Why Melania Trump’s RNC Speech Doesn’t Humanize the Trump Presidency
Melania Trump walked to the Rose Garden podium that she desecrated like a fashion model walking the catwalk. Still a model who knows how to work it, her speech at the Republican National Convention, this time not pinched from Michelle Obama, was pleasing to the ear. Like most of the Trump presidency, it was smoke and mirrors with a lot of gaslighting thrown in.
FLOTUS on the pandemic
She addressed the tragedy of this pandemic that her husband and his administration helped to exacerbate by taking no leadership role. When asked about the death toll, her husband said, “It is what it is.”
His comment contradicts the First Lady’s assertion that Trump “will not rest until he has done all he can.” He has no national testing strategy or contact tracing plan. He has negated testing and downplayed this pandemic from day one. What exactly has he done?
While talking about COVID-19, she stood in the center of a gathering where no social distancing was taking place. Rows and rows of people had no masks on. Only the people in the same row as the president were tested. She expressed so much care and concern for the whole country while the White House could care less about the people in attendance.
FLOTUS on immigration
Aligned with the theme of “Land of Opportunity,” she highlighted her immigrant experience. She’s not from one of the “shithole” countries her husband has complained about, so the conservatives in attendance nodded at her in approval.
It’s such an important part of her history. Yet, she’s done nothing to help immigrants as First Lady, staying silent as her husband’s administration passed laws curbing immigration.
When this White House has gone after brown immigrants with a vengeance, from building the wall to filling detention centers with people legally seeking asylum, she didn’t care. She showed she didn’t care when she wore a jacket that said, “I really don’t care, do u?” to visit children put in cages.
On race relations and equality
Melania Trump talked about not judging people based on skin color. Barack Obama’s melanin level probably had nothing to do with why she backed the birther theory about him.
She mentioned how her trip to Africa gave her perspective, but it didn’t stop her from sporting a colonial chic outfit that was a direct rip-off from the explorers who brutalized Africans. As she talked about being “horrified” when her guide in Ghana spoke about the atrocities of the slave trade, she still had her ice queen expression on her face.
The First Lady acknowledged our troubled history and the need for unity. At the same time, she warned against “tearing things down,” a direct allusion to keeping Confederate monuments up. While promoting unity, she managed to promote one of the obstacles to it.
What Americans deserve and should aspire to
She proclaimed, “Total honesty is what we as citizens deserve from our president.” As of July 9th, her husband has made 20,000 statements that are not true or misleading. And this is just what’s been fact-checked.
She advised Americans to “come together in a civil manner” and “live up to our standard of American ideals.” Donald Trump isn’t civil when he goes after his critics with a vengeance. A basic ideal is compassion that he’s been incapable of showing to close to 180,000 Americans who have died of COVID-19. Again. “It is what it is.” Now, he’s trying to cheat to win the election by going after the USPS. Melania Trump wants us to embody what her husband does not.
The opioid crisis
When talking about addiction and the opioid crisis, she urged lawmakers, parents, and teachers to do their part, not mentioning how this administration addressed it in the budget in 2019. It was a combination of not enough funding and cuts to programs that would combat it.
Where is she when all of this is going on? She’s silent. This speech is the most she’s spoken since she has been First Lady. And why is she talking? Not to help the American people. To help her husband.
She is not about service. She’s about self-service like her husband and his whole administration.
A great model
Melania Trump is still a great model. Models are supposed to support a product or a brand. In her speech, she did exactly that. She helped her husband’s brand.
Fox journalist, Chris Wallace called her speech “impressive” for being a light at the RNC. She accomplished that but not in the way she intended. She shined more light on her husband’s hypocritical machine, and like all machines, the humanity is missing.