Former First Lady Michelle Obama has been pretty quiet since leaving the White House, but she finally weighed in on the 2016 presidential election and what she had to say could not have been more accurate.
“Any woman who voted against Hillary Clinton voted against their own voice,” Obama said during the Inbound 2017 conference being held in Boston.
“What does it mean for us as women that we look at those two candidates, as women, and many of us said, that guy, he’s better for me, his voice is more true to me,” Obama said. “Well, to me that just says you don’t like your voice. You like the thing you’re told to like.”
The Obamas have tried to follow the presidential tradition of not weighing in on politics after their term is over. However, Trump surely hasn’t made that easy and former President Barack Obama has had to speak out several times since Trump was sworn into office. Before the election, the former first lady campaigned actively for Clinton, forcefully condemning Trump and his blatant misogyny.
“He demeans and humiliates women as if we’re objects meant solely for pleasure and entertainment rather than human beings worthy of love and respect,” Michelle Obama said at a campaign rally for Clinton in October of 2016. The night before the election, she warned the country not to “play around with a protest vote.” Sadly, too many people failed to heed her words of warning and now the entire country is paying the price.
While speaking in Boston, Michelle kept her criticisms of Trump classy and said that she was determined to keep her remarks about him “constructive,” something Republicans were obviously incapable of doing for the eight years Obama was President.
“We want the sitting President to be successful because we live in this country. He is our commander in chief, he was voted in,” she said. She then added that she knows from her own personal experience as the first lady that “it is very difficult to lead when you have a peanut gallery of people who don’t know what they’re talking about second-guessing what you do.”
“When you’ve been in that position, you see that most formers do take a step back, they do let the current holder of the office lead. You do step up when you’re asked, and you do try to make sure what you say is constructive,” she continued. “Now, like I said, there was a whole party that didn’t do that for my husband, a whole political party that did not, but what we’ve learned is part of our legacy is leading with grace.”
The former first lady also said that she and her husband plan to continue trying to stay out of the limelight and don’t intend to voice their opinions on Trump’s presidency on a regular basis.
“Barack is not going to turn into what this President was, which is somebody tweeting in the wind and stirring up a mess without really knowing what they’re talking about,” she said.
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