Michelle Obama takes on Trump's electoral obstinance: 'Our democracy is so much bigger than anybody’s ego'
I have to hand it to Michelle Obama. She's a better person than I am. (Not an especially high bar, but still.)
Today, in the wake of Donald Trump's one-manbaby poo-fling-palooza, she took pointed jabs at Trump without all the blood-letting that often accompanies such screeds.
And it amply demonstrated what a breath of fresh air the Obamas were and how much we continue to miss them.
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. 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. 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.
Gee, imagine that. Doing the right thing even when your opponent baselessly accused your husband of being an illegitimate president … because he was Black.
All Trump has done to me is plunge me into a yawning spiritual abyss and drain the last dollops of hope from my black, bloodless knot of a heart. It's not like he ever attacked me personally, though.
This country doesn't deserve the Obamas, but we're sure glad they're still around to act as a moral compass for a nation that's listing and taking on water every day — thanks in large part to the daily tantrums of the president-eject.
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