Despite plenty of speculation that she wants nothing to do with the political spotlight anymore, Melania Trump – the former First Lady and wife of former President Donald Trump – said on Tuesday that she fully supports her husband’s bid for the White House again in 2024.
She said that it would be “a privilege” if she were to be able to once again serve as the First Lady of the country.
During an interview she gave to Fox News Digital on Tuesday, Melania said:
“My husband achieved tremendous success in his first administration, and he can lead us toward greatness and prosperity once again. He has my support, and we look forward to restoring hope for the future and leading America with love and strength.”
Should Donald Trump end up winning the presidential election in 2024, Melania already knows what she would prioritize as the first lady. She said to Fox News Digital:
“[I would] prioritize the well-being and development of children, as I have always done.”
In her first term as first lady when her husband was in the White House, Melania headed up the “Be Best” campaign, which focused on the overall well-being of children as well as preventing cyberbullying, which is a major growing concern in the country – especially as more and more young people are spending increasing amounts of time on social media channels.
Melania expanded on her plans if she were to be first lady again when she said:
“My focus would continue to be creating a safe and nurturing space for children to learn, grow and thrive. If additional problems arise, I will take the time to study them and understand their root causes.”
When she was the first lady during her husband’s term in the White House, Melania was not a popular first lady. In fact, when she left the White House in early 2021, she had the worst popularity rating among all first ladies in history during the end of the term.
Her favorability rating sat at 42%, with an unfavorable rating of 47%, according to a poll conducted by CNN/SSRS. The 47% unfavorability rating is the highest that poll has ever recorded.
Even when presidents are unpopular, first ladies tend to be universally accepted. That was not the case with Melania, though much of that could be attributed to the fact that her husband was a very polarizing figure.
Either you hate or you love Donald Trump, and it appears that many people in America – at least those who were polled by CNN/SSRS – either really loved or really hated Melania as a result.
It could just be a factor of “guilty by association,” as the saying goes. Either way, it appears that Melania does have the inside track to become first lady again, as her husband is the clear leader in GOP polling, and has even out-tracked incumbent President Joe Biden in a hypothetical head-to-head general election.