Michelle Asks White Americans For 'Empathy,' Says She's Worried Racism Will 'Destroy This Nation'
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Former First Lady Michelle Obama has released a new campaign video for Democratic nominee Joe Biden and it is packed with controversial comments.
Obama suggested that President Donald Trump is only using his emphasis on law and order as a diversion to “distract from his breathtaking failures” and to scapegoat racial minorities.
“They’re stoking fears about black and brown Americans, lying about how minorities will destroy the suburbs, whipping up violence and intimidation and they’re pinning it all on what’s been an overwhelmingly peaceful movement for racial solidarity,” she said.
Obama asked white Americans for “empathy,” saying that as a Black woman she is worried that institutional racism will “destroy this nation” if it’s not addressed.
Obama also claimed that protests across the U.S. are largely peaceful and “only a tiny fraction of demonstrations have had any violence at all.”
Obama says to differ with that conclusion is “racist.”
“It’s true,” Obama said about the protests. “Research backs it up. Only a tiny fraction of demonstrations have had any violence at all. So what the president is doing is once again patently false, it’s morally wrong, and yes, it is racist.”
Obama went on to claim that Trump’s campaign is willing to focus on the violence as an election wedge issue that could be effective “because this is a difficult time, a confusing time.”
She suggested in the video that aims to elect Biden that “when people hear these lies and crazy conspiracy theories repeated over and over and over again, they don’t know what to think.”
She added: “falsehoods being spread throughout the internet … even reasonable people might get scared. And the one thing this president is really, really good at is using fear and confusion and spreading lies to win.”
Full 24-minute speech below:
Without a whiff of irony or awareness, Obama also blamed Trump for the ongoing lockdowns around the country that were ordered by Democratic leaders in Democrat-controlled states like California, New York, and Michigan.
“It’s painful to think that months into this crisis, this is still where we are,” Obama said, “with no clear plan, no peace of mind. And the worst part is, it didn’t have to be like this.”
"A man who had every resource at his disposal, the finest medical experts, our best intelligence… and yet ignored all the advice and failed to produce a plan to provide enough tests for worried families or protective equipment for our healthcare workers. A man who knew how deadly this virus is, but who lied to us, and told us it would just disappear… who, in the greatest crisis of our lifetimes, doubled down on division and resentment… railed against measures that could’ve mitigated the damage… and continues to hold massive events without requiring masks or social distancing, knowingly exposing his own supporters to a dangerous virus," she said.
"Today, more Americans have died from this virus than died in the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam, and Korea combined. Take all those lives bravely sacrificed… and double it. That’s roughly the scale of this tragedy. And our commander-in-chief, sadly, has been missing in action," Obama claimed.