Michelle Obama Says ‘This Isn’t A Game’ After Donald Trump Claims ‘I Won The Election!’
Her message comes just hours after Donald Trump insists he won the election, despite not getting the needed 270 electoral votes. Instead, his contender Joe Biden surpassed the amount with 306. His tweet was also flagged with the warning:
“Election officials called this election differently”
Michelle Obama took to a lengthy post on Instagram Monday (Nov. 15th), to share her thoughts.
She shared a photo of her and Barack Obama that dates back to their final days in the White House in 2016. She began the caption by referencing Hillary Clinton’s loss to Donald Trump that same year.
“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. I was hurt and disappointed—but the votes had been counted and Donald Trump had won. The American people had spoken.”
She went on to point out that she and Barack Obama were intentional about having a smooth transition ahead of Donald Trump’s swearing in in January 2017.
“And one of the great responsibilities of the presidency is to listen when they do. So my husband and I instructed our staffs to do what George and Laura Bush had done for us: run a respectful, seamless transition of power—one of the hallmarks of American democracy. We invited the folks from the president-elect’s team into our offices and prepared detailed memos for them, offering what we’d learned over the past eight years.”
“I have to be honest and say that none of this was easy for me. 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. So I welcomed Melania Trump into the White House and talked with her about my experience, answering every question she had—from the heightened scrutiny that comes with being First Lady to what it’s like to raise kids in the White House.”
I knew in my heart it was the right thing to do—because our democracy is so much bigger than anybody’s ego.”
She ended by urging all sides to acknowledge the election’s outcome.
“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. This isn’t a game. So I want to urge all Americans, especially our nation’s leaders, regardless of party, to honor the electoral process and do your part to encourage a smooth transition of power, just as sitting presidents have done throughout our history.”
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