Former First Lady Michelle Obama, who remains widely popular years after leaving the White House, has issued a powerful new video message in support of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. In the 24-minute video that was described by the Biden campaign as the former First Lady’s “closing argument” for the Democratic nominee, Michelle singled out Trump’s dangerous behavior including his attempt to “gaslight the American people by acting like this pandemic is not a real threat.” She also called Trump out for “stoking fears about Black and brown Americans” with “racist” rhetoric.
Discussing the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic, Michelle said:
‘Seven months later, he still doesn’t have a plan for this virus. Seven months later, he still won’t wear a mask consistently and encourage others to do the same — even when those simple actions could save countless lives. Instead, he continues to gaslight the American people by acting like this pandemic is not a real threat.’
Discussing Trump’s failures more broadly, the former First Lady added:
‘He boasts about gains in the stock market, but when you look at the lives of regular folks, whether it’s creating blue-collar jobs… making health care more affordable… protecting the environment… keeping our families safe from gun violence — let alone the coronavirus — there’s nothing much to brag about.’
Watch her comments below:
In contrast to Trump, Michelle described Joe Biden as the “leader who has the character and the experience to put an end to this chaos,” and she called on Americans to “vote for Joe Biden like your lives depend on it.” As of this week, many voters seem to be on the same page — Biden led in the FiveThirtyEight national polling average by 8.8 percent on Tuesday morning, and a CNN survey came out this week with the Democratic presidential nominee up by a whopping 16 percent on the national level.
There is, of course, plenty of evidence for what Michelle Obama had to say about Trump. Just this Tuesday morning, after his brief stay at Walter Reed Medical Center following positive Coronavirus test results, Trump compared the virus to the flu. He claimed that “Many people every year, sometimes over 100,000, and despite the Vaccine, die from the Flu” — which is brazenly incorrect. The yearly U.S. death toll has not come close to surpassing 100,000 in at least 40 years. Meanwhile, Trump has also recently attempted to fearmonger about low-income housing, which is often associated with marginalized communities like black Americans and which the president claims would “invade” the “suburbs” if Biden wins.