Melania Trump’s speech Thursday lamenting cyberbullying caused an uproar on social media as critics pointed to her husband’s well-documented history of attacking those he doesn’t like on Twitter.
Speeches by spouses rarely attract major attention. But all eyes were focused on Trump because she has largely avoided the campaign trail and hasn't given a campaign speech since the Republican National Convention.
In addition to describing her upbringing in Slovenia and becoming an American citizen, Trump said that if she becomes First Lady she will focus on stopping cyberbullying and increasing civility.
Even as Donald Trump assails political correctness, insults opponents in harsh late-night tweets and draws bipartisan rebukes for racially tinged insults, his wife vowed Thursday that she would devote her energy as first lady to reducing online bullying and promoting more civil discourse in American society.
“Our culture has become too mean and too rough, especially to children and teenagers,” Melania Trump said at a small rally in Berwyn, Pa. “We have to find a better way to talk to each other, to disagree with each other, to respect each other.”
Trump’s speech, just five days before election day, was her first solo address of the general election campaign. Her speech at the Republican National Convention, initially well-received, came under criticism after it was discovered that portions of it were lifted from a speech given by Michelle Obama in 2008.
Hillary Clinton contended Thursday that Donald Trump has spent his entire campaign "offering a dog whistle to his most hateful supporters," citing as evidence the recent endorsement of his candidacy in an official publication of the Ku Klux Klan.
"They said it's about preserving white identity, and they placed their faith and hope in him," she said, noting the endorsement was written under his slogan of "Make America Great Again."
"You have to ask," she added, "do any of us have a place in Trump's America?"
Ted Cruz called Donald Trump a coward during the bitter Republican presidential primary last spring and snubbed him over the summer at the Republican National Convention by withholding his endorsement.
But that was then.
On Thursday, Cruz was on the road campaigning with GOP vice presidential hopeful Mike Pence.
An unlikely duo is working to tamp down talk from a handful of House Republicans who say Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton should be impeached if she's elected president.
Some House Republicans have in recent days echoed statements from Republican nominee Donald Trump about a potential "constitutional crisis" if Clinton's emails are investigated by the FBI while she's in office. The FBI announced recently it is reviewing emails that may be related to Clinton which it didn't have during its initial investigation.
House minority leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) have each urged House Republicans to take the impeachment issue off the table.
Hillary Clinton will hold a final election rally Monday evening in Philadelphia with President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton and their daughter, Chelsea.
Long a politically important swing state, Pennsylvania is seen as a firewall Clinton needs to hold to win. She and Donald Trump both have visited the state repeatedly over the past few months, and Trump's wife, Melania, is speaking in the state Thursday.
Both Clinton and Trump are scheduled to hold events in New York as they wait for results Tuesday evening.