Washington – The first lady of the United States, Melania Trump, said goodbye this Monday with a message in which she urged Americans to “choose love over hate” and “peace over violence”, two days before leaving the White House and in a great atmosphere of tension in the country due to the assault on the Capitol on January 6.
“As Donald and I conclude our time in the White House, I think of all the people in my heart with their incredible stories of love, patriotism and devotion,” he said in a seven-minute video distributed by the White House.
“We must focus on everything that unites us,” he remarked, “overcome what divides us, and always choose love over hate, peace over violence.”RELATED
Despite the kind words, the Trumps will break one of the enduring traditions of the inauguration and leave the White House without receiving their successors, Democrat Joe Biden and his wife Jill.
In fact, the outgoing president and his wife are expected to be heading to their private Palm Beach, Florida mansion when Biden assumes the presidency in a formal ceremony this Wednesday, January 20.
In the only apparent reference to the violent assault on the Capitol, which left five dead, by a mob of Trump supporters, Melania assured that “you have to be passionate in everything you do, but always remembering that violence is never the answer and can never be justified ”.
Trump has not formally recognized Biden’s victory in the November 3 elections and maintains his complaints, without evidence and dismissed by the courts, of “electoral fraud.”
The growing polarization and political tension in the country reached its peak with the capture of the Capitol, and has forced the deployment of a huge security device in Washington, with more than 20,000 members of the National Guard, to avoid a violent day like the lived in early January.
Biden prevailed in the elections with 306 votes in the electoral college compared to 232 for Trump, who he led by more than 6 million in the popular vote.