Michelle Obama: Rhetoric From GOP On Immigration Revolts The First Lady

Michelle Obama is blasting rhetoric that she perceives as “disturbing and hateful” amid the presidential race.

ABC News reports that the first lady’s comments leveled against the Republican presidential campaign expresses her displeasure at proposed policies coming from the Right.

“We think America is strongest when we recognize our many traditions, when we celebrate our diversity, and when we lift each other up,” First Lady Obama said today at a White House celebration of the Persian holiday, Nowruz. “In times like these, when we’re hearing so much disturbing and hateful rhetoric, it is so important to remember that our diversity has been and will always be our greatest source of strength and pride here in the United States.”

Although Michelle Obama’s remarks did not specify the presidential race, the speech she gave for the holiday celebration that marks the arrival of Spring and the start of the Persian new year, was interpreted as such.

CNN revealed that Michelle Obama’s distaste for the rhetoric was highlighted by the fact that she and her husband have made it a priority in the White House to be as inclusive as possible.

The news report notes in its coverage that the first lady might not have openly addressed the Republican primary contest in her slam against disturbing rhetoric, but she did not pull “another example of harmful political rhetoric, either.”

Michelle Obama’s view on the rhetoric she sees playing out in politics was not as scathing as that of her husband’s in his speech on Tuesday in which he called some of the proposals on immigration “wacky” and “draconian.”

President Obama took issue with the rhetoric that Republican front-runner Donald Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz are using in their campaigns. He said that what the Republican presidential candidates are spewing is causing harm to the United States.

“I am getting questions constantly from foreign leaders about some of the wackier suggestions that are being made,” Obama shared.

President Obama emphatically told the American public that the rest of the world watches the U.S. and many are unsettled by the political agendas they see from potential nominees for President of the United States.

President Obama pointed out the irrational idea of Trump withholding money transfers from illegal immigrants to their families so Mexico can pay for the wall.

“This is just one more example of something that is not thought through and is primarily put forward for political consumption,” Obama said. “We’ve got big issues around the world. People expect the president of the United States … to treat these problems seriously, to put forward policies that have been examined, analyzed, effective, where unintended consequences have been taken into account.”

“They don’t expect half-baked notions coming out of the White House. We can’t afford that.”

Trump’s inability to adopt the use of a filter in his comments, speeches, and messages on social media may have done enough damage in his campaign that it’s hard to salvage.

A slew of reporters claim that President Obama’s biting comments about Donald Trump’s proposals in his speech essentially helps the GOP presidential front-runner because it gives the opposition more momentum. In other words, Trump’s unvarnished notions are so unabashed that it manages to grab the president’s attention. Those who strongly dislike how President Obama has ran the county over the last eight years will gladly back whomever he’s at odds with.

The president and Michelle Obama have voiced their concern for the rhetoric coming from the GOP presidential candidates. It will likely do little in preventing more from emerging from Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.

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