Breaking her silence, the US First Lady also criticized those who she said used the tragic event to spread “salacious gossip, unwarranted personal attacks and false misleading accusations” about her. The statement marked the first public comment from the first lady in the five days that have passed since a violent crowd of Trump supporters, angry at his re-election and excited by the president himself, took to stormed the Capitol on Jan.6 and temporarily halted proceedings certifying Democrat Joe Biden to be the next president on Jan.20.
“I am disappointed and disheartened by what happened last week,” she wrote in a White House blog post published before sunrise.
“I find it shameful that these tragic events surrounded salacious gossip, unwarranted personal attacks and false and misleading accusations about [sic] me – from people who are looking to be relevant and have an agenda. ”
The first lady did not say who she was referring to. Last week, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, the first lady’s former friend and White House assistant, wrote an op-ed accusing Ms Trump of being “an accomplice in the destruction of America.”
Their friendship ended bitterly after Wolkoff, who had worked to organize festivities for Trump’s inauguration in 2017, said the first lady failed to defend her after questions arose about groundbreaking expenses, which are now the subject of federal and congressional inquiries.
No comment on the president
In Monday’s post, the first lady said: “This time it’s all about healing our country and its citizens. It should not be used for personal gain. ”
“Our nation must heal in a civilian way,” she wrote. “Make no mistake, I absolutely condemn the violence that has taken place on our nation’s Capitol. Violence is never acceptable. ”
She also urged people to stop the violence, not to judge people by the color of their skin or to “use different political ideologies as the basis for aggression and wickedness.” She did not comment on her husband or his role in encouraging his supporters to come to Capitol Hill.
The president has spent the weeks since his defeat in the presidential election in November spreading baseless claims that the ballot was tainted with massive fraud and that the election was stolen from him.
Many state and federal officials, including former US attorney general William Barr, said there was no evidence of fraud on a massive enough scale to have affected the outcome.
Trump encouraged his supporters to flock to Washington last Wednesday, the day set for Congress to certify the presidential vote. After speaking at a rally near the White House, in which he encouraged his supporters to continue fighting, they stormed the Capitol.
Five people, including a Capitol police officer, died as a result of the attack.