She wasn’t happy letting him into the White House — and she’s even less so now that he won’t leave.
Michelle Obama went off on Donald Trump on Monday and his refusal to concede the election.
The First Lady launched a blistering broadside against the outgoing POTUS, slamming his ignorance of “one of the hallmarks of American democracy.”
“This week, I’ve been reflecting a lot on where I was four years ago,” she wrote. “Hilary Clinton [sic] had just been dealt a tough loss by a far closer margin than the one we’ve seen this year. I was hurt and disappointed — but the votes had been counted and Donald Trump had won. The American people had spoken. And one of the great responsibilities of the presidency is to listen when they do.”
“So my husband and I instructed our staffs to do what George and Laura Bush had done for us: run a respectful, seamless transition of power—one of the hallmarks of American democracy.”
She said she and Barack invited the then-President-elect’s team into the Oval Office to prepare detailed memos, and offer advice from what they’d learned from their eight years there.
“I have to be honest and say that none of this was easy for me,” Michelle admitted. “Donald Trump had spread racist lies about my husband that had put my family in danger. That wasn’t something I was ready to forgive.”
“But I knew that, for the sake of our country, I had to find the strength and maturity to put my anger aside. So I welcomed Melania Trump into the White House and talked with her about my experience, answering every question she had — from the heightened scrutiny that comes with being First Lady to what it’s like to raise kids in the White House.”
She said she knew in her heart it was the right thing to do — “because our democracy is so much bigger than anybody’s ego.”
“Our love of country requires us to respect the results of an election even when we don’t like them or wish it had gone differently—the presidency doesn’t belong to any one individual or any one party. To pretend that it does, to play along with these groundless conspiracy theories—whether for personal or political gain—is to put our country’s health and security in danger.” she added. “This isn’t a game.”
She concluded by calling on all Americans, regardless of party — especially our nation’s leaders — to honor the electoral process and do their part to encourage a smooth transition of power, “just as sitting presidents have done throughout our history.”
Almost two weeks after election day, with all counts putting Joe Biden well over the threshold needed to claim the presidency, Donald Trump has yet to concede, citing massive voter fraud, despite not producing any evidence to support this, and attempting to file lawsuits.
Originally published at https://toofab.com/2020/11/16/michelle-obama-goes-off-on-donald-trump/ on .