Trump responds to Michelle Obamas DNC address: Thanks for your very kind words Michelle!
The former first lady delivered a blistering rebuke of Trump in DNC address.
August 18, 2020, 12:51 PM
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Reacting to former first lady Michelle Obama’s blistering condemnation of his presidency in her taped address aired Monday night as part of the virtual Democratic National Convention, President Donald Trump on Tuesday sarcastically thanked her in some early morning tweets.
“Thanks for your very kind words Michelle!” the president responded.
Making an at-times emotionally powerful 18-minute address, the former first lady warned the American people against the danger of reelecting Trump to a second term.
“If you take one thing from my words tonight, it is this: if you think things cannot possibly get worse, trust me, they can; and they will if we don’t make a change in this election. If we have any hope of ending this chaos, we have got to vote for Joe Biden like our lives depend on it,” Obama said in her taped address.
In defense, President Trump spoke of himself in the third person as he sought to remind the former first lady that his first election to the White House came in the wake of her own husband’s two terms in office, which the president argued represented a referendum on Obama.
Despite being pre-taped without the usual live audience reaction that comes with a traditional convention address, Michelle Obama’s speech amounted to a powerful rebuke of the Trump presidency and the offered a poignant show closer to Day One of the virtual convention.
In a prebuttal to her address, President Trump on Monday both criticized that it would be pre-taped, saying there’s “nothing very exciting” about a pre-produced event, while also suggesting it offers an unfair advantage. Next week’s Republican convention will also be largely virtual.
“I noticed that there are conventions — these are all taped speeches, Michelle Obama, her speech is taped. Why don’t they tell me that? I’ll tape my speech next week. I’ll tape it, it’s a lot easier. I’ll make sure it’s perfecto. Every word would be perfect,” Trump said. “We’ll have to speak to Republican leadership and say let’s tape those speeches. You want to go to a snooze, you know when you hear when you hear speeches taped, it’s like there’s nothing very exciting about it.”