New York : Michelle Obama makes a strong call for empathy, stressing that Trump lacks it

The former first lady claimed that the Republican is the “wrong” president

Obama spoke harshly to President Trump.

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Former first lady Michelle Obama addressed harsh words to the president on Monday Donald Trump, on whom he pointed out that he “simply” cannot be the person Americans need.

“Let me be as honest and clear as I can. Donald Trump is the wrong president for our country. You’ve had plenty of time to prove you could do the job, but it’s clearly hard to understand. Not up to the moment. She just can’t be who we need her to be. It is what it is, ”Obama said.

The former first lady’s speech was the star speech of the first night of the Democratic National Convention, which began this Monday and will last until Thursday, and which takes place virtually through the pandemic.

Obama highlighted the divisions in which the United States is mired: “Now, I understand that my message will not be heard by some people. We live in one nation that is deeply divided, and I’m a black woman speaking at the Democratic Convention. “

Still, he warned viewers that if they had to take something from his speech to stick with it that the situation could get worse.

“If you think that things cannot get worse, believe me, they can; and they will if we don’t make a change in these electionsObama added, while asking for the vote for the Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden.

“I know Joe,” he continued. Is a profoundly decent man, guided by faith. He was a terrific vice president. You know what rscale an economy, and lead our country, and listen, he will tell the truth and trust science ”.

Obama recalled that as first lady he had the opportunity to see first-hand “the immense weight and the awesome power of the presidency“.

And let me say this again: the work is difficult. It requires lucid judgment, a mastery of complex and competitive issues, a devotion to facts and history, a moral compass, and an ability to listen and an abiding belief that each of the 330 million lives in this country have a meaning and value“, He indicated.

Obama recalled that words of a president can move markets, start wars and achieve peace. “They can call on our best angels or awaken our worst instincts. You just can’t fake your way in this job. “

Being president doesn’t change who you are he underlined. Reveals who you are, well, a presidential election can reveal who we are, too. “

He assured that four years ago “many people chose to believe that their votes did not matter: They may have had enough, they may think that the result would not be so tight. The obstacles may also felt too steep, in the end those choices they sent to the Oval Office who lost the national popular vote by about 3 million“.

“Four years later,” he continued, “the state of this nation is very different. More than 150,000 people have diedor, and our economy is in shambles due to a virus that this president has disparaged for too long. “

Obama also pointed to cases of police violence against African Americans, such as George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, and lHe added that the mere fact of affirming that black lives matter is the object of “ridicule” in the most important office in the nation.

“Because whenever we look athis White House looking for leadership or comfort, or something like stabilityWhat we achieve in return is chaos, division and a total lack of empathy, ”he settled.