However, from photos and videos we’ve seen thus far, Melania doesn’t look very thrilled to be at a NASCAR race.
Thousands cheered as Air Force One performed a flyover and landed at Daytona International Airport a few hundred yards behind the track. Trump’s motorcade arrived a few minutes later, prompting another loud ovation. Both entrances were broadcast on giant video boards around the superspeedway.
At least a dozen drivers were escorted from the pre-race meeting to a private introduction with Trump.
Trump is the grand marshal for the Daytona 500, meaning he will give the command for drivers to start their engines. He is then expected to take a lap around the track in his limousine at the front of the 40-car field.
The president’s visit was widely welcomed by NASCAR fans. Trump 2020 flags flooded the infield, and some fans wore them as capes in the garage area.
Trump’s presence also created huge lines at entrances, with many fans complaining while waiting hours to get through security.
Former NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France, who was replaced following his August 2018 arrest on DUI charges, was on Air Force One with the president and first lady. They traveled from West Palm Beach.
But Melania…well, NASCAR really isn’t her thing.
Yeah, Trump supporters can continue to call her the “classiest First Lady” ever, but let’s be real, the woman doesn’t want to be around a bunch of NASCAR-loving hicks. This is a woman who counts her hobbies as “reading fashion magazines”.
Just look at this video. It’s PAINFUL. Watching her force a smile is PAINFUL:
Video: Trump addressing the #Daytona500 audience pre-race to raucous applause -> “My fellow race fans, there is no greater thrill than to join you at the World Center of Racing for the 620nd second Daytona 500 — so exciting!” pic.twitter.com/b3sx02PpVA
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) February 16, 2020
Photos show her looking miserable, just dialing it in:
Tell me she doesn’t look miserable:
at the Daytona 500
— Kevin McCashion 🇺🇸 (@Kevin_McCashion) February 16, 2020
Some people are even saying it’s the “Fake Melania” again:
— Rob Chalmers (@bertchalmers) February 16, 2020