Soon-to-be former First Lady Michelle Obama tore into Donald Trump in her opening night speech at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
Obama spoke at length of her two daughters, Sasha and Malia, and her efforts to parent them while serving in her role as First Lady of the United States.
She discussed the impact on the girls of their father’s two-term tenure, offering up a lighthearted anecdote from the start of Barack’s first term to illustrate her discussion.
‘I will never forget that winter morning as I watched our girls, just 7 and 10 years old, pile into those black SUVs with all those men with guns. And that’s all their little faces pressed up against the window, and the only thing I could think was, What have we done?’
The First Lady went on to say that, at that moment, she “realized that our time in the White House would form the foundation of who [Sasha and Malia] would become.”
And that’s when — without ever mentioning him by name — Obama got to Donald Trump.
As Michelle explained, the children of the presidential family aren’t the only American children affected and molded by the presidency. Rather, the entire next generation of Americans are molded by the figure of the presidency.
Obama used this line of attack against Donald Trump, suggesting that, should Trump become president, it will impress upon American children that his behavior is acceptable.
Obama spoke to what she has already addressed in her daughters’ upbringing concerning Trump, ever-so-tactfully never mentioning Trump by name.
‘[Barack and I] urged [Sasha and Malia] to ignore those who question their father’s citizenship or faith. How we insist that the hateful language they hear from public figures on TV does not represent the true spirit of this country. How we explain that when someone is cruel or acts like a bully, you don’t stoop to their level. Our motto is, when they go low, we go high.’
Having to fight the rise of a generation mimicking Trump’s behavior, or thinking it’s acceptable, will become a fixture of America should Trump become President of the United States.
Certainly, Trump’s behavior cannot be considered acceptable by any means. The candidate has openly embraced sexism, racism, and discrimination against people with disabilities.
Obama was far from the only DNC speaker to emphasize Trump’s behavior in their plea for party unity, with nearly every other leader who addressed the assembly pointing out something about the Republicans’ recently-official presidential nominee.
The DNC has quickly become a plea for party unity behind Hillary Clinton going into November, with party leaders desperate to erase the opposition that threatens the possibility of a Clinton presidency.
Watch Obama’s speech below, and, courtesy of Vox, read a transcript of her speech at this link.
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