It was the end of a long, grueling day of political warfare as Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were each expected to make a final pitch to voters in New Hampshire.
But while the candidates delivered their closing speeches, the first major public appearance by the President of the United States since his inauguration, Trump’s supporters were busy watching on TV as his wife, Melania, delivered a powerful speech to a packed auditorium in Manchester.
Trump has been in the White House for two days and it’s the first time in nearly six years that he’s been in public.
The Republican president and his wife have spent a lot of time talking about how their marriage has helped women and children, with Melania calling on the American people to “take back the streets” in an effort to get them to care about the healthcare system.
“We are working every day to create a better world,” she said, urging people to help their families.
“I am so grateful to you for the love and support.
I have been blessed to work for you, to be your partner and to be the president of the most powerful nation on earth.”
The president’s supporters had come to New Hampshire to watch the first televised debate between the two candidates, and it was expected to be a very tense and emotional one.
“As you know, this is an incredibly important state for the Democrats and for the President,” the moderator, Anderson Cooper, said in his opening remarks.
“It’s a state that’s been one of the hardest-fought battlegrounds in the country and where we’ve had to be very deliberate in our strategy and how we used our time there.”
Trump supporters in Manchester were cheering as the couple’s speech began.
At one point, Trump supporter David Tucker, 47, stood up to give a standing ovation for Melania.
He’s a Republican who voted for Hillary Clinton in the presidential election.
“You’re going to do a lot more good for women than you are going do for the country,” Tuckers son said as the event began.
“But that’s not the point.”
The Republican presidential nominee had previously promised that the two would face off on issues that affect women and the healthcare sector.
The first lady said she would work to ensure women’s access to healthcare services.
“Our healthcare system is broken.
We are working to fix it,” Melania said.
“The only way to make healthcare affordable is to fix the broken system that’s created an enormous opportunity for people to make more money, to save money, and more opportunities.”
It’s a message that many Trump supporters echoed.
“Women should be able to make choices,” one woman told the audience, referring to the way women can choose to pay for abortion or other healthcare services out of pocket.
“My daughter, who’s eight, has just had an abortion.
And you know what?
She was pregnant.
And she’s not going to pay.”
Other Trump supporters also called for women to be able pay for their own healthcare.
“If you have the choice, I’m going to give you a free birth control pill,” a man told the crowd.
Because you can make that decision for yourself.
It’s your body.
Don’t take that away from me.”
The Trump campaign has been very vocal about the need to fix healthcare for women.
During the campaign, the Trump administration announced a number of new initiatives to make the healthcare industry more accessible, and in April, the president signed an executive order that requires companies that provide healthcare services to have equal access to all women.
But it was during the first debate that Trump first suggested that healthcare is not the right place to be.
“People need to stop talking about healthcare as a right, as a privilege,” Trump said.
He continued to say that women should have access to health care, and said that his administration would make it a priority to improve access to women’s healthcare.
In response, women in the audience took to Twitter to express their frustrations.
One woman tweeted: “I just got off work at 4 in the morning and I’m now on my way home, waiting to go to the doctor and I have to ask my husband to be there because I’m worried about his safety.
What is this country really all about?”
Another woman tweeted, “If he were to be raped, he would be killed.
So how is it fair that I have the right to ask him to help me when he’s already hurting me?
It is not fair.”
Trump also took to social media to reiterate his previous comments about the importance of women in healthcare.
He called women “the most under-represented demographic in the healthcare field”, and told them to “get the job done.”
The next day, he tweeted, and again, that “the women who are the best, the most important, the hardest working and the smartest in this country will be the ones to