Apart from ignorning to invite the future FLOTUS for a White House Tour, Melania faliled to address many important things, like always.
On Monday, First Lady Melania Trump bid farewell to Americans as she reflected on her four "unforgettable" years in the White House. She thanked citizens of the country for the "greatest honor of my life," while urging people to choose "peace over violence." The seven-minute-long recorded video message was posted on Twitter, two days before the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, reports USA Today. However, Melania made no mention of Joe Biden or his wife Dr. Jill in her speech. She was heavily criticized on Twitter for not giving incoming First Lady Jill Biden a tour of the White House or even meeting her once before leaving.
She began by appreciating caregivers, military service members, and law enforcement, all of whom have inspired her since her entry into the White House. "The past four years have been unforgettable. As Donald and I conclude our time in the White House, I think of all the people I have taken home in my heart and their incredible stories of love, patriotism, and determination," she said in the message. Melania then transitioned to speak at length about the pandemic and its impact on the nation.
Exactly. Of all the messages Melanie could have worn, she chose a hateful message.— Liddle’ Penny Trickledown 🇺🇸💙🗽⚖️ (@ATrickledown) January 18, 2021
She thanked every essential worker including health care professionals and truck drivers who worked tirelessly to save lives. For a brief moment, she also asked every American to practice "caution and common sense" in order to protect individuals who are at a high risk of developing severe symptoms of COVID-19 as the vaccines continue to be distributed across the country. "In the midst of hardship, we have seen the best of America shine through. Students have made cards and delivered groceries to our senior citizens, teachers have worked twice as hard to keep our children learning, families have come together to provide meals, supplies, comfort, and friendship to those in need," she expressed.
Farewell and good riddance to Melania Trump, who has been the most useless First Lady in American history.— Russell Drew (@RussOnPolitics) January 18, 2021
She never had any real interest in the job. Her passion was fashion and looking the part. She brought nothing to the table and #BeBest was a joke. She will not be missed. pic.twitter.com/UHTOygfaKu
Although Melania's style was a stark contrast to that of her husband, who was barred from his favorite social media platform after inciting a deadly riot at the Capitol, she left out a lot of things she should have said. She spoke about unity and urged everyone to be passionate about everything they did but reminded them that "violence is never the answer" and that it "will never be justified." Melania did mention the President once, however, she failed to touch upon Trump's unprecedented second impeachment following the Capitol riot or his upcoming Senate trials, and even the months he spent trying to overturn the results of the 2020 elections.
A true First Lady is on her way. pic.twitter.com/c2R3HugZlc— Jess Balzer (@jessicajbalzer) January 18, 2021
Instead of talking about the country coming together, she spoke of what she wouldn't forget about the White House. The FLOTUS concluded her message by reflecting on her work with the "Be Best" campaign. "It is our duty as adults and parents to ensure the children had the best opportunities to lead fulfilling and healthy lives," she said. "The passion for helping children succeed has driven my policy initiatives as the first lady. I launched Be Best to ensure that we as Americans are doing all we can to take care of the next generation." That being said, her awareness-raising campaign has been criticized for being lightweight, according to PEOPLE. Mrs. Melania Trump traveling to Africa and connecting with children's advocates and medicals professionals has been seen as a move to be under the spotlight instead of an actual attempt at tackling issues like the opioid epidemic and cyberbullying.
BLAH BLAH BLAH. GET OUT PLEASE. WE TIRED OF YOUR TRASH.— Kristina Wong ❄️ (@mskristinawong) January 18, 2021
"I ask every American to be an ambassador of Be Best, to focus on what unites us, to rise above what divides us, to always choose love over hatred, peace over violence and others before yourself. Together as one national family, we can continue to be the light of hope for future generations and carry on America's legacy of rising our nation to greater heights through our spirit of courage, goodness, and faith," continued her speech. "No words can express the depth of my gratitude for the privilege of having served as your first lady. To all the people of this country, you will be in my heart forever. Thank you. God bless you. And God bless the United States of America."
According to ABC News, Trump will not be attending the upcoming inauguration ceremony making him the first outgoing President to skip the ceremony in 152 years. Surely, Trump is setting some records, as he also became the first POTUS to be impeached a second time. Even his wife has bucked a long-standing tradition by not inviting Dr. Jill Biden to tour the White House before her husband takes office, something the former first lady Michelle Obama did well ahead of Trump's 2017 inauguration. A similar meeting happened between Laura Bush and Michelle Obama before Barack Obama was sworn in.
A beautiful tradition--the current First Lady invites the incoming First Lady to the White House for a visit. Party plays no role. Melania broke that tradition by not inviting the incoming First Lady to the White House. "BE BEST" pic.twitter.com/oI6NgxjZfk— Northern Lights (@dajeaner) January 18, 2021