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Michelle Obama: her strong statement on the handover of power from her husband to Donald Trump

Nearly two weeks after the US election, the mystery still hangs over. While Joe Biden was elected by the Americans to become the 46th President of the United States, Donald Trump still has not acknowledged his victory. The current tenant of the White House continues to insist that the votes were rigged and that he won over his opponent. Faced with this unprecedented situation, many voices are raised to try to make him listen to reason. Like Melania Trump, who would like her husband to recognize his victory, Michelle Obama sent him a strong message. On her Instagram account on November 16, the former First Lady wrote a long text for Donald Trump. In it, she remembers his election in 2016, but also the behavior that Barack Obama had had during his defeat of Hillary Clinton: “This week, I thought a lot about where I was Four years ago”.

“Hilary Clinton had just suffered a difficult defeat with a much closer margin than what we have seen this year,” continued Michelle Obama, recalling that Donald Trump had been elected with fewer voters than Joe Biden this year. was hurt and disappointed. ” In the rest of her message, the wife of Barack Obama explains that she quite simply accepted the choice of the Americans. “But the votes had been counted and Donald Trump had won, she conceded. The American people had spoken. And one of the great responsibilities of the presidency is to listen when they do.” She then went behind the scenes of the transfer of power between Barack Obama and Donald Trump. “So my husband and I asked our staff to do what George and Laura Bush did for us: lead a respectful and transparent handover – a hallmark of American democracy,” she wrote.

Michelle Obama put her “anger aside”

“We invited the members of the President-elect’s team to our offices and prepared detailed memos for them, offering what we had learned over the past eight years,” continued Michelle Obama, while admitting that “None of this was easy” for her because “Donald Trump had spread racist lies about [her] husbands who put [her] family in danger.” If she was “not ready to forgive” she managed to “find the strength and maturity” to put her “anger aside”. So I welcomed Melania Trump to the White House and told her about my experience, answering all of her questions – from the heightened surveillance that comes with being First Lady to what it is to raise. kids in the White House, Michelle Obama continued. “I knew in my heart that it was the right thing to do – because our democracy is so much bigger than anyone’s ego.”

At the end of her message, the former First Lady regretted the current behavior of Donald Trump, who does not want to acknowledge his defeat. “Our love of the country obliges us to respect the results of an election even if we do not like them or wish that they were held differently – the presidency does not belong to any individual or to any party, insisted the ex “First Lady. To pretend to do it, to play with these baseless conspiracy theories – whether for personal or political gain – is to put the health and safety of our country at risk. It is not a game.” She concluded by addressing the American people: “So I want to urge all Americans, especially the leaders of our country, regardless of their party, to honor the electoral process and do your part to encourage a smooth transition. power, just as the current presidents have done throughout our history.

Michelle Obama © Backgrid UK

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