Thursday, First Lady Michelle Obama gave another rousing speech on behalf of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. As before, Obama spoke with grace and dignity. But her words packed a punch at Clinton’s unnamed opponent, Donald Trump. Clearly, she got under his very thin skin.
Here’s an excerpt from Obama’s speech on October 20:
“So Hillary Clinton has more experience, more exposure to the presidency than any candidate in our lifetime. More than Barack. More than Bill. And yes, she happens to be a woman.
Hillary has prepared her entire career to be President. Her opponent? Well, I’ll just say this: Hillary has comprehensive policies to help people—her opponent has tweets. You decide.”
If only Trump would spend as much time trying to learn policy as he does retaliating over insults, he might not be losing so badly. But instead, we got a Trump temper tantrum. First, he attacked both Obamas:
“We have a president, all he wants to do is campaign. His wife, all she wants to do is campaign.”
Then Trump honed in on Michelle Obama, with a jab at Bill and Hillary Clinton’s marriage, all the while pretending to take the high road:
“And I see how much [Obama’s] wife likes Hillary. But wasn’t she the one that originally started the statement, ‘If you can’t take care of your home,’ right? ‘You can’t take care of the White House or the country.’ Where’s that? I don’t hear that. I don’t hear that.
She’s the one that started it. I said, ‘We can’t say that. It’s too vicious.'”
Sorry, Donald, but that quote was hardly the smear of Clinton you hoped. PolitiFact looked into this and found that while Obama may have been taking a shot at the Clinton’s marriage in this 2007 quote, there’s evidence that she was talking about her own family. Here’s the Obama quote Trump was probably referencing.
“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. Can’t do it.”
But PolitiFact found another, similar quote from Obama, made just a few days later, in which it’s clear she’s talking about her own family:
“So our view was that, if you can’t run your own house, you certainly can’t run the White House. So, so we’ve adjusted our schedules to make sure that our girls are first, so while he’s traveling around, I do day trips.”
In any event, whatever ill will the Obamas may have had toward Clinton in 2008 is irrelevant because they are 100% behind her now. And Trump is the one who’s looking worse every day.
Featured image from YouTube video.