With the event only days away, we've finally gotten at least a semblance of a list of Republican National Convention speakers. It's still not set in stone who will or won't be speaking at the Cleveland convention, which will be held July 18 to July 21. However, one person we do know who will be speaking at the RNC Convention? Melania Trump, wife of the presumptive GOP nominee.
Melania, unlike other candidates' spouses, has hung back, relative to the rest of the family. Instead, it's been Donald's oldest daughter, entrepreneur and Executive Vice President of the Trump Organization Ivanka Trump, who has been, arguably, the most visible member of the Trump clan on the trail — perhaps, rivaled only by her brother Eric. Some even refer to Ivanka as the "unofficial campaign spouse," as the New York Times reported last September.
Ivanka's especially been on the front lines of combating Trump's "woman problem," defending her father against accusations that he's sexist. From the first Republican debate when Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly questioned Trump's objectification of women, his campaign has been on the offensive to fight the idea that presumptive Republican nominee is sexist. However, Melania has taken a stab at Trump's "woman issue" as well, saying in a speech in Wisconsin that "he treats [women] equal."
Originally from Slovenia (formerly Yugoslavia), Melania came to the United State in 1996 and eventually became a naturalized citizen. She's caught some controversy during the campaign about being an immigrant considering her husband's strict immigration policies. But in an interview with MSNBC, she said, "I follow a law the way it's supposed to be. I never thought to stay here without papers. I had a visa. I travel every few months back to the country, to Slovenia, to stamp the visa. I came back. I applied for the green card. I applied for the citizenship later on after many years of green card. So I went by system. I went by the law, and you should do that."
Although she hasn't been as outspoken as some of Trumps family members, she's still made the media rounds, including a GQ interview with Julia Ioffe, a Jewish-American journalist. In April, the Russian-American journalist wrote a profile that Trump wasn't too fond of, as he posted on his Facebook:
The article published in GQ today is yet another example of the dishonest media and their disingenuous reporting. Julia Ioffe, a journalist who is looking to make a name for herself, clearly had an agenda when going after my family.
Within 24 hours of the Facebook post, Ioffe received anti-Semitic death threats from Trump supporters. Not only did neither Melania nor Donald Trump come out against the horrifying response, but Melania seemed to blame it on Ioffe, telling DuJour that Ioffe "provoked" the threats.
According to the presumptive Republican nominee, his wife told him not to run for president. "We have such a great life. Why do you want to do this?" Trump told the Washington Post she said. But he also added that Melania told him, “I hope you don’t do it, but if you run, you’ll win.”