Michelle Obama is an incredible woman. She somehow manages to stay about the fray at the same time she’s right in the fray, as Hillary Clinton’s best surrogate. All the while, she maintains a near 80 percent approval rating.
Even Donald Trump, a man who has insulted immigrants, minorities, Muslims, veterans and even Gold Star families, knows to keep his tiny Twitter fingers away from Michelle Obama, who is clearly one of the most influential voices on this campaign trail. Are you skeptical? You only have to hear Trump’s latest interview with George Stephanopoulos, in which Stephanopoulos baited Trump to go after Michelle in much the same way he goes after literally everyone else who he’s felt slighted by. Trump, much to the host’s surprise, didn’t take the bait. Instead he hinted that Michelle would be saying wonderful things about him if it weren’t for “the game.”
Stephanopoulos said of Michelle that she is one of the toughest critics of Trump and that she’s called him “cruel, frightening and not how decent people behave.”
You’d think that Trump would respond with his usual rant of insults, perhaps even insulting her looks. Instead, though, he took a much more measured approach, suggesting that Michelle is hiding a deep-seated respect for Trump because, according to him, she knows he’s the greatest person in the world. That might be a slight exaggeration — slight. This is what he really said:
“Look, what is she going to say? Is she going to say I’m fantastic?”
“Is she going to say, ‘Trump is better at that than any other human being in the world’? OK, which I believe I am,” he said.
“Look, she’s the first lady,” he told ABC News. “She’s got to say what she’s got to say. I mean, I understand that. That’s the game,” he told ABC News.
Instead of attacking the First Lady, which Trump knows would demolish what’s left of his campaign, Trump once again tried to turn her into a secret advocate. He brought up a comment that Michelle made during the 2008 presidential primaries, in which her husband was running against Hillary Clinton.
“One of the things, the important aspects of this race, is role modeling what good families should look like. And my view is that if you can’t run your own house, you certainly can’t run the White House,” she said at an event in August 2007.
Then Senator Barack Obama denied that that was a swipe at Hillary Clinton (if it was, it would be disappointingly sexist). Instead he said, it was a knock at George W. Bush.
“There was no reference beyond her point that we have had an administration [under George W. Bush] that talks a lot about family values but doesn’t follow through.”
Source: ABC News
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It’s nice to know that even Donald Trump has limits to the number of women he will insult. Most of the right-wing doesn’t hold Michelle Obama in such high regard, but it’s clear that her popularity and her power has Trump trembling in his boots, otherwise, as history has proven, he wouldn’t hold back.