Former First Lady Michelle Obama spoke out on Monday to offer her thoughts on Democrats’ impeachment push against Donald Trump, describing the congressional proceedings as “surreal.”
Fox News reported that during an interview with “Today” host and former First Daughter Jenna Bush Hager, Michelle said that she has hope that the partisan divisions in the country will subside. Hager asked Michelle if the country can come back from the divisive situation unfolding in Washington, D.C., as polls show Americans largely split along party lines on impeachment.
“It’s surreal, I think,” Michele said from Vietnam, where she is currently promoting the education of young girls. “For the last impeachment hearing [in 1998], a lot of young people weren’t around for that. I don’t think people know what to make of it. But do I think we can come back from it? Oh yeah.”
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“We’ve seen worse times, we’ve seen tough times in this country,” Michelle continued. “You know, we’ve gone through depressions and wars and bombings and terrorist attacks, and we’ve gone through Jim Crow, and we’ve always come out stronger. And that’s what we have to continue to believe because what’s our choice? To ball up in a corner and call it a day? Well, that’s not fair to this next generation that’s coming before us that are counting on us to get this right.”
Michelle went on to say that Americans should not view it as a battle of “us or them” or of Democrats versus Republicans.
“We are all here as part of this country. We all want the same things, it’s just sometimes that gets lost in the noise,” she concluded.
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Michelle has not been shy about criticizing President Trump since moving out of the White House. In her memoir “Becoming,” Michelle wrote that she would “never forgive” Trump for suggesting that her husband Barack Obama’s birth certificate was fake and that he was not born in the United States.
“The whole [birther] thing was crazy and mean-spirited, of course, its underlying bigotry and xenophobia hardly concealed,” Michelle wrote, according to Vice. “But it was also dangerous, deliberately meant to stir up the wingnuts and kooks.”
“What if someone with an unstable mind loaded a gun and drove to Washington?” she added. “What if that person went looking for our girls? Donald Trump, with his loud and reckless innuendos, was putting my family’s safety at risk. And for this I’d never forgive him.”
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