Former First Lady Michelle Obama hasn’t been afraid to voice her dislike of President Donald Trump. In fact, she has often called out the Commander-in-Chief in recent years.
She did so again during her “closing argument” on behalf of Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden. And this time, she spent a fair amount of time condemning the President’s actions.
Her 24-minute video is full of Trump criticisms, many of which have raised a few eyebrows.
She first claims that “we simply cannot trust this president to tell us the truth about anything.” Obama also said Trump “still doesn’t have a plan for this virus” (referring to the COVID-19 pandemic).
She even went a step further, saying the “country is in chaos because of a president who isn’t up to the job.”
But perhaps most incendiary of all was Obama’s accusation “racism” and “lies” on behalf of Trump.
She accused the president and his allies of ‘stoking fears about Black and Brown Americans,’ ‘lying about how minorities will destroy the suburbs,’ and ‘whipping up violence and intimidation’ amid largely peaceful mass demonstrations.
‘What the president is doing is, once again, patently false. It’s morally wrong. And yes, it is racist.’
The “largely peaceful mass demonstrations” part has garnered a ton of scrutiny.
For instance, one Twitter user pointed to a report that allegedly revealed over 570 violent demonstrations in 220 cities across the country:
BLM: Only 570 violent demonstrations and counting.
Michelle Obama: No big deal, nothing to see here, folks! https://t.co/kAxaeoaaOY
— Marina Medvin 🇺🇸 (@MarinaMedvin) October 6, 2020
One could also cite the city of Portland, where violent left-wing uprising continued for 130 nights.
Eyewitness accounts of the violence have gotten popular on Twitter and other social media platforms, and are often used by right-wing individuals to prove the source of the hostility.
Here’s one example:
MUST WATCH TV: If you’re still unclear what impact the rioting and violence is having on the most vulnerable among us, please listen to Stephanie, a disabled Minneapolis woman who offers her heart-wrenching experience after last night’s violence. Great work by @BenryNews pic.twitter.com/k73Q65Psvs
— Tom Hauser (@thauserkstp) May 30, 2020
Some statistics claim the rioting has cost the country over $2 billion, though it’s difficult to utilize an actual number that encompasses every protest in the country.
And of course, many will claim Obama’s “racist” accusation doesn’t hold any water, either. But that’s less about statistics and more about perspective.
In the end, Obama’s attack on Trump doesn’t appear to be fueled by stats as much as emotion, which right-wingers have been railing against for years.
- Former First Lady Michelle Obama ripped into President Donald Trump while campaigning for Joe Biden.
- Obama accused Trump of his “racist” actions, and of stirring up violence among minorities. She also claimed the protests have been “largely peaceful.”
- Social media users jumped on these claims, and used a variety of statistics and media to refute Obama’s statements.