Michelle Obama releases “Closing Argument” as she urges undecided voters to support Joe Biden
Michelle Obama has long pledged to “go high” when they go low, but it’s getting harder and harder to take the high road when we have a COVID-infested White House, a lying president, and an absolutely nightmarish daily reality. Now, with less than a month until the election, the former First Lady is leaving it all on the floor, calling President Trump “morally wrong” and “racist,” and tbh, I’m wondering why she didn’t say it all sooner, because it’s not about going high, or low, it’s about telling the truth about our commander in chief.
Michelle just released a 24-minute video for the Biden campaign that she called “Closing Arguments,” a sort of last-ditch plea to voters. It’s hard to keep track of the president’s latest talking points as we’ve been embroiled in his current efforts to downplay the coronavirus pandemic, but just last week, the president refused to condemn white supremacy and continues to spread false rhetoric about Black Lives Matter protests and the so-called rioters. In her video, Michelle point-blank tells voters that Donald Trump “isn’t up to the job” and is using fear and division to his benefit.
“Right now, the President and his allies are trying to tap into that frustration and distract from his breathtaking failures by giving folks someone to blame other than them,” Michelle says in the video. “They’re stoking fears about Black and Brown Americans, lying about how minorities will destroy the suburbs, whipping up violence and intimidation — and they’re pinning it all on what’s been an overwhelmingly peaceful movement for racial solidarity. So what the President is doing is, once again, patently false. It’s morally wrong and yes, it is racist. But that doesn’t mean it won’t work.”
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I understand if the last few days have felt like a whirlwind. My heart goes out to everyone touched by this virus—from those in the White House, especially the Secret Service and residence staff whose service to this country ought never be taken for granted, to all those across the country whose names and stories most of us will unfortunately never know. The truth is, the events of the past few days are a bracing reminder of the tragedy that has been this administration’s response to this crisis. And I’ll be very honest: This is a message I’d planned to release earlier, and after everything that’s happened, I weighed whether or not to go public at all. But I wanted you all to hear what’s been on my mind. Because the drama of the past few days has only emphasized what’s at stake in this election, from the coronavirus to a constant drumbeat of fear, division, and chaos that’s threatening to spiral out of control. There’s only one way we can pull ourselves out—by voting for my friend @JoeBiden, who’s got the heart, the experience, and the character to lead us to better days. So I hope you’ll watch, and I hope you’ll share this video with everyone you know who might still be deciding how or if they’re going to vote. And more than anything, I hope you’ll vote for Joe with power, with passion, and with a love of this country that cannot possibly be denied.
“Racism, fear, division, these are powerful weapons,” Obama warned her followers. “And they can destroy this nation if we don’t deal with them head on.”
Michelle says she filmed this video a few weeks ago and in light of the current COVID-19 chaos at the White House, she debated whether or not to share the video, but ultimately realized that her message is important, even if the current news cycle has gone off the rails.
“I wanted you all to hear what’s been on my mind,” Michelle said in the Instagram caption alongside the video. “Because the drama of the past few days has only emphasized what’s at stake in this election, from the coronavirus to a constant drumbeat of fear, division, and chaos that’s threatening to spiral out of control.”
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If you were turned off by the President’s behavior last night, I feel you. Believe me, I do. But we can’t let him win by tuning out altogether. That’s what he wants. So turn those feelings into action—turn them into votes for my friend, @JoeBiden. It’s the only way we can get out of this chaos and restore some stability to this country. You can start by reaching out to everyone you know. Make sure they’re registered. Make sure they know how and when they’re going to vote. And then follow up with them, every day, to make sure they cast their ballot. Because in this election, we’ve got to vote for Joe in numbers that cannot be denied. iwillvote.com
And speaking of the pandemic, Michelle urges undecided voters to “look around the world” at all the other countries who aren’t in chaos like the U.S. is, who don’t have new positive cases coming out of the White House every day. “They had the same kind of resources to contain it as we did,” she said. “But what they didn’t have to contend with was this president.”
Michelle hopes voters will watch her video and come to realize that the only way out of this is by voting for Joe Biden.
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“There’s only one way we can pull ourselves out,” she says, “By voting for my friend Joe Biden, who’s got the heart, the experience, and the character to lead us to better days.”