Former first lady Michelle Obama claimed on Sunday that Americans can find “solace” from the presidency of Donald Trump by remembering that the U.S. elected her husband, former President Barack Obama, twice.
As part of her international book tour for her memoir “Becoming,” the former first lady spoke to thousands at an event in London where she explained why she sees the Trump presidency as a “dark chapter.”
According to The Guardian, Obama claimed that America is struggling through a “low” but the U.S. has bounced back from “lower” points.
“It may feel like a dark chapter but any story has its highs and lows, but it continues. Yeah, we’re in a low, but we’ve been lower. We’ve had tougher times with more to fear. We’ve lived through slavery and the Holocaust and segregation and we’ve always come out on the other end, better and stronger.”
Obama recommended that Americans feeling distressed over the Trump presidency look back at her husband’s election to find “solace.”
“I have to remind people that Barack Obama was elected twice in the United States. That really did happen. That wasn’t make-believe. The country actually did accomplish it and half the people who voted in the last election, if they could have, they would have voted for him for a third term. […] We have to remember that what is happening today is true, but what happened before was also true … that should give us some solace at some level.”
While Obama asserted that America was in a “dark chapter,” she failed to explain how Americans are suffering under President Trump.
Since Trump took office, Americans have seen record low unemployment, record high job growth, and rising wages. Additionally, ISIS has been largely demolished, relations improved with North Korea, and there has been a reformation of federal prison policies.
That doesn’t exactly read like a “dark chapter,” considering her husband only left office two years ago and some of the policies were continuations of his administration.
But this isn’t the first time Obama used her book tour to bash Trump. As IJR previously reported, several of her first tour stops included jabs at the current occupant of the Oval Office.