The Republican National Convention isn’t all about Donald Trump. It’s also about his wife, former international supermodel Melania.
Interest in Melania is understandable. The Slovenian goddess has been much photographed, yet she’s deliberately chosen to keep a low profile during Trump’s long and bruising campaign for the White House.
So how will she do as Monday night’s key note speaker? More importantly, how would she do as America’s next First Lady?
One thing’s for sure. Lots of people will be looking for answers to that question.
As stated by Politico, Melania Trump has the arduous task of highlighting women’s issues and showing how suited Trump – whom critics label as insensitive and mysogynistic – is to addressing women’s issues when he takes the nation’s highest post. But she hasn’t excelled at this job, nor has she been outspoken about any major policy issues that her husband is promoting.
Instead, Politico noted, she’s been counted on as a list-maker of Trump’s good qualities, though she has cringed at some of his unpresidential public comments and behavior.
If Melania has influence with Trump, it is private. Many Trump observers have noticed that she has left much of the campaign spouse’s responsibilities to Trump’s daughter Ivanka. It's noteworthy that Melania's speaking role is on the first day of the convention, while Ivanka will take center stage on Thursday, the biggest, culminating night of the convention, when Trump is expected to emerge victorious.
But as noted in a New York Times profile, Melania's reticence shouldn’t be confused with shyness. She’s just not interested. She’d rather be a mom to Barron, her 10-year-old son with Donald.
"Politics is not her first, second, third, fifth language," Republican pollster Frank Luntz told The Times. "It’s not her world."