Michelle Obama Says Donald Trump Winning Presidency Was ‘A Slap In The Face’ Because ‘A Lot Of Our Folks Didn’t Vote’
The Michelle Obama documentary “Becoming,” lands on Netflix tomorrow, Wednesday May 6, and new clips show that Michelle Obama was frustrated after Donald Trump was voted President in 2016.
The 90-minute film is the follow up to her 34-city book tour launched in her hometown, Chicago, with Oprah Winfrey.
As for what to expect from the documentary, fans will get to see what happened behind the scenes of her tour, Michelle Obama’s early life. The film also features her husband and former President Barack Obama, her daughters, Sasha and Malia Obama, her mother, her brother, Craig Robinson, and White House roommate, Marian Shields Robinson.
In the documentary, fans will also get a behind-the-scenes look intothe biggest moments of her life.
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Today, I’m thrilled to give you a sneak peek of BECOMING before it premieres on Netflix this Wednesday, May 6. This movie tells my story, from my childhood on the South Side of Chicago to my life today—and it celebrates the stories of so many people I met along the way. My journey has taught me that if we stay open—if we share what’s important to us and listen carefully to what others share about their own lives—we find our strength, and we find our community. I am so grateful to everyone who has shared their story with me over the years. They have inspired me, given me strength, and helped me find my way. I hope you enjoy the film and that it reminds you of the power and importance of your own story. #IAmBecoming
One of those is when it was announced that Donald Trump would be the next president, following Barack Obama’s eight-year stint. She said in the docu,
“It takes some energy to go high, and we were exhausted from it. Because when you are the first black anything…So the day I left the White House and I write about how painful it was to sit on that [inauguration] stage. A lot of our folks didn’t vote. It was almost like a slap in the face.”
“I understand the people who voted for Trump. The people who didn’t vote at all, the young people, the women, that’s when you think, man, people think this is a game. It wasn’t just in this election. Every midterm. Every time Barack didn’t get the Congress he needed, that was because our folks didn’t show up. After all that work, they just couldn’t be bothered to vote at all. That’s my trauma.”
“I am the former first lady of the United States and also the descendant of slaves. It’s important to keep that truth right there. My grandfather’s grandmother was in bondage. People have been taught to believe in the ultimate inferiority of people because of the color of their skin. You hope people were more ready for us than maybe they were.”
Interestingly enough, she said she and Barack Obama plan on stepping out of the spotlight sooner than later.
“Barack and I are not interested in being at the forefront forever. Not even for that much longer. We got this platform. If you believe in God, God gave us this platform for a reason so let’s not waste it.”
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