First ladies of the United States tend to be respectable, well-mannered role models for all Americans to emulate. However, what Michelle Obama just said in public is nothing close to respectable or well-mannered.
Speaking at a Pennsylvania Conference for Women, Michelle Obama said that people “don’t trust politics” because the Republican Party is “all men, all white,” according to Fox News.
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It was a shocking comment that few expected from a former first lady of the United States, but considering her husband’s ideological leaning, it’s one that shouldn’t cause any surprise.
While speaking about the merits of diversity at the conference on Tuesday, Mrs. Obama spoke about the importance of bringing different people to the table to get a broad range perspectives on every issue. In particular, she said that Congress’ lack of diversity in both gender and color were problematic to this nation.
“On one side of the room, it’s literally gray and white. Literally, that’s the color palette on one side of the room,” Mrs. Obama said. “On the other side of the room, there are yellows and blues and whites and greens. Physically, there’s a difference in color, in the tone. Because one side; all men, all white. One the other side; some women, some people of color.”
“No wonder people don’t trust politicians,” she added. “Until we are ready to fight for that – which means some people have to be willing to give up their seats to make room, or you need to be ready to add more seats – I think we’re going to continue to struggle.”
Many conservatives, including those of other colors and genders, were particularly taken aback by the former first lady’s comments. “It’s unfortunate Michelle Obama would disregard the contributions of conservative women and people of all colors with one sweeping, false accusation,” RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said, according to Fox News.
It wasn’t the only comment that conservative women found reprehensible. Michelle Obama also criticized women who voted for Donald Trump, saying, “Any woman who voted against Hillary Clinton voted against their own voice,” at a marketing conference last month in Boston.
The former first lady continued to promote the idea of diversity instead of a fair meritocracy. “We should be working actively to mix it up, so we’re getting a real broad range of perspectives on every issue. Shoot, I would [like to] see that in Congress,” she said.
Michelle Obama said that people “don’t trust politics” because the Republican Party is “all men, all white.” Is she racist?
The idea of diversity for its own sake, in many ways, is more racist than it would first appear. The traditional idea of America is that everyone of all races, ethnicity, and backgrounds are free to achieve to the best of their ability. However, mandating diversity means putting a fair and equal standard of assessment to the side, and propelling forward only specific people.
Michelle Obama even went so far as to say that President Trump’s message to young Americans was infinitely worse than that of her husband’s. She claimed that under the previous administration, young people grew up with a message of “hope and possibility and options and opportunities.” Considering the lackluster economic performance of Obama’s administration in comparison to Trump’s, the data proves that the markets feel the exact opposite about the future of this nation for the next generation.
The Obamas should end these divisive comments and let Americans decide their representatives with their votes.