Drew Angerer / Getty ImagesFirst Lady Melania Trump arrives for an event to mark National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month in the East Room of the White House on September 3, 2020, in Washington D.C. (Drew Angerer / Getty Images)
Melania Trump said Monday that she is “disappointed and disheartened” by the deadly riot at the Capitol last week by supporters of her husband. But in breaking her silence, she also lashed out at people she said have used the tragic event to spread “salacious gossip, unwarranted personal attacks, and false and misleading accusations about me.”
The statement marked the first lady’s first public comment in the five days since a violent mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on Wednesday and temporarily disrupted proceedings certifying that Democrat Joe Biden will be the next president come Jan. 20.
“I am disappointed and disheartened with what happened last