Michelle Obama skewered Donald Trump in one of her most epic speeches yet, blasting the Republican presidential candidate.
The first lady made the case for Hillary Clinton while stumping for her in a state that hasn’t voted for a Democratic president since 1996. In adhering to her pattern, Michelle Obama didn’t mention Trump by name in an effort to convince the people of Arizona to vote for Clinton.
In her last speech, Mrs. Obama tore into Donald Trump for his treatment of women. She chastised the billionaire for his lewd comments after the Access Hollywood tape was leaked. She shared that the contents of the video shook the first lady to her “core.” In the speech Mrs. Obama gave on Thursday, she criticized Trump’s background, contending that maybe some with a life of privilege is what shelters them from being around others “different” from them.
ABC News recapped segments of Michelle Obama’s speech in Arizona. Mrs. Obama began by attacking Trump’s hateful rhetoric and how his vision is that the country is “utterly lacking in hope.”
“We have a candidate whose vision for our country is completely and utterly lacking in hope. A candidate who tells us that our country is desperate and weak, that our communities are in chaos, that our fellow citizens are a threat, a candidate who calls on us to turn against each other, to build walls, to be afraid.”
— The Hill (@thehill) October 17, 2016
Michelle Obama pondered the reasons why Donald Trump has the perspectives he has. She drove home the point that she, President Obama, and the Clintons had been working people all their lives. She went into their respective backgrounds and the struggles they endured before segueing into how it introduced them to people of all different races, beliefs, cultures, and economics. Michelle Obama highlighted the immense wealth and exclusivity that Trump has known all of his life. She surmised that this might be why someone like Trump “comes from a different place.”
“I don’t know. Perhaps living life high up in a tower in a world of exclusive clubs, measuring success by wins and losses, the number of zeroes in your bank account, perhaps you just develop a different set of values.
“Maybe with so little exposure to people who are different than you, it become easy to take advantage of those down on their luck. Folks who play by the rules, pay what they owe… because to you, those folks just aren’t very smart. And somehow, seem less deserving.”
Michelle Obama continued that if one views the nation this way, it’s easy to see how it’s “us versus them,” which directly reflects Donald Trump’s longstanding belief that America isn’t great. She surmised that this may very well make it easier for the high and mighty individual to “dehumanize them,” “treat them with contempt” and not “see them” because that person doesn’t “know them.”
She emphasized that many who are down on their luck aren’t in that position because they deserve it. Sometimes bad things happen to good people and everyone is equally deserving of respect, love, and opportunity.
The first lady hit on Trump’s continuous declaration that voter fraud is alive and well. Michelle Obama assured her audience that this is nothing more than a scare tactic and that the presidential nominee is undermining the American democracy.
“The voters decide who wins and loses, period, end of story, and when a presidential candidate threatens to ignore our voices and reject the outcome of this election he is threatening the very idea of America itself and we cannot stand for that. You do not keep American democracy in suspense.”
— ABC News (@ABC) October 20, 2016
The first lady won over the crowd with her speech in Arizona. She’s credited for being perhaps Hillary Clinton’s strongest surrogate, and Democrats are hopeful that Michelle Obama’s blistering takedown of Donald Trump will make a powerful impact on voters.
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