Melania Trump says she is “ disappointed and disheartened ” by the deadly riot on Capitol Hill last week.
Melania Trump said she was “disappointed and disheartened” by the deadly riot on Capitol Hill last week by supporters of her husband. But breaking her silence on Monday, she also criticized those who she said took advantage of the tragic event to spread “salacious gossip, unjustified personal attacks and false and misleading accusations about me.”
the declaration marked the first public comment from the first lady in the five days since a violent mob of Trump supporters, angry at Trump’s electoral loss and excited by the president himself, stormed the Capitol on Wednesday and temporarily disrupted proceedings certifying Democrat Joe Biden would be the next president on January 20.
“I am disappointed and disheartened by what happened last week,” she wrote in a White House blog post published before sunrise. “I find it shameful that around these tragic events there has been salacious gossip, unwarranted personal attacks and deceptive false accusations against me – from people who seek to be relevant and who have an agenda.”
The first lady did not say who she was referring to. Last week, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a former friend of the first lady and assistant to the White House, wrote an op-ed accusing her of being “an accomplice in the destruction of America.”
Their friendship ended bitterly after Wolkoff, who had worked on organizing festivities for Trump’s inauguration in 2017, said the first lady failed to defend her after questions arose about inaugural spending, which is now the subject of federal and congressional inquiries.
In Monday’s message, the first lady said: “This time it’s all about healing our country and its citizens. It should not be used for personal purposes. “
“Our nation must heal in a civilian way,” she wrote. “Make no mistake, I absolutely condemn the violence that has taken place on our nation’s Capitol. Violence is never acceptable. “
She also urged people to end the violence, not to judge people by the color of their skin, or to “use different political ideologies as the basis for aggression and wickedness.” She made no comment about her husband or his role in encouraging his supporters to come to the Capitol.