Advertisement
Share

Melania Trump says she is ‘disappointed and disheartened’ by Capitol riot

First Lady Melania Trump and President Trump at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., on Dec. 31, 2020.
First Lady Melania Trump and President Trump step off Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., on Dec. 31, 2020.
(Patrick Semansky / Associated Press)

Melania Trump said Monday that she is “disappointed and disheartened” by the deadly riot at the Capitol last week by supporters of her husband. But she also lashed out at people she said have used the tragic event to spread “salacious gossip, unwarranted personal attacks and false and misleading accusations about me.”

The statement marked the first lady’s first public comment in the five days since a violent mob of Trump supporters, angry over Trump’s election loss and stirred up by the president himself, stormed the Capitol and temporarily disrupted proceedings certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory.

“I am disappointed and disheartened with what happened last week,” Melania Trump wrote in a White House blog post released before sunrise. “I find it shameful that surrounding these tragic events there has been salacious gossip, unwarranted personal attacks, and false misleading accusations on me — from people who are looking to be relevant and have an agenda.”

The first lady did not say whom she was referring to. Last week, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, the first lady’s former friend and onetime assistant at the White House, wrote an editorial accusing her former boss of being “complicit in the destruction of America.”

Advertisement

Their friendship ended bitterly after Wolkoff, who had worked on arranging festivities for Trump’s inauguration in 2017, said the first lady failed to defend her after questions arose about inaugural spending, now the subject of federal and congressional investigations.

Three members of the House of Representatives introduced the article of impeachment, citing the president’s role in ‘incitement of insurrection.’

In the post Monday, the first lady said: “This time is solely about healing our country and its citizens. It should not be used for personal gain.”

“Our Nation must heal in a civil manner,” she wrote. “Make no mistake about it, I absolutely condemn the violence that has occurred on our Nation’s Capitol. Violence is never acceptable.”

She also urged people to stop the violence, not judge people by the color of their skin or “use differing political ideologies as a basis for aggression and viciousness.” She made no comment about her husband or his role in encouraging his supporters to go to the Capitol.

A tell-all book and a new combative stance prove that Melania Trump is a player, not a prisoner, of her husband’s administration.

Trump encouraged his supporters to flock to Washington to stop Congress from certifying the presidential vote. After addressing a rally near the White House in which he encouraged his supporters to keep fighting, they stormed the Capitol.

Five people, including a Capitol Police officer, died.


Advertisement