In rare form, Michelle Obama exhibited a fiery disposition at a Hillary Clinton rally in Fairfax, Va., Friday night (Sept. 16) in which she took not-so-subliminal shots at Donald Trump. Although the First Lady didn’t mention the Republican presidential nominee by name, Mrs. Obama made it very clear who she was referring to.
“Being president isn’t anything like reality TV,” Obama said. “It’s not about sending insulting tweets or making fiery speeches, it’s about whether or not the candidate can handle the awesome responsibility of leading this country.”
Prior to his presidential campaign, Trump who has branded himself as the nation’s “birther” questioned whether or not Barack Obama was a United States citizen, even going as far as to demand the president hand over his birth certificate as proof. Now, five years later, Trump is singing a very different tune admitting Obama was born in America.
The turn of events prompted the First Lady, who has traditionally flown above the mudslinging in politics, to respond. In her nearly 30 minute speech, Obama pulled no punches and spoke on the differences between her husband as Commander-In-Chief and Trump.
“There were those who questioned and continue to question for the past eight years, up through this very day, whether my husband was even born in this country,” Obama said. “Well, during his time in office, I think Barack has answered those questions with the example he set by going high when they go low.”
Obama continued to outline some of Trump’s behavior he exhibited on the campaign trail stating who Trump has presented himself to be as a candidate, is who he will be if voted into office.
“If a candidate is erratic and threatening; if a candidate traffics in prejudice, fears and lies on the trail; if a candidate has no clear plans to implement their goals; if they disrespect their fellow citizens, including folks who made extraordinary sacrifices for our country; let me tell you, that is who they are. That is the kind of president they will be, trust me.”