Key Words: Michelle Obama: Trump’s election to the presidency in 2016 ‘still hurts’

by | Nov 15, 2022 | Stock Market

“It felt like something more, something much uglier than a simple political defeat.” That’s Michelle Obama, the former U.S. first lady, speaking about how shocked she was when Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election, someone who she had heard “openly and unapologetically using ethnic slurs, making selfishness and hate somehow acceptable.” In an interview with the BBC on Tuesday, Obama was asked if it still hurts when the U.S. electorate chose Trump. “It still hurts,” she replied, adding that in her darkest moments, she felt that maybe her husband Barack Obama’s administration “wasn’t good enough.”

“[That is] that point in time where you have to ask yourself, was it worth it? Did we make a dent? Did it matter?” she said. Trump narrowly defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton, the former first lady and U.S. senator who had been secretary of state in the first Obama term, by taking the so-called blue wall states of Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin by an aggregate 80,000 votes while losing the popular vote by some 3 million. Key Words: Barack Obama: It’s ‘hard for our democracy to function’ with such deep divisions From the archives (December 2019): Trump campaign adviser tells Wisconsin Republicans in secret recording that voting-place tactics will be stepped up Michelle Obama was speaking after an excerpt from her upcoming book, “The Light We Carry,” was published by NPR, where she said that the 2016 election felt “uglier” than a political defeat. “I couldn’t help but return to the choice our country had made to replace Barack …

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