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Melania Trump Will Be The Second Immigrant First Lady In U.S. History

The United States of America is about to get a new First Lady, and she’s an immigrant. While Melania Trump won’t be the first foreign-born First Lady in American history, it’s been 192 years since British-born Louisa Adams, President John Adams’ wife, lived in The White House. Here’s a little timeline to familiarize yourself with the nation’s second immigrant First Lady…

Melania Trump (born Melanija Knava) was born in modern-day Slovenia when it was still Yugoslavia.


She was born to Viktor and Amalija Knavs on April 26, 1970. According to the Daily Mail, Melania’s father was a member of the League of Communists.

She always dreamed of becoming a model since she was a young girl participating in fashion shows in the small town of Sevnica, Slovenia.


“Melania was transfixed by the idea of becoming a model and loved sketching designs for clothes,” Melania’s best friend Nena Bedek told Daily Mail. “She took extra art classes outside school and was naturally stylish and she had a good dress sense. And she would pick up magazines from her mother’s trade shows, soaking up ideas.”

According to Biography, Melania began modeling at 16 years old and even dropped out of the University of Ljubljana after one year to pursue her modeling full time.


Dropping out of school seems to not have been in vain after success as a model in Paris and Milan. Melania moved to New York City in 1996 and found more success with world-renowned photographers.

Two years after moving to New York City, in 1998, Melania met Donald Trump during a New York fashion party. In 2004, they became engaged.


Even though Melania did not want to date Donald originally, she eventually established a relationship with the real estate mogul. By 2005, the couple married in front of guests that included Hillary and Bill Clinton.

Just one year after their marriage, Melania and Donald welcomed their son Barron into the world.


By 2010, Melania launched her own jewelry line and it was a hit on QVC.


According to Forbes, her jewelry line has seen a steady decrease in revenue.


Melania caused a media frenzy when she was accused of copying Michelle Obama’s 2008 Democratic National Convention speech.


All parts of the Trump campaign vehemently denied the plagiarism claims, but the similarities between the two speeches were apparent.

During the campaign, Melania stood beside her husband and supported almost everything he did, except for his Twitter etiquette.


“Sometimes I feel that the retweets sometimes get him in trouble so I say stay away from retweets,” Melanie told Sean Hannity. “And you know if he would only listen… he’s doing great.”

And, as First Lady, Melania has vowed to tackle the cyberbullying culture of America.


“Our culture has gotten too mean and too rough, especially to children and teenagers,” she told a crowd during a Trump rally in Philadelphia. “It is never OK when a 12-year-old girl or boy is mocked, bullied or attacked. It is terrible when that happens on the playground and it is absolutely unacceptable when it’s done by someone with no name hiding on the internet.”

Ladies and gentlemen, your First Lady of the United States: Melania Trump.


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Thousands of Trump Supporters Are Left Stranded For Hours In the Freezing Cold After His Omaha Rally

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Thousands of Trump Supporters Are Left Stranded For Hours In the Freezing Cold After His Omaha Rally

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Thousands of Trump supporters were left stranded on an airway in the freezing cold in Omaha, Nebraska after the Trump campaign failed to organize adequate transportation for them after a rally. The MAGA supporters (many of whom were older) stood for hours in 31-degree temperatures, miles away from their cars.

According to reports on the ground, the rally attendees were waiting for buses hours after Trump already took leave on Air Force One. After waiting in confusion and uncertainty, some of the attendees decided to make the cold trek back to their cars. But others didn’t have that luxury.

According to the Omaha Police Department, seven people were transported to the hospital after the event, while thirty others were contacted by the police department for “medical reasons”. Police scanners report that some attendees were suffering from confusion and fatigue–a sign of hypothermia. Police officers who didn’t have an assignment were dispatched to the airfield to “pick up stranded people” who were “wandering in the cold.”

The rally took place at the Eppley Airfield and supporters were apparently initially brought in through the help of the Trump campaign. According to a Fox News reporter, many Trump supporters had arrived hours ahead of time for security reasons. But when it came time to get the attendees back to their cars (which were 3 miles away) the safety of their supporters became less of a priority.

The Trump campaign alleged that a traffic jam prevented buses for transporting attendees back to their cars, but that report is refuted by a local police officer who told a CNN reporter, that they “need at least 30 more buses” in order to smoothly get attendees back to their cars. It seems that lack of organization and foresight on the Trump campaign’s part is what kept his supporters from getting home safely.

It’s worth noting that this is not the first time that the Trump campaign has put the health and safety of their supporters at risk in the name of optics. The Trump campaign notoriously held an indoor rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma back in June that was attended by thousands of people. Masks were not a required, and neither was social distancing. It was at this rally that staunch Trump supporter Hermain Cain contracted COVID-19. He later passed away from complications related to the virus. It is unknown how many others were exposed to the virus at that event.

For some, the recent Omaha rally incident serves as a metaphor for how the Trump Administration treats millions of Americans who blindly support him while he fails to deliver on his false promises. Indeed, Trump has left his supporters “out in the cold” in other ways, like how he recently shelved the stimulus relief bill that would have helped millions of Americans who are on the brink of financial ruin due to COVID-19.

As Nebraska Democratic state senator Megan Hunt tweeted about the incident: “What people will do for this con man, what people have sacrificed, is so sad to me. He truly does not care about you.”

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Ice Cube Catches Massive Blowback For Teaming Up With the Trump Campaign; Denies He’s Endorsing Him

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Ice Cube Catches Massive Blowback For Teaming Up With the Trump Campaign; Denies He’s Endorsing Him

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Ice Cube is catching lots of heat for meeting with the Trump campaign to collaborate on policy. According to Ice Cube, he met with the Trump campaign to discuss what he calls a “Contract with Black America“. His 13-point plan proposes a robust overhaul of everything from the banking industry to prison reform.

After meeting with Ice Cube, the Trump campaign adapted the Contract with Black America into what Trump has called his “Platinum Plan”. Trump’s Platinum Plan outlined vague promises of continuing “to seek immediate and generational advancement for Black Americans”. The Platinum Plan proposal also claimed Trump “works every day to advance a fair and just America for the Black Community.”

Ice Cube, for his part, has refuted reports that he approached the Trump campaign specifically. “I didn’t ‘run’ to go work with any campaign. Both campaigns contacted me. Both campaigns wanted to talk to me about the Contract with Black America,” Ice Cube said in an interview with CNN addressing the controversy.

He continued: “[The Biden] campaign said, ‘We love what you have, but let’s really dig into after the election.’ And [the Trump] campaign said ‘We love what you have, do you mind talking to us about it?’ And that’s what I did, so I didn’t ‘run’ to nobody.”

Although Ice Cube says that he would have met with any political party regardless of affiliation in order to get his plan off the ground, critics are still annoyed that he decided to team up with a man who has such a dismal track record with Black Americans.

President Donald Trump has been plagued by accusations of racism throughout his tenure as president as well as before. Not only did he hold a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma (the historical location of a racial massacre) on Juneteenth, but he recently canceled racial sensitivity training, claiming it was “racist”. More recently, Trump has refused to condemn white supremacist organizations like the Proud Boys.

Critics are also expressing concern that the Trump campaign is using Ice Cube as a ploy to entice more Black Americans into voting Republican. These concerns were made more apparent when the President’s son, Eric Trump, tweeted out a photoshopped picture of Ice Cube and 50 Cent sitting side-by-side, both wearing MAGA hats. To his credit, Ice Cube quickly condemned him.

But Ice Cube insists he isn’t endorsing Donald Trump, per se–he’s simply teaming up with whatever political party is more willing to collaborate with him.

“I’m not playing no more of these political games, we’re not part of a team…so I’m going to whoever’s in power and I’m going to speak to them about our problems, specifically,” Ice Cube said in an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo.

It should be worth noting that Ice Cube recently took to his Instagram page to encourage his followers not to vote “unless you get something out of it”.

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