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What to Expect from Melania Trump’s Speech Tonight: Not A Lot

Donald Trump speaks with his wife Melania Trump by his side during a campaign event at the U.S. Cellular Convention Center February1, 2016 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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Donald Trump’s wife, Melania, is scheduled to take the stage in Cleveland tonight, making her the first of several Trump family members this week tasked with convincing Americans that there’s more to her husband than what they see on TV. But don’t expect Trump’s third wife to reveal much. To date, she’s mostly avoided the campaign spotlight and, on those rare occasions her husband has beckoned her to join him on stage, she’s kept things short—very short.

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Here, for instance, is Melania speaking the night of Trump’s victory in the South Carolina primary in February:

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And here she is the night before her husband’s loss in the Wisconsin GOP primary in May:

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She’s been slightly more memorable when giving interviews. In May, for instance, she assured DuJour magazine that her husband is, in fact, “not Hitler.” But assuming she avoids favorably comparing her husband to a genocidal dictator tonight, it’s unlikely many of us will be talking about her speech tomorrow. Even if she were to break from the standard political-spouse script, she’ll almost certainly be overshadowed by her husband, who plans to make an earlier-than-expected appearance at the convention in order to introduce her tonight. And, as Mike Pence can tell you, the only person Trump is ever actually introducing is himself.

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