Rajini Vaidyanathan (@BBCRajiniV) October 20, 2016
There’s a sea of Arizonans here in Phoenix for Michelle Obama pic.twitter.com/nbPc5B5E8j
Gabriel Debenedetti (@gdebenedetti) October 20, 2016
The first ladyarguedTrumps rhetoric and demeanor about the election being rigged is indefensible and dangerous.
The voters decide who wins and loses, period, end of story, and when a presidential candidate threatens to ignore our voices and reject the outcome of this election he is threatening the very idea of America itself and we cannot stand for that.
You do not keep American democracy in suspense.
Obama was referencing Trumps answer to a question he was asked during the final presidential debate.
The debate moderator Chris Matthews inquired as to whether Trump would accept the result of the election in November, even if he loses.
I will look at it at the time. Im not looking at anything now. Ill look at it at the time
What Im saying is that I will tell you at the time. Ill keep you in suspense. OK?
Subsequently, a few hours before Michelle Obamas speech on Thursday, Trump said he would accept the outcome of the election with one major catch if he wins.
The First Lady was not willing to let this slide and contended that what Trump is doing is an insult to those who have fought and died for this country.
FLOTUS: “Trump is threatening the idea of America itselfYou don’t keep American Democracy ‘in suspense'” https://t.co/nOEO9jCH4X
ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) October 20, 2016
Her speech, which was a massive rebuke of Trumps entire campaign, focused a great deal on the notion of hope.
We have a candidate whose vision for our country is completely and utterly lacking in hope.
A candidate who tells us that our country is desperate and weak, that our communities are in chaos, that our fellow citizens are a threat, a candidate who calls on us to turn against each other, to build walls, to be afraid.
She contrasted Trumps vision of America with Clintons and said the Democratic presidential nominee helped remind her of the importance of hope.
Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 20, 2016
Throughout her speech, the First Lady didnt say Trump even once.
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