A longtime employee of the Trump Organization took the stage on the third night of the Republican National Convention on Wednesday and gave an impassioned speech that touched on race and culminated in a resounding endorsement for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Lynne Patton, who’s listed as a vice president for Eric Trump’s charitable foundation and a special assistant to the Trump family on her LinkedIn profile, became one of the few speakers at the Republican confab to tackle the racial tensions that have been boiling over in the U.S. by invoking the Black Lives Matter movement. And she also addressed allegations of racism against Trump.
“There’s not one person in this room who can deny that historically, black lives have mattered less,” Patton told the audience. “My life mattered less.” She even went on to acknowledge that politicians and society at large need to be more accepting members of the LBGTQ community — another little heard theme at a staunchly conservative event.
She then went all in for the candidate, who’s often been accused of bigotry and sexism. “As a minority myself, I personally pledge to you that Donald Trump knows that your life matters,” she declared. “He knows that my life matters, he knows that LGBTQ lives matter, he knows that veterans’ lives matter, he knows that blue lives matter.”
Near the end of her speech, Patton told the crowd of delegates, “I am proud to support Donald Trump … not just in spite of the color of my skin, but in fact because of the color of my skin.”
Watch her complete speech below.
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