In a very brief introduction for his wife Melania, presumptive Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump took to the stage in Cleveland at the party's convention, saying: "We're going to win so big, thank you very much," before swiftly introducing his Slovenian-born wife to address the crowd.
The introduction contrasted starkly with his almost 30-minute introduction for his running mate, Governor Mike Pence.Melania took her opportunity to present herself to the party and to the nation, calling her naturalization as a US citizen "the greatest privilege on earth."
She also sought to re-cast her husband's image. Praising his loyalty and love, and calling him a "great leader," Melania said to great applause "Now he will go and work for you... Donald gets things done."
Trump has been dogged by controversies throughout the campaign for various remarks and proposals described widely as racist, misogynistic, and divisive. He has the lowest approval rating for any presidential candidate since polls began.
"Donald wants prosperity for all Americans... [he] wants to represent all peoples: Christians, Jews and Muslims," Melania said, promoting a message of unity over the more forceful and aggressive message of former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who preceded her at the podium.
Trump has repeatedly suggested that he would ban entry and immigration of Muslims or citizens from Muslim nations, calling for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” Many US Jewish groups have condemned these statements, and have expressed extreme reservations at the candidate's courting of the Alt-right movement in the US, which has strong anti-Semitic trends, especially in its online presence.
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