Michelle Obama isn’t holding anything back ahead of the 2020 presidential election.
On Tuesday morning, the former first lady livestreamed a pre-recorded closing argument for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. In the video, she got extremely candid about Donald Trump and his poor handling of the coronavirus, addressed racism in America, and discussed what’s really at stake in this election.
“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,” Obama wrote alongside the video. “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.”
In the powerful address, Obama appealed to voters who remain undecided, touched on Biden campaign policies, spoke on what it feels like to be a Black woman in America, and took clear shots at Trump’s leadership.
“Racism, fear, division — these are powerful weapons and they can destroy this nation if we don’t deal with them head-on,” Obama said.
“…We can no longer pretend that we don’t know exactly who and what this president stands for. Search your heart and your conscience, and then vote for Joe Biden like your lives depend on it.”
Before Obama concluded her remarks, she urged listeners to visit IWillVote.com, make a concrete plan to vote, and reach out to others to ensure they do the same.