Michelle Obama has been critical of the Trump administration on several occasions, and over the weekend in an interview with journalist Gayle King, the former first lady described her first experience of the administration.
On stage at the Essence Festival in New Orleans, Obama told King about Trump’s inauguration and described the crowd as “not reflective of the country” and said that she was “one of the handfuls of people of color.”
Here’s what she had to say:
“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 eight years, and it was a lot emotionally.”
The former first lady also said that her daughters teared up while moving out of the White House, where they lived for eight years.
King also asked her how she felt about Trump dismantling her husband’s legacy.
“People ask me that question all the time and I can honestly say, our upset wasn’t over our legacy,” Obama explained. “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.”
Watch the full interview below:
The former first lady has been on a roll after her memoir, “Becoming,” became one of the best-selling books of 2018.
Since leaving the White House, she has done a speaking tour that sold out massive arenas and helped push voter participation ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. But she and her husband have largely stayed out of the ongoing 2020 Democratic presidential primary campaign.