Former first lady Michelle Obama delivered her closing message to Americans in a campaign video, calling President Donald Trump’s actions “morally wrong” and “racist.”
“But 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,” she said. “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,” she continued.
She urged voters not to buy into the current administration’s divisive tactics.
“I want everyone who is still undecided to think about all those folks like me and my ancestors,” she said, “the millions of folks who look like me and fought and died and toiled as slaves and soldiers and laborers to help build this country.”
The video comes less than a month before Election Day. Trump has declined to say whether he will participate in a peaceful transition of power. The public’s fears were stoked further when during last week’s presidential debate, he told the far-right group, Proud Boys, to “stand down and stand by.”
“Racism, fear, division, these are powerful weapons,” Obama asserted. “And they can destroy this nation if we don’t deal with them head on. To all the young people out there, to all the Black and Brown folks, to anyone who feels frustrated and alienated by this whole system, I get it. I really do. Search your hearts, and your conscience, and then vote for Joe Biden like your lives depend on it.”