Today, First Lady Michelle Obama was on the campaign trail and decided to address Donald Trump’s birtherism, as it had come up during Monday night’s presidential debate.
Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton brought the house down when debate moderator Lester Holt asked Trump about his birtherism conspiracy against President Barack Obama. Clinton responded to Trump’s disgusting comments when she quoted Michelle’s “when they go low, we go high” statement from her Democratic National Convention speech. Today, Michelle made sure that she returned the favor and went after Trump in her powerful speech at La Salle University.
Michelle never said Trump’s name, but she honestly didn’t even have to. Firing back at the birther claims that Trump is now infamous for, she brought up those who “continue to question” President Obama’s birth with “hurtful, deceitful questions deliberately designed to undermine his presidency.” Then, she said this about Trump’s birther questions:
“Questions that cannot be blamed on others or swept under the rug by an insincere sentence uttered at a press conference.”
Here’s the First Lady in action, giving the perfect anti-Trump speech:
Michelle Obama on birther claims: Pres. Obama showed dignity “by going high when they go low” https://t.co/vhFCCpkHBa
— CNN (@CNN) September 28, 2016
This is particularly infuriating for Trump, as he’s gotten more and more annoyed with being called out for his birther conspiracies. Earlier this month, Trump was so fed up with the criticism that he actually (reluctantly) admitted that President Barack Obama had been born in the United States after all! And the best part about this criticism is that it is coming from Michelle Obama, who is pretty much the only person that Trump is terrified to say anything bad about!
Also during her speech, Michelle took the time to not only trash Trump, but make an important case for Clinton. She urged American voters not to issue “protest votes” for third-party candidates or sit this election out. She said:
“You could also help swing an entire precinct for Hillary’s opponent with a protest vote or by staying home out of frustration. If you vote for someone other than Hillary or you don’t vote at all then you are helping to elect Hillary’s opponent.
Elections aren’t just about who votes, it’s also about who doesn’t vote.”
Listen to Michelle, America!
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