First Lady Melania Trump casts herself as a victim of “salacious gossip” and mourn the death of rioters in her first public comments since supporters of Donald Trump stormed the Capitol last Wednesday.
“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. This time is solely about healing our country and its citizens. It should not be used for personal gain,” Melania wrote.
She also mourned the loss of the rioters first then the two Capitol Police officers, Brian Sicknick who died on Thursday from injuries sustained in the attack and Howard Liebengood who died by suicide on Saturday.
“Most recently, my heart goes out to: Air Force Veteran, Ashli Babbitt, Benjamin Philips, Kevin Greeson, Roseanne Boyland, and Capitol Police Officers, Brian Sicknick and Howard Liebengood. I pray for their families comfort and strength during this difficult time,” she said.
Melania did not blame her husband, the president or his allies on Capitol Hill and in conservative media for inciting the mob, instead she described the events leading up to Wednesday as people finding “a passion and enthusiasm in participating in an election.”
However, she did condemn the violence in the Capitol on Wednesday writing “make no mistake about it, I absolutely condemn the violence that has occurred on our Nation’s Capitol,” adding, “violence is never acceptable.”