First lady delivers remarks in West Bend as election nears

First lady Melania Trump spoke in West Bend on Saturday, Oct. 31 as Election Day approaches.

It's been a busy week of campaign events in Wisconsin. President Donald Trump campaigned three times in the past week, most recently Friday in Green Bay. Democratic Nominee Joe Biden was in Milwaukee on Friday, too.

The first lady was welcomed by a friendly crowd in West Bend on Saturday afternoon. She started the event by touching on the holiday, encouraging people to follow CDC guidelines when celebrating Halloween.

"As we approach the holiday season, we must all do our part to ensure we practice responsible safe behaviors," Trump said.

The first lady delivered remarked before more than 200 people packed into the Kingsheart Farm barn -- a venue that for seated weddings only allows up to 150 people.

Wisconsin Democrats have criticized Republicans for holding events, like Saturday's, as coronavirus cases continue to climb in the state.

Washington County Executive Josh Schoemann, a supporter of the president, said he does not believe Saturday's event will impact COVID-19 case numbers.

"I was really proud and glad to see everybody wearing face masks," Schoemann said. "Melania and her team were very adamant that everybody kept them on the whole time, taking temperatures when they came in, hand sanitizers everywhere. I think they did a really nice job."

The COVID-19 pandemic was a focus of the first lady's speech, praising her husband's response.

"The president is not just focused on destroying the virus, but creating ways for people to safely start gathering with friends again," the first lady said. "This is about mental health as much as it is about the physical well-being of people."

She needed by calling on voters to get to the polls.

"On Tuesday, the direction our country will take is in your hands. I ask that you join us in continuing to put America first," Trump said. "Let us continue making America great again."

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There are more campaign events to come between now and Election Day. Ivanka Trump will be in Wisconsin on Sunday, Nov. 1 and President Trump will return to Kenosha on Monday night, Nov. 2.

The first lady made her first solo appearance of the 2020 campaign earlier this week in Pennsylvania. She also warmed up the crowd at a Trump rally in Tampa, Florida, on Thursday.

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