Michelle Obama Seemingly Criticizes Trump's Refusal To Concede: 'This Isn't A Game'
Clearly, the former First Lady is ready to move on.
November 17, 2020 at 4:54 pm
The former First Lady Michelle Obama, like the rest of us, is ready to move forward as President Trump continues to downplay election results. In her post, the charismatic and eloquent Harvard Law School alumna did not single out any specific person or party, but she did criticize the numerous conspiracy theories regarding the 2020 election.
She expressed her frustration over the current administration’s lack of concern for the American people.“This isn’t a game,” Obama wrote. “Our love of country requires us to respect the results of an election even when we don’t like them or wish it had gone differently — the presidency doesn’t belong to any one individual or any one party.”
“To pretend that it does, to play along with these groundless conspiracy theories — whether for personal or political gain — is to put our country’s health and security in danger,” she concluded.America's first Black first lady also shared her feelings around Trump’s vitriol against her husband, former President Barack Obama.
“I have to be honest and say that none of this was easy for me,” Michelle wrote. “Donald Trump had spread racist lies about my husband that had put my family in danger. That wasn’t something I was ready to forgive. But I knew that, for the sake of our country, I had to find the strength and maturity to put my anger aside."“I knew in my heart it was the right thing to do—because our democracy is so much bigger than anybody’s ego,” she continued.
The 56-year-old wife and mother previously called Trump out over his incendiary antics before the election. In October, Michelle excoriated the president for dividing the nation in a YouTube video, as Blavity previously reported.“We can no longer pretend that we don’t know exactly who and what this president stands for. Search your hearts, and your conscience, and then vote for Joe Biden like your lives depend on it,” she said in the video.
“We don’t have the luxury to assume that things are going to turn out OK,” the former first lady expressed.Although ballots were counted and a winner declared, Trump has refused to concede the victory to Biden. The Independent reported that his behavior is atypical of outgoing leaders in this nation. Although the Constitution dictates that the newly-elected president’s duties begin on Jan. 20 of the following year after the general election, there is no protocol for the forcible removal of an incumbent leader. It’s not known if Trump will voluntarily leave the White House or not.
Michelle also subtly acknowledged Trump’s difficulty handling the loss of this year’s election when she referenced Hillary Clinton’s 2016 devastating loss to the president.“This week, I’ve been reflecting a lot on where I was four years ago. Hilary Clinton had just been dealt a tough loss by a far closer margin than the one we’ve seen this year,” the forever first lady expressed.
“I was hurt and disappointed — but the votes had been counted, and Donald Trump had won. The American people had spoken. And one of the great responsibilities of the presidency is to listen when they do,” she wrote.According to Now This, the democratic president-elect won the electoral college vote by a 74-point margin and the popular vote by almost 5 million ballots.