When Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton campaigned together for the first time, Obama showered Clinton with praise as a “friend,” a “policy wonk,” and “my girl.” She said she is “inspired” by Clinton because she has “lived a life grounded in service and sacrifice.”
But one of the most compelling moments of Obama’s speech came when she pushed back against Donald Trump’s “rigged election” talk. She fiercely defended the idea that voting matters, and reminded listeners of the sacrifices that have come with securing the right to vote for all Americans.
Obama said that if Clinton doesn’t win, “that will be on us” for not voting — and that this is exactly what the Trump campaign is hoping for.
“That’s the strategy. To make this election so dirty and ugly that we don’t want any part of it,” Obama said. “So when you hear folks talking about a global conspiracy and saying that this election is rigged, understand that they are trying to get you to stay home. They are trying to convince you that your vote doesn’t matter, that the outcome has already been determined and you shouldn’t even bother making your voice heard. They are trying to take away your hope.”