First lady Melania Trump on Monday lashed out at her critics and cast herself as a victim amid an unprecedented attack on democracy.
Mrs. Trump broke her silence on the Capitol insurrection incited by her husband in a letter posted on the White House website early Monday. In it, she slams recent criticism launched at herself for her disinterest in addressing the nation and then condemns the violence.
“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 said.
Trump then condemned the events of last week: “I am disappointed and disheartened with what happened last week,” the first lady, whose “Be Best” platform centers on civility and kindness, said in the post. “Make no mistake about it, I absolutely condemn the violence that has occurred on our Nation’s Capitol. Violence is never acceptable,” she wrote.
The first lady expressed condolences to the four Trump supporters killed during the attacks before going on to recognize the US Capitol Police officers who died in the line of duty.
“Most recently, my heart goes out to: Air Force Veteran, Ashli Babbit, Benjamin Philips, Kevin Greeson, Rosanne Boyland, and Capitol Police Officers, Brian Sicknick and Howard Liebengood. I pray for their families comfort and strength during this difficult time,” she said.
While images of the mob breaking into the Capitol consumed the airwaves, the first lady was reportedly focused on a photoshoot at the White House.
Her disinterest in addressing the country was indicative of being “checked out,” a White House source said. “she just isn’t in a place mentally or emotionally anymore where she wants to get involved.”