It seems beyond question that Donald Trump immediately gained traction in the GOP race for president because he was willing to say “no more” to illegal immigrants. So, with his own wife, Melania, being an immigrant, many have wondered how she views her husband’s rhetoric.
With the immigration question in mind, Melania appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe and gave an answer that may stop all speculation of where she stands on the issue.
When asked about immigration and her status, Melania simply said, “I followed the law.”
“I never thought to stay here without papers,” Melania, who immigrated to the U.S. in 1996, said. “I had a visa, I traveled 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, you should not just say let me stay here and whatever happens, happens.”
Melania went on to say that she and her husband are “prepared” to be attacked over the immigration issue, but said she supports him 100 percent.
“We have thick skin, and we know that people will judge him and people will call names. They don’t give him enough credit. From June that he announced, they don’t give him enough credit,” the Slovenian immigrant said.
Trump’s wife also said her husband wasn’t attacking Mexicans as a whole, saying, “I don’t feel that he insulted the Mexicans.”
Melania went on to note that The Donald has never attacked all immigrants as a group, either, and has always focused his criticism on illegal immigrants.
“He said illegal immigrants. He didn’t talk about everybody,” Melania insisted. “He talked about illegal immigrants,” she explained. “And after a few weeks, like two weeks [of] giving him a hard time and bashing him in the media, they turned around. They said, ‘you know what, he’s right. He’s right what he’s talking about.’ And he opened conversation that nobody did.”
While Melania noted she doesn’t always agree with her husband, she assured Mika Brzezinski that Trump always treated her and other women he met with respect. “I see him in life, he treats women the same as men. He will tell you what is in his heart, what he thinks. He will not hold it back if you’re a woman, you’re human. If you’re a woman or a man, it’s no different, you’re human,” she concluded.