Melania Trump on Monday unveiled a new art exhibit linked to the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage ahead of its debut at the Republican National Convention.
And in her comments, she praised President Donald Trump’s work for women at a time when his support is waning among them.
“Since I took office, my husband and this government have taken historic steps to empower and support women in the United States – and around the world -” she said.
‘The child discount has doubled under our administration. American women, who make up more than half of the workforce, have experienced the lowest unemployment rate in more than 65 years, ”she added. “In addition to these achievements, this government has fulfilled many of its senior functions with women.”
Melania Trump has unveiled a new art exhibit related to the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage
First Lady Melania Trump hugs Joy Barnard, Michigan, while Second Lady Karen Pence watches; the children were tested for COVID prior to the event
It was a rare, almost campaign-like moment for the first lady, who tends to focus her work on childhood issues and leave politics aside.
She also encouraged everyone to vote, although she didn’t specify how to vote. President Trump has spoken out against email voting because it causes electoral fraud – without providing any evidence. Both the president and the first lady vote in their absence in Florida, their permanent residence.
We, as women, must continue to use our greatest empowerment tool: our voice. In 2020, the voice of the American woman is more important than ever. Our nation depends on you. I encourage you all to vote so that we can continue to build the brightest future for all of our children, ”said the first lady.
Melania Trump praised her new project in connection with the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which includes a work of art from each of the 50 states and US territories associated with the women’s suffrage movement. It is available to be viewed here online.
The first lady walked through the exhibition to view the art and talk to the children who made it. About 30 children attended, and all had undergone COVID testing before the event, an East Wing official said.
Some children hugged the first lady. Then she posed with them for a group photo.
And she told the parents that the children had “done a great job.”
The first lady at the event were Second Lady Karen Pence, White House Senior Advisor Kellyanne Conway, First Lady Stephanie Grisham’s Chief of Staff, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, and SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza.
The ‘Building the Movement: America’s Youth Celebrate 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage’ initiative announced in June called for drawings of children between grades 3 and 12 with images related to the suffrage movement.
Her comments come before her Tuesday night speech before the Republican National Convention.
The first lady’s speech is wonderful. It’s the highlight of the week, ” outgoing White House adviser Kellyanne Conway told reporters after the event on Monday.
President Trump won in the 2016 election with 27 percent of white women without college degrees. And he won suburban voters by 4 points.
But polls show Democratic nominee Joe Biden is bridging the gap with women, in part because of the legal cues they give President Trump for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. The poll numbers caused some alarm among Republicans.
A YouGov poll earlier this month found that 37 percent of women approve of Trump, while 57 percent disapprove. Biden leads Trump overall in the national polls on the race.
And a Washington Post-ABC poll last month found that Biden women trusted Trump on “ crime and security ” issues with 23 points: 57 percent to 34 percent. Women also said they trusted Biden more when dealing with the 28-point coronavirus pandemic.
Outgoing White House Adviser Kellyanne Conway (center) attended the event with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos (left) and Melania Trump’s Chief of Staff Stephanie Grisham (right)
During her remarks, preceding her speech before the GOP convention on Tuesday, Melania Trump praised President Trump’s work for women
After speaking, the first lady attended the art exhibition featuring art made by children in honor of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment
Melania Trump joined President Trump last week when he announced the pardon of suffragette Susan B. Anthony
Melania Trump held a women’s vote event for her husband in Pennsylvania during the closing days of the 2016 election.
It’s unclear what her campaign role will be in this cycle, but she speaks at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday night from her newly renovated White House Rose Garden.
She is one of the most high-profile women in the Trump administration, along with first daughter Ivanka Trump, who traveled to North Carolina with her father on Monday and will introduce him on Thursday when he addresses the Republican National Convention from the south of the White House. Lawn.
Kellyanne Conway, the senior adviser who helped lead Trump’s 2016 campaign, is also one of the most visible women in the administration, but announced on Sunday that she would be leaving the White House at the end of the month.
The first lady sided with the president last week when he announced that he would pardon Susan B. Anthony, a leader in the movement that gave women the right to vote, who was arrested in 1872 for voting at a time when there were only men. goods. allowed to do this.
But some women criticized the president for his move, arguing that Anthony was doing nothing wrong and shouldn’t be treated like a criminal.
“I was deeply concerned to learn that Trump went ahead and treated her like a criminal,” said Kathy Hochul, New York’s Democratic Lieutenant Governor. “Susan B. Anthony has not been guilty of anything.”
She called on Trump to revoke the pardon during Tuesday’s comments at the Susan B. Anthony House.
She was proud of her arrest to draw attention to the women’s rights case and never paid her a fine. Let her rest in peace, ”said Hochul. ‘I stopped for a long time to find out why he does what he does, but this was not to honor her. I don’t know why he did what he did, but I assure you it was not in the public interest. ‘
The 19th Amendment states that “the right to vote of citizens of the United States must not be denied or curtailed by the United States or any state on the basis of gender.”
Congress approved it in 1919, and the amendment was ratified on August 18, 1920.