Former first lady Melania Trump gave a powerful speech after accepting an award from the Log Cabin Republicans at the group’s Spirit of Lincoln gala at Mar-a-Lago over the weekend.
She said: “I am humbled to be selected for this year’s ‘Spirit of Lincoln’ award. Like many of you here, I have always strived to ensure my work highlights and promotes our Nation’s cherished principles of individual liberty and equality.
“As I look around the room, the word courage comes to mind. It is the courageous spirit within each of you that has brought us together this evening and it is the courageous spirit of Abraham Lincoln, which gives us our guiding light today.
“As some may know, Lincoln did not lead a privileged childhood. Like many Americans at that time, Lincoln’s family lived in a log cabin where values of hard work and pride in one’s country were absolute.
“Lincoln’s story is also an important reminder: Adversity has created some of the most fearless and trailblazing leaders in history.
“It is inspiring and reassuring to know that in this country, our futures are not predetermined, and we all have the power to leave a unique mark on the story of America—no matter our backgrounds.
Through Be Best, I amplified legislation and created awareness campaigns that elevated important issues such as Foster Care, Sickle Cell Disease, Social Emotional Learning Techniques, and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. Be Best also encouraged individual action, like showing simple acts of kindness, providing care for someone in need, or teaching a life-enriching lesson. When we as adults practice these small deeds, we show our children the positive impact they have within our communities.
“Much like Lincoln’s story, it is my belief that every individual and their experiences are what makes the fabric of our Nation so strong and beautiful.
“Over the years, the Log Cabin and LGBT communities have been pivotal in uniting people and taking a stand against bullies and labels.
“You have proven how important this community is in American society—and I am so proud of you. I know at times the world feels like it is full of anger but I want you to stay true to yourself—live your most authentic life—and focus on being the best you can be.
“Embrace and empower your courageous spirit. This is what will make the greatest difference at home and around the world,” she said.
Thank you @LogCabinGOP, Liberty Education Forum, @RichardGrenell for a wonderful evening dedicated to celebrating our Nation’s valued principals of equality & diversity for all. It was an honor to receive this year’s Spirit of Lincoln Award. pic.twitter.com/fvtI7nKiPC
— MELANIA TRUMP (@MELANIATRUMP) November 8, 2021
Last night, Log Cabin Republicans presented First Lady @MELANIATRUMP with our annual Spirit of Lincoln Award at Mar-a-Lago for her dedication to our principles.
Watch LGBT conservatives explain why the First Lady is a champion and inspiration to our community.
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— Log Cabin Republicans (@LogCabinGOP) November 7, 2021
‘Our Futures Are Not Predetermined’ https://t.co/CVm5pwOP7t
— Office of Melania Trump (@OfficeofMelania) November 8, 2021