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Melania Trump in the convention spotlight

Melania Trump, wife of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, takes the stage to speak at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio on July 18, 2016. (Photo: Jim Young/Reuters)

Melania Trump in the convention spotlight

In what was only her second time speaking on the campaign trail, Donald Trump’s wife, Melania, sought to soften her husband’s rough edges in a prime-time speech at the Republican National Convention on Monday night, describing him as an inclusive and successful businessman with a “big heart” who loves his family and his country.

But the would-be first lady’s speech was first overshadowed by her husband, who took the stage in rock-star style, appearing at first in silhouette as he marched out in a bright column of light to the pulsing soundtrack of Queen’s “We Are the Champions.” Then, after the speech had ended, came the allegations that she had borrowed lines from a speech that Michelle Obama delivered at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

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