- The former First Lady released a video message, which she called a "closing argument," to vote for Joe Biden.
- She also gave a keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in August.
- The US presidential election is scheduled for November 3.
Former First Lady Michelle Obama on Tuesday criticized US President Donald Trump, accusing him of being “racist” and sowing “fear and confusion” in the US. Mrs. Obama said that President Trump and his allies are “stoking fears about Black and Brown Americans” to win an election.
She also called the President’s actions “morally wrong.” She said, “but right now, the President and his allies are trying to tap into that frustration and distract from his breathtaking failures by giving folks someone to blame other than them.”
“They’re stoking fears about Black and Brown Americans, lying about how minorities will destroy the suburbs, whipping up violence and intimidation — and they’re pinning it all on what’s been an overwhelmingly peaceful movement for racial solidarity.”
“So what the President is doing is, once again, patently false. It’s morally wrong and yes, it is racist. But that doesn’t mean it won’t work.” Mrs. Obama described this American era as a “difficult” and “confusing” time, and warned that the President is good at using divisiveness, fear, and “spreading lies” as tools to win.
She also made a plea for empathy as a Black woman. “I want everyone who is still undecided to think about all those folks like me and my ancestors,” she said. “The millions of folks who look like me and fought and died and toiled as slaves and soldiers and laborers to help build this country.”
“Racism, fear, division, these are powerful weapons,” she warned, “And they can destroy this nation if we don’t deal with them head on.”
The former First Lady released a video message, which she called a “closing argument,” in which she called upon Americans to vote for the Democratic Party’s presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden. She explained that Mr. Biden is a leader who has “the heart, the experience and the temperament necessary to lead” America to “better days.”
At the end of August, at the Republican National Convention, President Trump said that if “the left comes to power, it will end the residential suburbs,” accusing Democrats of defending “anarchists, agitators, rioters,” and those “burning the flag.”
This isn’t the first time that Mrs. Obama has told off Trump, describing him as incompetent and imploring Americans to vote him out of office. In August, while addressing the Democratic National Convention, Mrs. Obama called upon Americans to vote out Mr. Trump over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
“If you take one thing from my words tonight, it is this: if you think things cannot possibly get worse, trust me, they can, and they will if we don’t make a change in this election,” she said at the time. “If we have any hope of ending this chaos, we have got to vote for Joe Biden like our lives depend on it.”
She also accused Mr. Trump of being in “over his head” after having “more than enough time to prove he can do the job.” The US presidential election is scheduled for November 3.