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Melania Trump To Host Fundraiser For Log Cabin Republicans

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Former First Lady Melania Trump is set to throw a fundraiser for a group of LGBTQ Republicans in a rare political appearance on Monday.

Trump’s choice to lead the Trump campaign’s outreach to LGBTQ Republicans begs questions regarding why she has decided to speak out on one topic while glaringly lacking in all other events, The New York Sun reported.

Former President Donald Trump has also kept friendly contacts with other well-known gay conservatives simultaneously, like Richard Grenell, the first out gay man serving in a Cabinet post and acting director of national intelligence under Trump.

Bill White, the former president of the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum, has also had amiable ties with Trump and is helping the Log Cabin Republicans’ endeavor.

A scholar of American history who focuses on first ladies, Katherin Jellison, told the Sun that Melania Trump may spearhead the Log Cabin Republican fundraiser because “she would be more sympathetic than most people in the campaign to speak to LGBTQ issues.”

“I would say that this might be an issue that she personally cares about and if no one else is doing outreach to this group of Republicans and fundraisers then this is something that she would do. Maybe the Trump campaign wants to do outreach to the Log Cabin Republicans and realizes that Trump himself would not be the most appropriate person to do that,” Jellison said.

The purpose of the fundraiser is for the Log Cabin Republicans’ “Road to Victory” plan, which is aimed at turning out votes for Trump and down-ballot Republicans in the 2024 election. Attendees are being asked to donate up to $100,000 to the cause.

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Donald Trump spoke publicly in May about Melania as questions swirled about her role in the 2024 race.

Trump told Fox News that Melania is about to surrender her treasured privacy to hit the campaign trail for him.

“It’s funny, she was a very successful model, very, very successful, and yet she was a private person. She’s going to be out a lot. Not because she likes doing it, but she likes the results,” he said, according to the network.

“She wants to see this country really succeed. She loves the country,” he added.

“You know, a lot of first ladies would go out — they want to be everywhere. They get angry at their husband because he’s not introducing them,” Trump continued. “If I didn’t introduce Melania, she’d be very happy about it. She’s just a different kind of a person.”

Melania was missing from the family Christmas card photo this year for a heartbreaking reason, according to reports in December.

The former first family shared a photo from their festivities, featuring former President Donald Trump alongside his children Don Jr., Ivanka, and Tiffany, with their respective spouses. Barron Trump was also seen standing tall above the rest, along with several of the former president’s grandchildren. Melania’s absence was noticeable, leading to speculation about her whereabouts on social media.

According to sources who spoke to Page Six, Melania has been caring for her sick mother, Amalija Knavs, who was in the hospital with her daughter at her side when the family photo was taken.

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“Melania has always been very devoted to her entire family,” a source close to Melania explained to Fox News Digital. “It should be no surprise that she spent this Christmas with her ailing mother.”

At a New Year’s Eve celebration at his Mar-a-Lago property in Palm Beach, Florida, Donald Trump confirmed that his wife was attending to her mother.

“Hopefully, she will be recovering because she was very ill,” Trump said during a speech at the event, a video of which was posted on X. However, Knavs passed away in January.

Melania delivered a heartwarming eulogy at her mother’s funeral, saying at one point: “Her nurturing spirit had no limits, creating a legacy that will last for generations. With her beauty and impeccable sense of style, she turned heads. But it was her unwavering dedication and hard work that made her exceptional.”

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Knavs was 78 when she passed. She and her husband, Viktor Knavs, 79, Melania’s father, have been residing at Mar-a-Lago for the past few years.

Melania highlighted her mother’s beauty and sense of style but said that it was her “unwavering dedication and hard work that truly made her exceptional.” She shared insights into her mother’s resilience: “Like a string that holds everything together, she balanced the demands of motherhood with grace and poise.”

Speaking about her mother’s professional life, Melania noted, “She worked tirelessly, pushing herself beyond her limits, fueled by the fire within. She is a true inspiration, a role model to me, and so many.” She also spoke of her mother’s passion for cooking, “transporting every dish, which she curated with her spices from her garden, to new heights.”

Melania reminisced about her introduction to the world of fashion through her mother’s stories: “She effortlessly introduced me to the charming world of fashion with tales of her glamorous travels to Paris and neighboring European capitals.”

She described these experiences as transformative, inspiring her journey into the fashion industry.

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