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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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Melania Trump in the convention spotlight

Republican presumptive nominee for President of The United States, and his wife Melania Trump make their way through Quicken Loans Arena during the opening day of the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016. (Photo: Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

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

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump welcomes his wife Melania before she speaks at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio on July 18, 2016. (Photo: Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters)

Melania Trump in the convention spotlight

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump introduces his wife Melania on the first day of the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016 in Cleveland. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Melania Trump in the convention spotlight

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, right, greets his wife Melania after introducing her during the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016, in Cleveland. (Photo: Evan Vucci/AP)

Melania Trump in the convention spotlight

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, right, stands with his wife Melania on stage after introducing her during the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016, in Cleveland. (Photo: Carolyn Kaster/AP)

Melania Trump in the convention spotlight

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump introduces his wife Melania on the first day of the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016 in Cleveland. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Melania Trump in the convention spotlight

Melania Trump walks to the stage as Donald Trump applaudes during the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on July 18, 2016. (Photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

Melania Trump in the convention spotlight

Melania Trump waves as she speaks during the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on July 18, 2016. (Photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

Melania Trump in the convention spotlight

Melania Trump, wife of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, speaks at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio on July 18, 2016. (Photo: Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters)

Melania Trump in the convention spotlight

Melania Trump speaks during first day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on July 18, 2016. (Photo: Matt Rourke/AP)

Melania Trump in the convention spotlight

Melania Trump, wife of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, speaks at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio on July 18, 2016. (Photo: Mike Segar/Reuters)

Melania Trump in the convention spotlight

Melanie Trump speaks at the Republican National Convention Monday, July 18, 2016, in Cleveland. (Photo: Khue Bui for Yahoo News)

Melania Trump in the convention spotlight

Melania Trump, wife of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, speaks at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on July 18, 2016. (Photo: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)

Melania Trump in the convention spotlight

Melania Trump waves to the delegates after her speech during the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on July 18, 2016. (Photo: Mark J. Terrill/AP)

Melania Trump in the convention spotlight

Melanie Trump speaks at the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016, in Cleveland. (Photo: Khue Bui for Yahoo News)

Melania Trump in the convention spotlight

Donald Trump gives the thumps up with his wife, Melanie Trump, after she spoke at the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016, in Cleveland. (Photo: Khue Bui for Yahoo News)

Melania Trump in the convention spotlight

Melania Trump kisses her husband Donald Trump after delivering a speech on the first day of the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016 in Cleveland. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Donald Trump walks off with his wife, Melanie Trump, after she spoke at the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016, in Cleveland. (Photo: Khue Bui for Yahoo News)
Donald Trump walks off with his wife, Melanie Trump, after she spoke at the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016, in Cleveland. (Photo: Khue Bui for Yahoo News)
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