Without uttering his name, Michelle Obama delivered a powerful rebuke to Donald Trump during her speech at the Democratic National Convention this Monday night.
Referencing her daughters’ upbringing in the White House, the First Lady called on voters to pick a candidate that would be a role model for America’s children.
“With every action we take, we know our kids are watching us,” she said. “This election, and every election, is about who will have the power to shape our children for the next four or eight years of their lives.”
“Police officers and the protesters in Dallas who all desperately want to keep our children safe; people lined up in Orlando to give blood because it could have been their son, their daughter in that club,” she said. “Leaders like Tim Kaine who show our kids what decency and devotion look like. Leaders like Hillary Clinton, who has the guts and the grace to keep coming back and putting those cracks in that highest and hardest glass ceiling.”
“That is the story of this country,” she continued. “The story that has brought me to this stage tonight. The story of generations of people who felt the lash of bondage, the shame of servitude, the sting of segregation but kept on hoping and striving and doing what needed to be done so that today I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves… And because of Hillary Clinton, my daughters, and all our sons and daughters, now take for granted that a woman can be president of the United States.”
She ended her speech by calling on all Democrats to band together and work to get Hillary Clinton into the White House.
“In this election, we cannot sit back and hope that everything works out for the best,” she said. “We cannot afford to be tired or frustrated and cynical. We need to get out every vote, we need to pour every last ounce of our passion and our strength and our love for this country into electing Hillary Clinton president of the United States of America. So let’s get to work.”