Michelle Obama Says Trump Has Got to Go (Video)

She spoke Monday at the Democratic Party Convention.

By Democracy Now

HAVANA TIMES – On the first night of the Democratic National Convention, former first lady Michelle Obama delivered a searing critique of President Trump, accusing him of being “in over his head” and incapable of carrying out the duties of the office. “If you think things cannot possibly get worse, trust me, they can,” Obama said. We air excerpts from her keynote speech, delivered virtually after the convention was moved online due to the pandemic.

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AMY GOODMAN: Former first lady Michelle Obama and former presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders headlined the opening night of the virtual Democratic National Convention Monday. The DNC was originally scheduled to be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but it was moved entirely online due to public health concerns. Michelle Obama gave the keynote address.

MICHELLE OBAMA: When my husband left office with Joe Biden at his side, we had a record-breaking stretch of job creation. We’d secured the right to healthcare for 20 million people. We were respected around the world, rallying our allies to confront climate change. And our leaders had worked hand in hand with scientists to help prevent an Ebola outbreak from becoming a global pandemic.

Four years later, the state of this nation is very different. More than 150,000 people have died, and our economy is in shambles, because of a virus that this president downplayed for too long. It has left millions of people jobless. Too many have lost their healthcare. Too many are struggling to take care of basic necessities like food and rent. Too many communities have been left in the lurch to grapple with whether and how to open our schools safely. Internationally, we’ve turned our back, not just on agreements forged by my husband, but on alliances championed by presidents like Reagan and Eisenhower.

And here at home, as George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and a never-ending list of innocent people of color continue to be murdered, stating the simple fact that a Black life matters is still met with derision from the nation’s highest office, because whenever we look to this White House for some leadership or consolation or any semblance of steadiness, what we get instead is chaos, division and a total and utter lack of empathy. …

So, let me be as honest and clear as I possibly can: Donald Trump is the wrong president for our country. He has had more than enough time to prove that he can do the job, but he is clearly in over his head. He cannot meet this moment. He simply cannot be who we need him to be for us. It is what it is.

Now, I understand that my message won’t be heard by some people. We live in a nation that is deeply divided, and I am a Black woman speaking at the Democratic convention. But enough of you know me by now. You know that I tell you exactly what I’m feeling. You know I hate politics. But you also know that I care about this nation. You know how much I care about all of our children.

So, if you take one thing from my words tonight, it is this: If you think things cannot possibly get worse, trust me, they can; and they will, if we don’t make a change in this election. If we have any hope of ending this chaos, we have got to vote for Joe Biden like our lives depend on it. …

And if we want a chance to pursue any of these goals, any of these most basic requirements for a functioning society, we have to vote for Joe Biden in numbers that cannot be ignored, because right now folks who know they cannot win fair and square at the ballot box are doing everything they can to stop us from voting. They’re closing down polling places in minority neighborhoods, they’re purging voter rolls, they’re sending people out to intimidate voters, and they’re lying about the security of our ballots.

AMY GOODMAN: Former first lady Michelle Obama, speaking at the virtual Democratic National Convention on the first night.


4 thoughts on “Michelle Obama Says Trump Has Got to Go (Video)

  • Sandra Lally provides a much better assessment of Trump(f) than Nick, who as usual launches a tirade about conservatives, and all those whose political beliefs lie to the right of socialism. Just as Nick relates all such people as supporters of the “Far Right” – even endeavoring to link them to Nazism (Germany in the mid 20th century) it is logical to suggest that socialists are supporters of the “Far Left” as in Communist Cuba currently.

    Such sweeping remarks have little merit. The most effective critics of Trump(f) are those well-known members of the US Republican Party, who have declared that it is the future of democracy in the US that is at stake and that Trump(f) is a threat to it.

  • Trump is one of those words now that will make us cringe , wince, become nauseated… sorry for all who may have this Germanic family name. My advice would be to toughen up or change it. Because Trump brings up visions of corruption, sinister deeds, cheating, lying , verbal abuse and inability to speak in cohesive sentences, pronouncing words correctly, following the Golden rules, and just about any other thing Satan would love and encourage.

  • The current issue in the USA is that there are too many footsteps on that well worn path leading to the love-in-shack wherein right wing conservatives do their dirty deals with those of a political persuasion which is very much further to the right.
    The footsteps on that path may well be there for misconceived reasons regarding religion, ideology or economics. Or even that mythical thing they call ‘freedom’ (for example: the right to swagger around the beautiful expanse of the USA brandishing military assault weapons).
    This is a path that Conservatives and the Far Right have skipped along hand in hand many times previously. This hand in hand skipping stains the recent history of mankind.
    It leads to ruin. It lead to the ruin of Germany in the middle of the 20th century.
    The ‘love-in-shack’ is a hatred only zone. Only a small minority will ever profit.
    I trust in the good people of the USA to rise against the inadequacies of their so called democratic system, rise up against the voter suppression that is being imposed, depose the trump menace and hopefully even install a system whereby the judiciary achieves independence from political and capitalist control…….
    Good Luck from a big USA fan from England !!
    Apologies for burning the original White House down….
    Hope you get a more worthy tenant for it’s replacement !!!
    Remember what your Wonderful Revolution originally stood for……
    The truth is that donald trump is an a**hole.
    I hold this truth to be self evident in the Land of the Free……….

  • For a lady who says “I hate politics”, it was a very remarkable speech. Having spoken so passionately, her key point was: “we have to vote for Joe Biden like our lives depend on it.”
    The remarkable factor in the Democratic Party convention, is the support by prominent Republicans who want Trump to go. That is a reflection of his incapacity, lies and affection for totalitarian leaders, not antagonism towards Republican beliefs.
    Can the US arise?

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