Tiffany Trump, one of President Trump’s five children, is making waves on the internet for her first solo appearance as a campaign surrogate.
Trump, 27, appeared at a Trump Pride event in Tampa, Fla., over the weekend and delivered a 10-minute speech to the crowd, which she admitted to not having prepared for.
“Hopefully, like, the Trump genes run in me and I can just go up off script like my father likes to do, and honestly I love it when he gets off script,” she said to laughs and cheers from the crowd of about 150 people.
“It’s such an honor to be able to be here and speak truthfully, honestly and from my heart. I know what my father believes in. Prior to politics, he supported gays, lesbians, the LGBQIA+ community.”
The younger Trump went on to bemoan the “fabricated lies” on social media about her family and her father’s presidency, saying that, “It saddens me.”
“I have friends of mine who reach out and they say, they make up stories, ‘How could you support your father? We know you. We know your best friends are gay, we know your best friends are this, this, this.’ I say, ‘It’s because my father has always supported all of you,’” she continued. “He’s never done it for politics and he’s not doing it for politics. And unfortunately, I think there’s a lot of people out there and other politicians who do, okay?”
“Since being a businessman, he speaks from the heart, he says what he says, he means it, perhaps it’s a little too, you know, just hardcore or just honest, but don’t we want someone who is going to get up there, speak and make it happen? I think so,” she continued.
Trump then discussed how she felt in 2015, when her father first announced that he was seeking the GOP nomination.
She admitted being worried at the time about “the past Republican establishment” and “their views toward this community.”
“But guess what? My dad cannot be bought off. He’s not going to let anyone change his views. And he’s done that, and I pray that you all see that, truly,” she remarked to the audience in the must-win swing state.
Trump then pointed out her mother who was in the audience, President Trump’s second wife Marla Maples.
Trump referenced Maples’ days on Broadway as a performer at the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, which took the life of one of her best friends.
She then touted President Trump’s pledge that there would be an AIDS vaccine within a decade, before praising him for making Richard Grenell the first openly gay person to serve in a US president’s cabinet.
Grenell was co-headlining the event with the younger Trump.
“I think that should say a lot,” she argued before stating, “There should be love for all, one love, openly love. Come on, we’re all people, we’re all humans.”
Trump, who is not frequently seen on the campaign trail, went on to explain why she decided to campaign for her father, saying that silence was not an option.
The recent Georgetown Law School graduate discussed feeling a fear about speaking out so as to not be accused of anything that would not be representative of who she was.
“What I’ve learned is when you don’t speak and you do remain silent — and I used to think that was a strength — but when you don’t they create their own narrative. The narrative that they want to sell to the world, and they’ve created that about me,” she remarked.
“So now I’m here to speak to you, because I’ve educated myself, I understand what I believe in now,” she said, adding, “I’m not going to speak about politics or policies until I have my own beliefs.”
“He supports all of you, and we are here to fight for equality, democracy, to keep America and make it better.
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