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Melania Trump insists lack of face-time in her husband's campaign isn't because she's an immigrant

"I followed the law," she said, apparently unaware that poor people who do just that are deported daily

Scott Eric Kaufman
February 24, 2016 10:03PM (UTC)

In an interview on "Morning Joe" today, Melania Trump insisted that her husband's anti-immigrant rhetoric is really aimed at those he considers "illegal," because when she came to the United States, "I followed the law."

"I never thought to stay here without papers," she told co-host Mika Brzezinski. "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."


"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."

She insisted that her lack of presence in the primaries was due to her decision to be a "full-time mom" -- an admirable, difficult occupation -- and not because she is worried her being Slovenian would undercut the anti-immigrant fervor that subtends her husband's campaign.

"I decided not to be in the campaign so much, but I support my husband 100 percent," she said. As for the criticism her family is taking, she 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. From June that he announced, they don’t give him enough credit."

Watch the entire interview below via MSNBC.

Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at

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