Republican front-runner Donald Trump’s wife, Melania Trump, appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Wednesday to discuss her husband’s campaign.
In her interview, she defended the candidate’s comments on immigration and his views toward women.
“I followed the law,” Trump told host Mika Brzezinski, explaining the long and difficult process she willingly went through in order to become an American citizen.
Trump, a Slovenian native, explained that as an immigrant herself, she fully supports her husband’s firm stance on illegal immigration.
“I never thought to stay here without papers. 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,” Trump, who immigrated to the United States in 1996, said.
She said that she and her husband are “prepared” for people to call Donald names for his candid statements regarding immigration. And though Melania hasn’t played a particularly vocal or active role in the campaign herself, she assured that her husband has her full support.
“I’m a full-time mom, and I love it. So, I decided not to be in the campaign so much, but I support my husband 100 percent,” Trump said.
“We have thick skin, and we know that people will judge him and people will call names. They don’t give him enough credit,” she said. “From June that he announced, they don’t give him enough credit.”
Brzezinski then asked Trump what she thought about people who felt that her husband’s comments in his announcement speech about Mexico sending rapists and murderers across the border were insulting to Mexicans.
Trump said that she did not find that her husband’s comments insulted the Mexican people.
“He said illegal immigrants. He didn’t talk about everybody. 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, ‘Uou know what, he’s right. He’s right what he’s talking about.’ And he opened conversation that nobody did.”
When asked to comment on the criticism her husband has received for allegedly treating women harshly or unfairly targeting them during his candidacy, such as his verbal attacks on Fox News’ Megyn Kelly and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, Trump said that her husband treats men and women as equals in the Trump Organization.
“They’re treated equal. 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 explained.
Trump indicated, however, that she and her husband do not always agree on everything. When Brzezinski mentioned Donald’s use of profanity, Melania shared her views.
“Well, do I agree all the time with him? No, I don’t. And I tell him that. I tell him my opinions. I tell him what I think,” Trump said, explaining that “sometimes he listens.”
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