There is no one who can take down a bully like Donald Trump with quite the same grace, class, and poise of Michelle Obama.
The first lady made her debut on Friday on this year’s presidential campaign trail at George Mason University in Virginia to lend her voice in supporting the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton. Without ever saying The Donald’s name, the FLOTUS took Trump’s very character apart, explaining that, if Trump seems racist and offensive now, he’ll only get worse as president.
‘At the end of the day, as I’ve said before, the presidency doesn’t change who you are. It reveals who you are. And the same thing is true of a presidential campaign. So if a candidate is erratic and threatening, if a candidate traffics in prejudice, fears, and lies on the trail. If a candidate has no clear plans to implement their goals. If they disrespect their fellow citizens, including folks, who made extraordinary sacrifices for our country. Let me tell you that is who they are. That is the kind of president they will be.
‘Trust me. A candidate is not going to suddenly change once they get into office. Just the opposite, in fact, because the minute that individual takes the oath they are under the hottest harshest light there is, and there is no way to hide who they really are.’
A liar on the campaign trail will be a liar in the White House. For nearly eight years, President Obama’s legitimacy as president due to ridiculous rumors that he was born in a foreign country spread among those who feared the first black president, especially one with a foreign-sounding name. Trump led the pack of “birthers” from the beginning, giving press conferences and speaking to the most fringe of right-wing nutjobs, telling them that he fully believed that President Obama had pulled off the greatest scam of all time.
On the campaign trail today, Trump called a fake press conference, enraging the media, to clear up his position on the “birther” issue. Instead of holding an actual press conference, Trump took advantage of some free media to simply state that he believes now that the president was born in the United States and to blame Hillary Clinton for the entire mess.
While Trump supporters and other GOP voters continue to point to the “divisiveness” of President Obama, blaming him for the rift between those people who have some actual sense and those who don’t, Michelle Obama’s words are a reminder of where the racists and the crazies got their most popular conspiracy theories: the man currently running as the presidential nominee for the GOP, Donald Trump.
A man who will, with no qualms, build a following by repeating claims he knows to be untrue, causing such hatred and fear of the president that it has stalled Congress from working together on even bipartisan issues and lent credence to the biggest basket of deplorables that exists, will do the same as president.
See First Lady Michelle Obama’s full speech below:
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