Melania Trump says her husband Donald will punch back 10 times harder when he’s politically attack. The soft-spoken wife of the Republican front-runner took the stage moments after her husband reached the podium to deliver a speech during the Wisconsin primary.
Rarely heard from on the campaign trail, the Slovenian-born former model has previously shared only a few words with Donald Trump supporters during the spare occasions she has joined the brash billionaire on stage at campaign rallies, according to US Magazine. But Melania Trump’s mission Monday night — capping off a week of controversies with the potential to hurt Trump’s already struggling support among women voters — was clear as she delivered prepared remarks clocking in at just under a minute.
“As you may know by now, when you attack him he will punch back 10 times harder,” Melania Trump said in her thick eastern European accent. “No matter who you are, a man or a woman, he treats everyone equal. He’s a fighter and if you elect him to be your president he will fight for you and for our country.”
Melanie Trump lauded her husband as a “kind” man with a “great heart” who is both “a great communicator” and negotiator. “He’s telling the truth,” she said. “He will work for you and with you and together we will make America strong and great again.”
Trump, for his part, praised his wife — who has said she has remained mostly off the campaign trail to be a present parent to their nine-year-old son — as an “incredible mother.” Melania Trump’s remarks came after Trump’s campaign manager was charged last Tuesday with battery for allegedly grabbing a female reporter last month after a news conference.
That news dominated the airwaves for several days until Trump himself stirred controversy with a series of comments on abortion that he and his campaign quickly walked back. Trump said in an MSNBC town hall that women should face “some form of punishment” for getting an abortion should the procedure be outlawed — a statement that united anti-abortion activists and abortion rights supporters in condemnation. Trump reversed that statement hours later in a statement, referring to women who get abortions as victims.
But just two days later, Trump appeared to flip-flop again on the issue, saying in an interview Friday that he would not change the country’s laws to outlaw abortion. His spokeswoman later walked back that remark.
Donald Trump’s struggles put him at risk of losing the largely reliably supportive constituency of evangelical voters before the Wisconsin primary, considered a pivotal group. Trump, who was viewed unfavorably by more than 7-in-10 women voters according to the most recent CNN/ORC poll, also stood to lose even more support among them.