The 2020 Democratic National Convention kicked off Monday night with former first lady Michelle Obama presenting as the keynote speaker for the virtual event. In her passionate speech, she stressed the importance of voting and her support for Joe Biden. However, she also had some harsh words for President Donald Trump and his administration.
“So, let me be as honest and clear as I possibly can. Donald Trump is the wrong president for our country,” she says in the video. “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.”
Obama also addressed the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests, noting how the Trump administration has failed the American people in both situations.
“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,” she continued. “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.”
President Trump responded to Michelle Obama’s comments on Twitter refuting her claims, stating that his administration has helped the American people.
“My Administration and I built the greatest economy in history, of any country, turned it off, saved millions of lives, and now am building an even greater economy than it was before,” he wrote. “Jobs are flowing, NASDAQ is already at a record high, the rest to follow. Sit back & watch!”
Somebody please explain to @MichelleObama that Donald J. Trump would not be here, in the beautiful White House, if it weren’t for the job done by your husband, Barack Obama. Biden was merely an afterthought, a good reason for that very late & unenthusiastic endorsement…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 18, 2020
Watch Michelle Obama’s full speech at the DNC below.