40 Right-Wing Attacks and Conspiracy Theories Flung at Michelle Obama
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Conservative Media Likened "Pampered" Michelle Obama To A "Modern-Day Marie Antoinette." Right-wing media repeatedly compared First Lady Michelle Obama to Marie Antoinette. This comparison was in part based on the falsehood that the Obama family dog flew on his own "separate aircraft to vacation with them in Maine." [ Media Matters, 8/5/10]
Fox's Malkin Calls Michelle Obama "The Bitter Half Of The Obama Administration." On Fox News' Hannity, Fox contributor Michelle Malkin said that Michelle Obama has "earned" the designation as "the bitter half of the Obama administration." [Fox News, Hannity, 5/30/12, via Media Matters]
Right-Wing Media Played The Race Card On Michelle Obama
Fox's Michelle Malkin Called First Lady One Of The President's "Cronies Of Color." In her book Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks, and Cronies, Fox News contributor Michelle Malkin wrote:
But they are still in the minority. And there will be more predictable excuses . As I document in this book, Obama's cronies of color (beginning with his own wife) reach for the race card when their dubious judgment is questioned. And when all else fails, there's always the "I inherited the problem" alibi.
To which I reply: Read the book. Barack Obama owns this cabinet of tax cheats, crooks, and cronies. It is his and his alone. In the era of "new politics," judge him as you would judge other mere mortals. Judge him not by the company that preceded him. [ Media Matters,8/1/09]
Limbaugh "Speculate[d]" That Michelle Obama Skipped Sen. Robert Byrd's Funeral Because Of Her "Authentic Slave Blood." From the July 2, 2010, edition of The Rush Limbaugh Show:
LIMBAUGH: I don't know why Michelle, my belle, is not there. But, as has been said by several Black civil rights leaders, Obama does not have authentic slave blood. But Michelle does, and maybe that's why. We can only speculate. Maybe she's at a skybox at a baseball or football game, who knows. [Premiere Radio Networks, The Rush Limbaugh Show, 7/2/10]
Limbaugh Called First Lady's Trip To Spain "Vacation Affirmative Action." On his radio show, Rush Limbaugh said:
LIMBAUGH: The liberals in this country, the left, the elite, who are walking around with a collective guilt of 200 some-odd years over our nation's slave past, over our discrimination past, and all of these things, civil rights violations, all of these things, running around -- it's the animating factor of many sports writers by the way, it's the thing that animates them. It's the thing that animates a lot of people on the left.
And Michelle "my belle" Obama is descended from slaves. As the left has pointed -- not me -- as leftist preachers have pointed out, she's got slave blood where Obama himself does not. He's not authentic, she is. Now for years, and years, and years, powerful people have been able to game the system and travel all over the world and have fine meals and fine wine and all of these fine things. It's only fair, and it's only right that members of an abused minority now get their share of the pie. It's like vacation affirmative action. [Premiere Radio Networks, The Rush Limbaugh Show, 8/10/10]
Limbaugh: Michelle Obama Was Booed At NASCAR Event Because She Exhibited "Uppity-Ism."Discussing an appearance by Michelle Obama at a NASCAR event during which she was booed, Rush Limbaugh said that she exhibited "a little bit of uppity-ism" by traveling in a separate plane than her husband to a destination. [Premiere Radio Networks, The Rush Limbaugh Show, 11/21/11, via Media Matters]