‘I know I speak for my husband and the family when we say we’re so grateful that you trusted him to be your president. We would be honored to serve this incredible country for four more years,’ she said.

A group of armed protesters in Kenosha were seen cornering a police BearCat vehicle that had been deployed to the streets of the city after protests over the shooting of 29-year-old unarmed black man Jacob Blake descended into violence

A group of armed protesters in Kenosha were seen cornering a police BearCat vehicle that had been deployed to the streets of the city after protests over the shooting of 29-year-old unarmed black man Jacob Blake descended into violence 

Members of the group immediately ran for cover as tear gas filled the air

Members of the group immediately ran for cover as tear gas filled the air 

The State of Wisconsin Department of Corrections building burns as flames engulf the facility that was set on fire by protesters over the police shooting of Jacob Blake

The State of Wisconsin Department of Corrections building burns as flames engulf the facility that was set on fire by protesters over the police shooting of Jacob Blake

Melania Trump wore an olive green, military style suit and spoke before a bank of American flags

 Melania Trump wore an olive green, military style suit and spoke before a bank of American flags

Melania Trump spoke from the newly renovated White House Rose Garden

Melania Trump spoke from the newly renovated White House Rose Garden

Front row support: Donald Trump sat in front of his father-in-law Viktor Knavs and mother-in-law Amalija Knavs and led applause as his wife spoke

Front row support: Donald Trump sat in front of his father-in-law Viktor Knavs and mother-in-law Amalija Knavs and led applause as his wife spoke 

Listening time: Melania Trump was watched by an audience of just over 100 people in the newly-redesigned Rose Garden

Listening time: Melania Trump was watched by an audience of just over 100 people in the newly-redesigned Rose Garden 

Covington Catholic teen: I will not be canceled

A Kentucky teenager known for video of his interaction with a Native American man at the Lincoln Memorial last year said Tuesday he would not succumb to ‘cancel culture’ as he made remarks on Day Two of the Repan National Convention. 

Nicholas Sandmann, 17, told the convention that he believes news outlets were driven by ‘anti-Christian, anti-conservative, anti-Donald Trump’ bias in reporting on the incident because he was wearing a red ‘Make America Great Again’ hat.

‘And if advancing their narrative ruined the reputation and future of a teenager from Covington, Kentucky, well, so be it,’ Sandmann said in a pre-recorded message from the Lincoln Memorial – the location of the incident that made him famous. ‘That will teach him not to wear a MAGA hat!’

The Covington Catholic High School student’s reached a settlement with CNN, who he sued for defamation. The amount was nearly disclosed due to a quirk in court rules, but will now remain confidential after the pandemic delayed scheduled hearings until after his 18th birthday.

Video of the January 2019 encounter showed Sandmann and Nathan Phillips, a Native American activist, standing very close to each other, with Sandmann staring, and at times smiling, as Phillips sang and pounded on a drum.

Sandmann said media outlets attempted to ‘cancel’ him in their coverage of the confrontation.

Nicholas Sandmann, 17, put on his 'Make America Great Again' hat while speaking during the second night of the Republican Convention Tuesday

Nicholas Sandmann, 17, put on his ‘Make America Great Again’ hat while speaking during the second night of the Republican Convention Tuesday

Sandmann went viral after a video showed him in a confrontation with Native American activist Nathan Phillips on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial

Sandmann went viral after a video showed him in a confrontation with Native American activist Nathan Phillips on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial 

He also claimed Trump is the biggest ‘victim of unfair media coverage.’ 

‘In January 2019, I attended the March for Life in Washington D.C. where I demonstrated in defense of the unborn,’ Sandmann detailed during his pre-recorded speech. ‘Later that day, I bought a ‘Make America Great Again’ hat because our President, Donald Trump, has distinguished himself as the most pro-life Presidents in the history of our country and I wanted to express my support for him too.’

During the trip, Sandmann went viral after Phillips went up to the student wearing his new red ‘MAGA’ hat, and pounded on a drum a few inches from his face. The teenager was excoriated in the media for a smirk he had during the confrontation.

Sandmann explained Tuesday that the ‘awkward smile’ was an attempt to hide his thoughts and avoid embarrassing himself or further instigating Phillips.

Sandmann reached a confidential settlement with CNN in January, after suing the network for $275 million and saying it defamed him in coverage of a viral video last year. 

Missing from her speech was any of the controversy from four years ago, when her address to delegates in Cleveland liberally borrowed words from an earlier Michelle Obama speech. 

She took a gentle stab at the rough game of politics, saying she would not use her speech to attack any political enemies.

‘I don’t want to use this precious time attacking the other side. As we saw last week, that kind of talk only serves to divide the country further. I am here because we need my husband to be our president and commander-in-chief for four more years,’ she said.

She argued that his blunt statements, which are often criticized as cold, critical and unfeeling, are honesty and that it’s good for the country.

‘He’s what is best for our country. We know Donald Trump makes no secret about how he feels about things. Total honesty is what we as citizens deserve from our president. Whether you like it or not, you always know what he is thinking. That is because he’s an authentic person who loves this country and its people,’ she said. ‘He wants nothing more than for this country to prosper and he doesn’t waste time playing politics.’

She noted that in 2016, experts predicted Donald Trump would lose the presidential election and she touched on Trump’s current standing in the polls – where he trails Democratic rival Joe Biden – to warn people not to underestimate him again.

‘Almost four years ago, we went into Election Day underestimated. Despite what is being said again this year, I know just as you do that Americans will go to the polls and will vote on behalf of their families, our economy, our national security and our children’s future. To vote for those ideals is not a partisan vote. It’s a common sense vote. Because those are goals and hopes that we always believe in. I believe that we need my husband’s leadership now more than ever in order to bring us back once again to the greatest economy and the strongest country ever known,’ she said.

The first lady, who often lets her clothes speak for her, wore an olive green, military-style suit, and her signature stilettos. She spoke in the newly-renovated White House Rose Garden, with a bank of American flags behind her.

President Trump, who sat in the front row of the Rose Garden during her remarks, gave her a hug and a kiss on the check when she was done. The Trumps exited stage right, walking back into the White House together with a pause to stop and wave to the audience of supporters.

Melania Trump also bluntly endorsed her husband for president, pairing her endorsement with her recent exhibit of children’s art work in honor of the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote.

‘I reflected on the impact of women’s voices in our nation’s story and how proud I would be to cast my vote again for Donald this November,’ she said.

She told the second night of the Republican National Convention to not listen to the media reports on her administration or attacks from his political enemies.

‘No matter the amount of negative or false media headlines or attacks from the other side, Donald Trump has not and will not lose focus on you,’ she said. ‘He loves this country. 

‘He knows how to get things done. As you have learned over the past five years, he’s not a traditional politician. He doesn’t just speak words. He demands action and he gets results.’

She described her husband, one of the most controversial presidents in history, as someone who wants to make ‘real change’ and ‘make this country the best it can be.’ 

‘My husband knows how to make a real change,’ she said. ‘From the day that I met him, he has only wanted to make this country the best it can be. Fore many years, I watched him grow concerned and frustrated and I’m so proud to see the many things that he’s done in such a short time. 

‘America is in his heart. So while at times we only see the worst of people and politics on the evening news, let’s remember how we come together in the most difficult times.’

She also addressed the racial tensions in America, which critics have accused President Trump of stoking the flames with his support for the Confederate flag, his defense of police actions against African Americans, and his threat to send in the military against Black Lives Matters demonstrators. 

 

 

Melania Trump walks down the White House colonnade in a dramatic entrance to her speech

Melania Trump walks down the White House colonnade in a dramatic entrance to her speech

Melania Trump's parents Viktor Knavs and Amalija Knavs attended her speech

Melania Trump’s parents Viktor Knavs and Amalija Knavs attended her speech

President Trump addressed the crowd when he arrived ahead of his wife's remarks

President Trump addressed the crowd when he arrived ahead of his wife’s remarks

‘We must remember that today we are all one community comprised of many races, religions and ethnicities. Our diverse and storied history is what makes our country strong and yet we still have so much to learn from one another. With that in mind, I like to call on the citizens of this country to take a moment, pause and look at things from all perspective,’ she said.

She touched on President Trump’s criticism of the Black Lives Matters demonstrations that sprang up around the country in the wake of George Floyd’s death but enclosed her words around a call to arms.

‘I urge people to come together in a civil manner so we can work and live up to our standard American ideals. I also ask people to stop the violence and looting being done in the name of justice. Never make assumptions based on the color of a person’s skin. Instead of steering things down, let’s reflect on our mistakes. Be proud of our evolution and look to our way forward. Every day let us remember that we’re one nation under god and we need to cherish one another,’ she said.

Trump was one of the few convention speakers to acknowledge the price paid by so many people impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

‘I want to acknowledge the fact that since March, our lives have changed drastically. The invisible enemy, covid-19, swept across our beautiful country and impacted all of us,’ she said.

‘My deepest sympathy that goes out to everyone that has lost a loved one and my prayers with those that are ill or suffering. I know many people are anxious and some feel helpless. I want you to know that you’re not alone,’ she added.

She touted the work her husband’s administration has done to combat the disease and referred to him by his first name, in a bit of a personal touch.

‘My husband’s administration will not stop fighting until there is an effective treatment or vaccine available to everyone. Donald will not rest until he has done all he can to take care of everyone impacted by this terrible pandemic,’ she said.

‘I have been moved by the way Americans have come together in such an unfamiliar and often frightening situation. It is in times like this that we will look back and tell our grandchildren that through kindness and compassion, strength and determination, we were able to restore the promise of our future,’ she added.

Melania Trump said she'd spend her next four years as first lady continuing her work on her Be Best campaign and her work restoring the White House

Melania Trump said she’d spend her next four years as first lady continuing her work on her Be Best campaign and her work restoring the White House

President Trump sat in the front row of the White House Rose Garden, listening to his wife make give her speech

President Trump sat in the front row of the White House Rose Garden, listening to his wife make give her speech

President Trump and Melania Trump greeted the crowded after her speech

President Trump and Melania Trump greeted the crowded after her speech

Back to the residence: Donald and Melania Trump walked off stage and headed round the Rose Garden hand in hand after she spoke

Back to the residence: Donald and Melania Trump walked off stage and headed round the Rose Garden hand in hand after she spoke

Abby Johnson, a pro-life activist who worked for Planned Parenthood for eight years, described abortion in graphic detail during Tuesday night's Republican National Convention

Abby Johnson, a pro-life activist who worked for Planned Parenthood for eight years, described abortion in graphic detail during Tuesday night’s Republican National Convention 

Billy Graham's granddaughter Cissie Graham Lynch also took on Democrats for their support of abortion, but also blasted them for supporting policies to aid trans Americans

Billy Graham’s granddaughter Cissie Graham Lynch also took on Democrats for their support of abortion, but also blasted them for supporting policies to aid trans Americans 

She talked about her work over the past four years, including her Be Best campaign, her trip to Africa, her work on drug addiction and her meetings with members of the military and first responders.

She pledged to spend her next four years continuing her work on her Be Best campaign and her work with children.

‘In my next four years as first lady, I’ll continue to build upon Be Best and work with individual states to pass legislation to take care of our most vulnerable. I plan to continue the work I have started with children in foster care as well as the minority communities and tribal nations. I want to make sure children are protected and communities have their resources to combat drug addiction and child neglect or abuse,’ she said.

The first lady, who has taken on several renovation projects around the White House in addition to her work on the White House Rose Garden, said she would continue her restoration work.

‘I also look forward to continue my work to restore the people’s house, which is a lasting symbol of pride for our nation. I believe this iconic home needs to be cared for and preserved so it can be enjoyed by the people of this country and visitors from around the world for years to come. I’m passionate about this beautiful house, the grounds and all they represent,’ she said.

Melania Trump, who garnered a reputation for being reluctant to move to the White House, said she was honoured to serve as first lady.

‘The past 3 1/2 years have been unforgettable,’ she said. ‘There are no words to describe how honored, humbled and fortunate I am to serve our nation as your first lady. After many of the experiences I’ve had, I don’t know if I can fully explain how many people I take home with my in my heart each day. From brave soldiers who gave up so much so that we can be free to children of all circumstances who I have met around the world. Thank you for inspiring me. It is my greatest honor to serve you,’ she said.

‘The same goes for the families and the families of first responders who often watch their loved ones walk out the door not sure if or when they will come home,’ she added.

Additionally, Melania Trump told her personal story of becoming an American and her pride of living in the White House in a rare, personal glimpse into the life of the private first lady.

But she pivoted to the personal, talking about growing up in Slovenia and her dream of moving to the United States.

‘Growing up as a young child in Slovenia, which was under communist rule at the time, I always heard about an amazing place called America. A land that stood for freedom and opportunity. As I grew older, it became my goal to move to the united States and follow my dream working in the fashion industry,’ the former model said.

She also paid tribute to her parents – Viktor And Amalija Knavs – and thanked them for their support. The Knavs live near Washington D.C. and often help care for Barron, the Trump’s 14 year old son.

‘My parents worked very hard to ensure our family could not only leave and prosper in America, but also contribute to a nation that allows for people to arrive with a dream and make a reality. I want to take a moment to thank my mother and father for all they have done for our family. It is because of you that I’m standing here today,’ Trump said.

And she talked about her path to American citizenship.

‘I arrived in the United States when I was 26 years old. Living and working in the land of opportunity was a dream come true. I wanted more. I wanted to be a citizen. After ten years of paperwork and patience, I studied for the test in 2006 and became an American citizen,’ she said.

‘It is still one of the proudest moments in my life because with hard work and determination, I was able to achieve my own American dream. As an immigrant and a very independent woman, I understand what a privilege it is to live here and to enjoy the freedoms and opportunities that we have. As first lady, I have been fortunate to see the American dream come true over and over again,’ she said. 

Ahead of the first lady’s remarks were a hodge podge of speakers and topics: Tiffany Trump attacked the media and big tech for ‘keeping people enslaved,’ Eric Trump claimed his father has put people back to work, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo touted President Trump’s work overseas.

Vice President Mike Pence starred in a video about school choice – filmed in front of a cabin Abraham Lincoln lived in in Indiana.

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf swore in a group of immigrants as American citizens, a ceremony President Trump joined in a dramatic show of executive power. Taking place in the White House, two Marines in dress uniform opened a door so Trump could come out to ‘Hail to the Chief’ to witness the swearing in.

Trump offered another show of executive power in the opening of the second night of his convention, issuing a pardon to convicted bank robber Jon Ponder.

Women had a role – the campaign showed a video that highlighted the women working in the Trump administration and campaign, including outgoing senior adviser Kellyanne Conway, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, and a series of White House spokespeople including Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Stephanie Grisham and Kayleigh McEnany.

There was a graphic account of abortion from anti-abortion activist Abby Johnson, who had worked for Planned Parenthood, a prayer from Billy Graham’s granddaughter, Jane Graham Lynch, and Covington Catholic teenager Nick Sandmann put on the MAGA hat garnered him attention in a stand off with a Native American during a protest last year and gave a speech were he railed against the cancel culture.

First daughter Tiffany Trump went after the media, tech giants and the education establishment in her Tuesday night Republican National Convention speech

First daughter Tiffany Trump went after the media, tech giants and the education establishment in her Tuesday night Republican National Convention speech 

'Dad, let’s make Uncle Robert very proud this week,' said Eric Trump in his convention speech, referencing his uncle the late Robert Trump, whose funeral service was held at the White House Friday

‘Dad, let’s make Uncle Robert very proud this week,’ said Eric Trump in his convention speech, referencing his uncle the late Robert Trump, whose funeral service was held at the White House Friday

Nicholas Sandmann, 17, put on his 'Make America Great Again' hat while speaking during the second night of the Republican Convention Tuesday

Nicholas Sandmann, 17, put on his ‘Make America Great Again’ hat while speaking during the second night of the Republican Convention Tuesday

Melania Trump made her speech from the White House Rose Garden, which she renovated over the past six weeks and unveiled over the weekend

Melania Trump made her speech from the White House Rose Garden, which she renovated over the past six weeks and unveiled over the weekend

Melania 2016 speech vs. Michelle 2008 speech 

Melania Trump in 2016 in Cleveland

‘From a young age, my parents impressed on me the values that you work hard for what you want in life, that your word is your bond and you do what you say and keep your promise, that you treat people with respect.

They taught and showed me values and morals in their daily lives. That is a lesson that I continue to pass along to our son. And we need to pass those lessons on to the many generations to follow. Because we want our children in this nation to know that the only limit to your achievements is the strength of your dreams and your willingness to work for them.’

Michelle Obama in Denver in 2008

‘And Barack and I were raised with so many of the same values: that you work hard for what you want in life; that your word is your bond and you do what you say you’re going to do; that you treat people with dignity and respect, even if you don’t know them, and even if you don’t agree with them.

‘And Barack and I set out to build lives guided by these values, and to pass them on to the next generation. Because we want our children — and all children in this nation — to know that the only limit to the height of your achievements is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work for them.’

 Tuesday night’s speech is meant to serve as a triple fold for the first lady: make the case for President Donald Trump’s second term, shore up his declining support among women voters, and bring redemption from her 2016 address, which liberally borrowed from a previous Michelle Obama speech.   

And she seemed to avoid any controversy in her remarks, which she has worked on for weeks. Her chief of staff, Stephanie Grisham, told MSNBC earlier Tuesday that the words would be ‘authentic.’

‘We’ve been working really hard the last three weeks. I can tell you that every word in this speech is from her. It’s very authentic, and it’s going to come from the heart.’ she said.

As one of the most prominent women in the administration, and someone with higher approval ratings than her husband, Melania Trump can help the president capture the key women voting bloc.

And her speech could be her most prominent campaign moment this year. Never a huge fan of the campaign trail to begin with – she made only a handful of appearances for her husband in 2016 – the first lady’s office has announced no plans for her this fall.  

Melania Trump was scheduled to host two fundraisers – one in California and one in Mar-a-Lago – before the cornavirus pandemic struck and the virus upended those plans. 

But, unlike first daughter Ivanka Trump or the other adult Trump children, the first lady has made no campaign zoom calls or online appearances to tout her husband’s re-election.

And her low profile comes as Joe Biden is closing the gap with women, in part because of the law marks they give President Trump for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. The president, in the 2016 election, won white women without a college degree by 27 per cent. And he won suburban voters by 4 points. 

Tuesday also offered the first lady a second chance to address the party faithful after a plagiarism scandal at the 2016 Republican National Convention turned her big night into a political controversy.

A passage in Trump’s speech in Cleveland four years ago closely mirrored a portion of Obama’s address to the Democratic National Convention in 2008, borrowing word-for-word passages in some cases and echoing Obama’s themes. 

The incident caused an uproar and, as it happened on the first day of the convention, became the main topic of much of the rest of that week. 

Trump made few appearances on the campaign trail after it occurred and, eventually, a staffer for the Trump Organization took the blame for the mishap. 

After Melania Trump spoke to the GOP convention in 2016 (left), it was noted her speech borrowed word-for-word passages in some cases from Michelle Obama's speech to the Democratic National Convention in Denver in 2008 (right)

After Melania Trump spoke to the GOP convention in 2016 (left), it was noted her speech borrowed word-for-word passages in some cases from Michelle Obama’s speech to the Democratic National Convention in Denver in 2008 (right)

The first lady’s remarks were made in the Rose Garden, whose renovations she oversaw were revealed on Saturday. It was a contrast in setting from the other speeches of the evening, most of which took place in the Andrew Mellon Auditorium, a few blocks from the White House. 

The garden’s renovations were paid for by private donations – not taxpayers – but the East Wing declined to release the donors’ name, calling it a private matter.

‘Gardens are symbols of growth and hope. We celebrate this garden in the hope that future generations will not only enjoy – but also draw inspiration and strength – from this space where so much of our history has been shared,’ Trump said at the reception of her remodel.

The newly-renovated garden conforms with the first lady’s personal aesthetic: clean lines, well structured, and soft, neutral colors. But others took to social media to bash the new design as ‘cold, colorless and boring,’ claiming it looks like ‘a cemetery.’ 

The first lady closed out a night of family speeches, including Tiffany Trump, the youngest daughter of the president who recently graduated from Georgetown Law School, and Eric Trump, the president’s son.  

Wednesday night will see Vice President Mike Pence take center stage when he speaks to the convention from Fort McHenry in Baltimore. Lara Trump will also speak as will outgoing White House adviser Kellyanne Conway. 

Tiffany Trump makes rare public speech to RNC to accuse media and tech giants of keeping people ‘mentally enslaved’ by ‘manipulating and invisibly coercing’ how we think as she backs her father saying look to ‘results not rhetoric’

First daughter Tiffany Trump made a rare appearance Tuesday night at the Republican National Convention and railed against the media, the tech giants and the education system suggesting they keep the American people ‘mentally enslaved.’  

‘People must recognize that our thoughts, opinions, and even the choice of who we vote for are being manipulated and invisibly coerced by the media and tech giants,’ the 26-year-old Georgetown Law Center graduate said. 

She said that in the academic arena, students with opposing viewpoints are ‘too afraid to speak,’ while the system promotes ‘groupthink.’ 

First daughter Tiffany Trump went after the media, tech giants and the education establishment in her Tuesday night Republican National Convention speech 

Tiffany Trump is photographed speaking at the Andrew W. Mellon auditorium in Washington, D.C., as part of Tuesday night's RNC program

Tiffany Trump is photographed speaking at the Andrew W. Mellon auditorium in Washington, D.C., as part of Tuesday night’s RNC program 

Tiffany Trump prepares to record her per-recorded remarks, which were part of Tuesday's RNC program

Tiffany Trump prepares to record her per-recorded remarks, which were part of Tuesday’s RNC program 

Setting: Tiffany Trump spoke in her pre-taped address from the Mellon Auditorium in Washington D.C., where her brother Don Jr. spoke Monday. She was followed by Eric Trump, who also pre-taped his speech

Setting: Tiffany Trump spoke in her pre-taped address from the Mellon Auditorium in Washington D.C., where her brother Don Jr. spoke Monday. She was followed by Eric Trump, who also pre-taped his speech

Made for television: Tiffany Trump recorded her speech before it was broadcast - and was recorded herself. There was no live audience, only a small number of photographers and aides

Made for television: Tiffany Trump recorded her speech before it was broadcast – and was recorded herself. There was no live audience, only a small number of photographers and aides

The speech was much more mature than the one she delivered four years ago in Cleveland, as she gushed about the notes the now-president would write on her report cards. 

‘Some dating back to kindergarten,’ she said. ‘Because I like to look back and see the sweet notes he wrote on each and every one of them.’ 

She added that President Donald Trump ‘has never done anything halfway – least of all as a parent.’  

This year’s speech was likely meant to be a wake-up call to fellow millennials. 

‘As a recent graduate, I can relate to so many of you who might be looking for a job. My father built a thriving economy once, and believe me, he will do it again,’ she said. 

‘This election I urge each and every one of you to transcend political boundaries,’ she continued, adding, ‘I urge you to make your judgement based on results and not rhetoric.’ 

While not saying it specifically, she placed the blame of her father unpopularity among some segments of the population – including many of her peers – squarely on the media.  

‘Rather than allowing Americans the right to form our own beliefs, this misinformation system keeps people mentally enslaved to the ideas they deem correct,’ she said. ‘This has fostered unnecessary fear and divisiveness amongst us.’ 

‘Why are so many in the media, in technology, even in our own government, so invested in promoting a biased and fabricated view?’ she continued. ‘Ask yourselves why are we prevented from seeing certain information? Why is one viewpoint promoted while others are hidden?’ 

Entry: Tiffany Trump waved to a non-existent audience as she walked on stage to deliver her speech

Entry: Tiffany Trump waved to a non-existent audience as she walked on stage to deliver her speech

Ready for her close-up: Tiffany Trump gets ready to face the cameras and speak up for her father in her RNC speech

Ready for her close-up: Tiffany Trump gets ready to face the cameras and speak up for her father in her RNC speech

Get ready: A member of the RNC's production staff gets Tiffany Trump ready for her speech to be recorded

Get ready: A member of the RNC’s production staff gets Tiffany Trump ready for her speech to be recorded

In the mirror: Tiffany Trump can be seen in the reflection from the teleprompter as she delivers part of her speech

In the mirror: Tiffany Trump can be seen in the reflection from the teleprompter as she delivers part of her speech

Message: Tiffany Trump's speech was intended to alter perceptions of her father among her peers - Gen Z and Millennials

Message: Tiffany Trump’s speech was intended to alter perceptions of her father among her peers – Gen Z and Millennials

Together: Tiffany Trump with her father and stepmother Melania in Easter 2019, attending a service at Bethesda-on-Sea church in Palm Beach, close to Mar-a-Lago

Together: Tiffany Trump with her father and stepmother Melania in Easter 2019, attending a service at Bethesda-on-Sea church in Palm Beach, close to Mar-a-Lago

‘The answer is control – and because division and controversy breeds profit,’ she said. 

Tiffany Trump said the ‘uncensored truth’ about what Trump supporters believe include equality of opportunity, freedom of thought and expression and also school choice.     

Echoing similar comments she made four years ago on the RNC stage she added, ‘My father does not run away from challenges – even in the face of outright hatred.’

Tiffany Trump then took on masks – but not the ones to be used to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  

‘I encourage you to see beyond the facade that so many other politicians employ, they mask themselves in disguises of decency as they try to pressure us to mask our own identities and beliefs,’ she said. 

‘My father is the only person to challenge the establishment, the entrenched bureaucracy, big pharma, and media monopolies to ensure that American’s constitutional freedoms are upheld, and that justice and truth prevail,’ she touted. 

Eric Trump turns his RNC speech into direct address to his father saying ‘I love you so much’ and says: ‘Dad let’s make Uncle Robert very proud – let’s go get another four years!’

Eric Trump delivered a flag-waving speech at the Republican National Convention where he attacked those who would ‘destroy the monuments of our forefathers’ and spoke directly to his father at the end of his remarks.

Eric, who along with Donald Trump Jr. is an executive at the Trump Organization, referenced his uncle Robert, who died a week ago and had funeral services at the White House on Friday.

‘Dad, let’s make Uncle Robert very proud this week. Let’s go get another four years,’ he said, speaking directly to his father in a televised speech at the virtual convention.

'Dad, let’s make Uncle Robert very proud this week,' said Eric Trump, referencing his uncle the late Robert Trump, whose funeral service was held at the White House Friday

‘Dad, let’s make Uncle Robert very proud this week,’ said Eric Trump, referencing his uncle the late Robert Trump, whose funeral service was held at the White House Friday

‘I love you very much. God bless you and god bless the United States of America,’ he concluded.

The New York-based real estate developer who came up through his father’s businesses hailed farmers and workers, championing ‘deplorables’ and blasting the media for counting out his father’s 2016 campaign.

He went after ‘radical Democrats’ who he said wanted to ‘erase history,’ in a reference to protests and clashes over monuments. 

‘In the view of the radical democrats, America is the source of the world’s problems. As a result, they believe the only path forward is to erase history and forget the past,’ he said.

‘They want to destroy the monuments of our forefathers. They want to disrespect our flag. Burn the stars & stripes that represent patriotism and the American Dream,’ he claimed.

‘They want to disrespect our National Anthem by taking a knee while our armed forces lay down their lives every day to protect our freedom. They do not want the Pledge of Allegiance in our schools. Many don’t want ‘One nation, under God,’ he said.    

Eric Trump, son of US President Donald Trump, prepares to pre-record his address to the Republican National Convention at the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC

Eric Trump, son of US President Donald Trump, prepares to pre-record his address to the Republican National Convention at the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC

Eric Trump spoke directly to his father in his remarks

Eric Trump spoke directly to his father in his remarks

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump watch pallbearers carry the casket of Trump's younger brother Robert, following a memorial service at the White House in Washington, DC, on August 21, 2020. - Robert Trump died on August 16 after being hospitalized for an undisclosed illness, the president said in a statement mourning his loss

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump watch pallbearers carry the casket of Trump’s younger brother Robert, following a memorial service at the White House in Washington, DC, on August 21, 2020. – Robert Trump died on August 16 after being hospitalized for an undisclosed illness, the president said in a statement mourning his loss

He referred to the ‘forgotten man’ and woman, a theme of Trump’s 2016 campaign.

‘First we were ignored. Then we were laughed at. Then they fought us, then together we won,’ he said. 

He complained that the media ‘ignored the Trump flags’ and millions of MAGA banners.

He blasted Democratic nominee Joe Biden as ‘a politician who has been in government for 47 years’ and a ‘career politician who has never signed the front of a check’ as well as a ‘total pushover for communist China.’

‘Biden has pledged to defund the police and take away your cherished 2nd Amendment,’ he said in one attack – even though Biden has said he will not defund the police, has said he owns a shotgun. He does favor a series of gun control measures.

‘To every proud American who bleeds red white and blue my father will continue to fight for you,’ he said. 

Eric, the younger brother of Donald Trump Jr., who spoke Monday, was the subject of a court filing Monday by New York Attorney General Letitia James. 

Her office is investigating whether the Trump Organization and Donald Trump improperly inflated the value of the U.S. president’s assets on annual financial statements in order to secure loans and obtain economic and tax benefits, according to a court filing. 

According to the filing, the subpoenas were issued as part of the attorney general’s ‘ongoing confidential civil investigation into potential fraud or illegality,’ and is investigating whether the Trump Organization inflated the value of assets such as the Seven Springs mansion in Westchester County. 

Donald Trump pardons a black bank robber and swears in new Americans as Republicans try to paint upbeat message about his presidency and economy at convention – while blasting Joe Biden and Democrats as dangerous radical

The second night of the Republican National Convention tried to set a positive tone of optimism Tuesday as President Donald Trump pardoned a convicted bank robber and attended the swearing in ceremony of five new U.S. citizens.  

The now former felon, Jon Ponder, and the FBI agent who arrested him, Rich Beasley, appeared for a video together before prerecorded footage of them speaking alongside the president from the White House began.

At the end of the joint remarks with the three men – the president surprised Ponder with a pardon.

‘I’d like to invite Jon’s wife Jamie to join us as I grant John, I’m not sure you know this, a full pardon. So I don’t know if you know that,’ Trump said before sitting down and signing the pardon.

‘You have done incredible work,’ Trump told Ponder as the former prisoner got teary eyed.

Ponder served a five-year sentence for bank robbery, and after his release he dedicated his life to helping those getting out of prison by starting a reentry program for newly freed individuals. 

‘When I met Jon 15 years ago, he was angry, scared, and facing years in prison. On the drive to jail, we had a long talk and began to understand each other,’ Beasley detailed in a video package of the two speaking together. ‘Five years later, when he got out of prison, Jon and I met for lunch. He was a different man.’

The theme of the second night of the Republican National Convention was ‘America: The Land of Opportunity.’

Trump hosted a naturalization ceremony at the White House for five individuals becoming American citizens.

That move appeared to fly in the face of the Hatch Act, which prevents the use of government property and personnel to campaign for a candidate. The White House said they had uploaded video of the ceremony to a website which the Trump campaign had access.

Day Two of the Republican Convention started off with Donald Trump issuing a 'surprise' pardon on convicted bank robber Jon Ponder (left) as the FBI agent who arrested him, Rich Beasley (right), joined them at the White House

Day Two of the Republican Convention started off with Donald Trump issuing a ‘surprise’ pardon on convicted bank robber Jon Ponder (left) as the FBI agent who arrested him, Rich Beasley (right), joined them at the White House 

Jon's wife was brought on camera for the signing of the pardon

Jon’s wife was brought on camera for the signing of the pardon

Ponder got teary-eyed when Trump announced he was pardoning him

Ponder got teary-eyed when Trump announced he was pardoning him 

'America: The Land of Opportunity': The theme for the second night continued as Trump hosted a naturalization ceremony at the White House for five individuals becoming U.S. citizens

‘America: The Land of Opportunity’: The theme for the second night continued as Trump hosted a naturalization ceremony at the White House for five individuals becoming U.S. citizens 

'You followed the rules, you obeyed the laws, you learned your history, embraced our values and proved yourselves to be men and women of the highest integrity. It's not so easy. You went through a lot,' Trump said of the legal process to become an American citizen

‘You followed the rules, you obeyed the laws, you learned your history, embraced our values and proved yourselves to be men and women of the highest integrity. It’s not so easy. You went through a lot,’ Trump said of the legal process to become an American citizen

Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf headed the ceremony and read the oath off to the candidates for naturalization.

‘On behalf of the Department of Homeland Security, it is my honor to call you My Fellow Americans,’ Wolf said at the conclusion of the oath before handing the podium over to Trump. ‘Mr. President. I want to again commend you for your dedication to the rule of law, and for restoring integrity to our immigration system. Thank you for hosting such a patriotic celebration here at the White House today.’

Trump congratulated the five recipients of citizenship: ‘You are now fellow citizens of the greatest nation on the face of God’s Earth.’

‘You followed the rules, you obeyed the laws, you learned your history, embraced our values and proved yourselves to be men and women of the highest integrity. It’s not so easy. You went through a lot,’ Trump said of the legal process to become an American citizen.

The five countries represented at the ceremony were Bolivia, India, Sudan, Lebanon and Ghana. 

The Trump administration has become known for its hardline illegal immigration policies as Democrats have lambasted the president for separating families at the southern border.

Trump has claimed to be the ‘law & order’ president.

During Beasley and Ponder’s remarks, the duo also praised Trump for his commitment to criminal justice reform and law enforcement, as the country continues to face turmoil as tensions heighten between police officers and the black community.

Beasley and Ponder spoke of Trump’s commitment to criminal justice reform and law enforcement, as the country continues to face turmoil as tensions heighten between police officers and the black community.

‘I’m grateful for President Trump’s commitment to criminal justice reform,’ Beasley said. ‘Six months ago, he was the guest speaker at the HOPE for Prisoners graduation, and he stayed much longer than scheduled to hand out diplomas to the 29 men and women who graduated that day.’

‘The most important man in the free world was shaking hands and pledging his administration’s support to ex-offenders,’ he continued of a program that helps prisoners obtain their diploma.

Beasley, a retired FBI agent, added: ‘I also appreciate President Trump’s support for law enforcement. He knows the overwhelming percentage of law enforcement officers are good, smart people who are doing their jobs well. And they can change the world, working with people like Jon.’ 

Nicholas Sandmann (right) spoke Tuesday night, Baltimore Republican congressional candidate Kim Klacik (center) spoke Monday and Eric Trump (left) spoke Tuesday

Nicholas Sandmann (right) spoke Tuesday night, Baltimore Republican congressional candidate Kim Klacik (center) spoke Monday and Eric Trump (left) spoke Tuesday

The night also featured several other ‘everyday’ voter speakers, including a former Planned Parenthood clinic director and now pro-life activist Abby Johnson.

‘I truly believed I was helping women,’ Johnson said.

‘I support President Trump because he’s done more for the unborn than any other President,’ she continued, citing his accomplishment for the pro-life movement.

‘Life is a core tenet of who we are as Americans,’ Johnson said. ‘This election is a choice between two radical, anti-life activists, and the most pro-life President we’ve ever had. That’s something that should compel you to action.’

Directly after her remarks, 17-year-old Nicholas Sandmann addressed the convention about an altercation that happened while he was in Washington D.C. for the March for Life, a massive annual pro-life march on the Nation’s Capitol.

‘In January 2019, I attended the March for Life in Washington D.C. where I demonstrated in defense of the unborn,’ Sandmann detailed during his pre-recorded speech. ‘Later that day, I bought a ‘Make America Great Again’ hat because our President, Donald Trump, has distinguished himself as the most pro-life Presidents in the history of our country and I wanted to express my support for him too.’

Also speaking Monday was Abby Johnson, a former clinic director of Planned Parenthood who is now a pro-life activist, claiming Trump is 'the most pro-life President we've ever had'

Also speaking Monday was Abby Johnson, a former clinic director of Planned Parenthood who is now a pro-life activist, claiming Trump is ‘the most pro-life President we’ve ever had’

Nicholas Sandmann, 17, spoke about his confrontation with a Native American protester in front of the Lincoln Memorial last year that went viral because he was wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat

Nicholas Sandmann, 17, spoke about his confrontation with a Native American protester in front of the Lincoln Memorial last year that went viral because he was wearing a ‘Make America Great Again’ hat

'I wouldn't be cancelled': Sandmann said he is looking 'forward to the day that the media returns to providing balanced, responsible and accountable news coverage. I know President Trump hopes for that too'

‘I wouldn’t be cancelled’: Sandmann said he is looking ‘forward to the day that the media returns to providing balanced, responsible and accountable news coverage. I know President Trump hopes for that too’

Sandmann, whose Catholic school took students from Kentucky to D.C. for the mark, went viral after a confrontation in front of the Lincoln Memorial with a Native American activist.

The protester went up to Sandmann, who was wearing his new red ‘MAGA’ hat, and pounded on a drum a few inches from his face. The teenager was excoriated in the media for a smirk he had during the confrontation.

He said the ‘awkward smile’ was an attempt to hide his thoughts and avoid embarrassing himself or further instigating the man.

He then railed against cancel culture, claiming the media attempted to cancel him.

‘But I wouldn’t be cancelled,’ Sandmann said. ‘I fought back hard to expose the media for what they did to me and won a personal victory. While much more must be done, I look forward to the day that the media returns to providing balanced, responsible and accountable news coverage.’

He added: ‘I know President Trump hopes for that too.’ 

Melania Trump will deliver her biggest, most high-profile speech in four years as the headliner for the second night of the Republican Convention, arguing for her husband’s reelection.

Her closest aide said every word will be original. 

‘I can tell you that every word in this speech is from her. It’s very authentic, and it’s going to come from the heart, so we’re really excited for people to hear from her,’ her chief of staff Stephanie Grisham told MSNBC on Tuesday morning. 

Tuesday night’s speech is meant to serve as a triple fold for the first lady: make the case for President Donald Trump’s second term, shore up his declining support among women voters, and bring redemption from her 2016 address, which liberally borrowed from a previous Michelle Obama speech.  

A speaker scheduled for Day Two of the convention had her speech pulled just minutes before she was to appear before the nation.

The move came after she tweeted a string of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.

‘Do yourself a favor and read this thread,’ wrote Mary Ann Mendoza, an ‘Angel mom’ who was to speak at Trump’s nominating convention.

Mendoza’s son was killed by a drunk driver who was in the country illegally. Trump has held multiple events with ‘angel moms’ to fuel his campaign against illegal immigration .

Mary Ann Mendoza, an 'Angel mom' who was to speak at President Donald Trump's nominating convention, had her speech canceled minutes before a scheduled appearance following a report on an anti-Semitic post she retweeted

Mary Ann Mendoza, an ‘Angel mom’ who was to speak at President Donald Trump’s nominating convention, had her speech canceled minutes before a scheduled appearance following a report on an anti-Semitic post she retweeted

The tweet linked to a series of conspiracy theories involving the The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a trope that runs back to the Nazi era. It also tied in conspiracy theories involving the Rothschids, a famous European banking family, accusing them of a plot to terrorize non-jews.

After the Daily Beast reported on the tweets promoted by Mendoza, she apologized ‘for not paying attention to the intent of the whole message.’

‘That does not reflect my feelings or personal thoughts whatsoever,’ she wrote on Twitter. 

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