In pursuit of a smooth transfer of power, Michelle Obama speaks out. On Monday, the former first lady went to Instagram to recall how after the 2016 election, she and her husband, former President Barack Obama, welcomed President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania Trump, into the White House.
Michelle Obama posted on Instagram in which she criticized Trump. In the post, she wrote that she believes in peace and also shared how she and her husband Obama peacefully welcomed Trump and Melania Trump in the White House in 2016. She further said that Donald Trump had spread racist lies regarding her husband Obama that had put their family in danger.
According To the Independent, the 56-year-old former First Lady posted a picture of herself and her husband Barack Obama attending the inauguration of Donald Trump outside the White House in January 2017, using her official Instagram account.
Obama criticised Trump for spreading "groundless conspiracy theories" in an emotional caption addressed to her 44 million fans, and commented on how she was forced to put her personal emotions away from the Republican leader in order to ensure a smooth institutional transition.
Michelle Obama wrote: "This week, I’ve been reflecting a lot on where I was four years ago. Hillary Clinton had just been dealt a tough loss by a far closer margin than the one we’ve seen this year. I was hurt and disappointed - but the votes had been counted and Donald Trump had won.
"I have to be honest and say that none of this was easy for me. Donald Trump had spread racist lies about my husband that had put my family in danger. That wasn’t something I was ready to forgive.
"But I knew that, for the sake of our country, I had to find the strength and maturity to put my anger aside. So I welcomed Melania Trump into the White House and talked with her about my experience, answering every question she had."
Obama added: "I knew in my heart it was the right thing to do - because our democracy is so much bigger than anybody’s ego. Our love of country requires us to respect the results of an election even when we don’t like them or wish it had gone differently - the presidency doesn’t belong to any one individual or any one party.
"To pretend that it does, to play along with these groundless conspiracy theories - whether for personal or political gain - is to put our country’s health and security in danger."
To applaud Obama for speaking so candidly, a number of Instagram users immediately took to the forums.
For instance, one person wrote: "Thank you for the example you provided for what a real President and First Lady do during a time like this."
Meanwhile, someone else added: "This is what we all needed to hear. Thank you for constantly being a beacon of hope to all of us."
Throughout the 2020 race, Michelle and Barack Obama publicly vowed their support for former VEEP and projected POTUS Joe Biden.
But in a recent interview on CBS Sunday Morning with Gayle King, the former president said that if he ever wanted to join Biden's government, his wife Michelle would "leave him"