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Michelle Obama Calls Trump’s Response to Civil Unrest Over Racial Inequality ‘Morally Wrong’ and ‘Racist’

Former first lady also criticizes the president for his coronavirus response in a video released by Biden campaign

Michelle Obama blasts Donald Trump’s coronavirus response in a 24-minute video released by Joe Biden’s campaign on Tuesday. In it, Obama makes a fiery and direct case for her husband’s former vice president, telling viewers to vote for him as if their “lives depend on it.”

“Right now, our country is in chaos because of a president who isn’t up to the job,” the former first lady said, bringing up concerns from parents about reopening schools — which Trump has been pushing for without any plan. Obama brought up the number of American lives lost — over 200,000 and rising — from the pandemic.

“Today, more Americans have died from this virus than died in the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam and Korea combined. Take all those lives bravely sacrificed and double it. That’s roughly the scale of this tragedy and our commander-in-chief, sadly, has been missing in action and his willful mismanagement of the COVID crisis is just one example of his negligence,” she said.

Obama later highlighted the president’s response to the wildfires on the West Coast and called Trump’s reaction to civil unrest over racial inequity “morally wrong” and “racist,” too.

“They’re stoking fears about Black and brown Americans, lying about how minorities will destroy the suburbs, whipping up violence and intimidation. And they’re pinning it all on what has been an overwhelmingly peaceful movement for racial solidarity,” she said. “What the president is doing is patently false, morally wrong and yes, it is racist.”

She concluded by urging Americans to register to vote, make a plan to vote and then vote for Biden for their own safety and health.

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