First lady Melania Trump issued her first public statement since the attack on the Capitol, calling the pandemonium “tragic.”
The first lady broke her silence on Monday morning in a statement saying she was “disappointed and disheartened” by the group of the president’s supporters who stormed the Capitol last Wednesday as Congress was certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral victory. Dozens of arrests have been made, but none in connection to any of the deaths that occurred.
She said her “heart goes out to” the people who lost their lives at the Capitol or in the events that followed: Ashli Babbitt, Benjamin Philips, Kevin Greeson, Rosanne Boyland, and Capitol Police officers Brian Sicknick and Howard Liebengood. Trump, who did not mention her husband’s role in instigating the crowd to descend upon the Capitol, said she prays “for their families comfort and strength during this difficult time.”
“Make no mistake about it, I absolutely condemn the violence that has occurred on our Nation’s Capitol,” she said. “Violence is never acceptable.”
The first lady then went on the offensive, attacking unnamed people for promoting “salacious gossip” and “unwarranted personal attacks” about her.
“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,” she said. “This time is solely about healing our country and its citizens. It should not be used for personal gain.”
The statement also appeared to publicly acknowledge that Biden will come in as the next president on Jan. 20.
“It has been the honor of my lifetime to serve as your First Lady,” she said. “I want to thank the millions of Americans who supported my husband and me over the past 4 years and shown the incredible impact of the American spirit. I am grateful to you all for letting me serve you on platforms which are dear to me.”