Without naming Donald Trump directly, First Lady Michelle Obama, while speaking at her final commencement address as FLOTUS at City College of New York, took a well-deserved jab at the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.
She said of Trump :
Here in America, we don’t give into our fears. We don’t build up walls to keep people out, because we know that our greatness has always depended on contributions from people who were born elsewhere but sought out this country and made it their home.
Some folks out there today seem to have a very different perspective… They seem to view our diversity as a threat to be contained rather than as a resource to be tapped. They tell us to be afraid of those who are different, to be suspicious of those with whom we disagree.
They act as if name-calling is an acceptable substitute for thoughtful debate, as if anger and intolerance should be our default state, rather than the optimism and openness that have always been the engine of our progress.
I have seen what happens when ideas like these take hold. I have seen how leaders who rule by intimidation, leaders who demonize and dehumanize entire groups of people, often do so because they have nothing else to offer. That is not who we are.
And it absolutely isn’t who we are as a nation. We are a nation of, by and for the people, all people, regardless of who you are, where you come from, or what religion you practice. We are the land of the free for a reason, it’s kind of our thing.
Watch the First Lady go after Trump here:
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