Ahead of the November 3, 2020 presidential election in the U.S., former first lady, Michelle Obama and U.S president, Donald Trump have engaged in war of words over the way the latter has been running the country since he came to power in 2016.
The former first lady launched a stinging attack on Trump on Monday, as Democrats prepared to crown Joe Biden officially as their nominee for the election.
“Donald Trump is the wrong president for our country,” said Michelle Obama in a recorded message to the Democratic convention.
“You simply cannot fake your way through this job.
“Our economy is in shambles because of a virus that this president downplayed for too long.
“Stating the simple fact that a black life matters is still met with derision from the nation’s highest office.
“Because whenever we look to this White House for some leadership, or consolation or any semblance of steadiness, what we get instead is chaos, division and a total and utter lack of empathy,” she said in remarks that closed the first night of the convention.
She said the last four years had been difficult to explain to America’s children.
“They see our leaders labelling fellow citizens enemies of the state, while emboldening torch-bearing white supremacists.
“They watch in horror as children are torn from their families and thrown into cages, and pepper spray and rubber bullets are used on peaceful protests for a photo op.”
Mrs Obama continued: “Donald Trump is the wrong president for our country. He has had more than enough time to prove that he can do the job, but he is clearly in over his head.
“He simply cannot be who we need him to be for us. It is what it is.”
She described Biden as a “profoundly decent man,” touting the Democratic White House candidate’s experience as vice-president under her husband, President Barack Obama.
But Trump responded on Tuesday to former Michelle Obama’s forceful rebuke of his character and leadership, claiming that he would not even have been elected to the White House were it not for what he said are failings of her husband’s administration.
“Somebody please explain to @MichelleObama that Donald J. Trump would not be here, in the beautiful White House, if it weren’t for the job done by your husband, Barack Obama. Biden was merely an afterthought, a good reason for that very late & unenthusiastic endorsement. My Administration and I built the greatest economy in history, of any country, turned it off, saved millions of lives, and now am building an even greater economy than it was before. Jobs are flowing, NASDAQ is already at a record high, the rest to follow. Sit back & watch!” Trump tweeted.