Former first lady Michelle Obama took a swipe at President Trump’s supporters as she congratulated presumptive President-elect Joe Biden on his victory.
“Let’s remember that tens of millions of people voted for the status quo, even when it meant supporting lies, hate, chaos, and division,” she wrote on social media Saturday. “We’ve got a lot of work to do to reach out to these folks in the years ahead and connect with them on what unites us.”
Let’s remember that tens of millions of people voted for the status quo, even when it meant supporting lies, hate, chaos, and division. We’ve got a lot of work to do to reach out to these folks in the years ahead and connect with them on what unites us.
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama)
November 7, 2020
The comments came after she congratulated Biden and presumptive Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, telling her followers that the pair would restore “dignity, competence, and heart” to the White House, something the United States “sorely needs.”
Seventy-million Americans voted for Trump, a historic number that comes second only to Biden's 75 million votes. Former President Barack Obama garnered 69 million votes in the 2008 election.
In August, Obama said she was suffering from “low-grade depression” and waking up in the middle of the night because she was worrying about the “hypocrisy” of the Trump administration.
The former first lady was heavily involved in the Biden campaign, speaking at the Democratic Convention and also releasing a “closing argument” for Biden, which condemned the president's response to COVID-19.
She claimed in the closing argument that Trump “had every resource at his disposal … yet ignored all of the advice and failed to produce a plan to provide enough tests for worried families or protective equipment for our healthcare workers” while continuing “to gaslight the American people by acting like this virus is not a threat.” She added that Biden, who served in the Senate for 36 years and was the vice president for eight years, represented a “fresh start” for the U.S.
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