Melania Trump at GOP Convention: "It Would Not Be a Trump Contest Without Excitement and Drama"

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Donald Trump made a dramatic stage appearance, but kept his introduction surprisingly short.

Donald Trump on Monday night made a dramatic entrance when he came out to Queen's "We Are the Champions," amid cheers from the crowd, as he took the stage to introduce his wife, Melania, before her remarks to the delegates at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

During the brief but showy entrance, he emerged from shadows to declare: "We're going to win, we're going to win so big." 

Said Melania: "If you want someone to fight for you and your country, I can assure you, he is the guy,"

Then, in a rare campaign appearance, she began to tell her life story to the convention crowd.

The former model who moved to the U.S. from Slovenia recounted how she became a U.S. citizen and cited "the love in the Trump family."

Melania thanked the crowd for "the warm welcome" and said her husband was "moved by this great honor."

Melania said she and her husband "love America very much" and that she, more than anyone, knows what she's calling the "the simple goodness" of her husband's heart.

Earning big cheers from the crowd, her closing words included, "It would not be a Trump contest without excitement and drama."

Melania drew loud ovations, including when she walked off the stage with her husband. 

Melania is the first of several of Donald Trump's family members who are on the list of speakers at the Cleveland convention this week. Their appearances are an attempt to humanize the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

The theme of the evening was "Make America Safe Again." Earlier in the night, TV stars Willie Robertson, Scott Baio and Antonio Sabato Jr. delivered speeches for Trump.

"Who would trust Hillary Clinton to protect them? I wouldn't," former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said in one of the night's most fiery addresses.

Trump is expected to return to Manhattan late Monday and then travel back to Cleveland on Wednesday afternoon. He is set to deliver his acceptance speech Thursday night to close out the convention.

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