Michelle Obama Opens Up About Trump Inauguration Day

It is well known that the Obamas don’t have an especially cozy relationship with the Trump family. However, the Obamas have kept quiet and often refrained from speaking about the new First Family directly. This week, however, Former First Lady Michelle Obama let it rip with a statement directed at the Trumps for the first time.

During an interview with Gale King on CBS’ This Morning, Mrs. Obama discussed how she and her family handled their departure from the White House and the arrival of the Trump family. She called the Trumps the “other family,” and said that the crowd at the new president’s inauguration was “not reflective of the country.”

She said, “And then we had to meet the Trumps. That day was very emotional and then to sit at that inauguration and to look around at a crowd that was not reflective of the country, and I had to sit in that audience as one of the handfuls of people of color, all that I had to hold on to over those last 8 years, and it was a lot emotionally. By the time I got on the plane, it was a release of 8 years of trying to have to show up as we all know we have to do not only perfectly, but a little bit better than perfect to even be considered equal.”

King asked Obama “how it felt to watch everything his administration built be dismantled,” to which the former First Lady responded, “People ask me that question all the time and I can honestly say, our upset wasn’t over our legacy. We weren’t there to instill our legacy, but the upset it would cause the country. What saddens me is what it’s doing to the country as a whole. What we have to be really conscientious of is what kind of country we’re leaving for our children or grandchildren.”

Mrs. Obama was then asked which Democratic 2020 candidate she supports. Rather than give a name, she said she would get “behind whoever comes out of that primary, so we’re watching everyone, we’re supporting everyone, we’re giving advice to whoever seeks it.”

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Many have noted that neither Mrs. Obama nor her husband have been willing to defend their friend and former Vice President, Joe Biden, against allegations that he is racist.

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