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Melania Trump breaks silence on US Capitol riot

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 03: First Lady Melania Trump attends an event to mark National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month in the East Room of the White House on September 3, 2020 in Washington, DC. The First Lady hosted a round table event with people who are recovering from substance use and mental health issues. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

First lady Melania Trump made her first comments Monday, 11 January, about the violence at the Capitol when pro-Trump rioters stormed the building last week.

In a lengthy written statement posted to the white house website and shared on her Twitter account, she said that her heart goes out to the six people who have died since the attack, including two Capitol police officers.

“I am disappointed and disheartened with what happened last week, 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, she wrote.

Melania Trump said she absolutely condemn the violence that unfolded at the Capitol and said that she implores people to never make assumptions based on the colour of a person’s skin or use differing political ideologies as a basis for aggression and viciousness.

The first lady urged people to focus on what unites Americans and not what causes division.

“It is inspiring to see that so many have found a passion and enthusiasm in participating in an election, but we must not allow that passion to turn to violence, she continued.

She made no mention of those who are responsible for inciting the violence last Wednesday. Some have charged that includes President Donald Trump and some Republican lawmakers who encouraged pro-Trump supporters to fight at the Capitol as lawmakers tried to count the electoral college votes that solidified Biden’s victory.

The first lady also said nothing about the calls for vice president Mike Pence, with the help of Trump’s Cabinet, to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office or the plan by house democrats to possibly impeach him for a second time.

She said it’s been the honour of a lifetime to serve as the first lady.

While Melania has largely stayed quiet during her husband’s attempts to defy the election result, she has echoed the president’s misleading language of counting legal votes and has not publicly acknowledged Biden’s victory.

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