In a rally today in North Carolina, Donald Trump, perhaps having run out of people to criticize, turned his attention to First Lady Michelle Obama. Obama has an exceptionally high approval rating, and is almost universally admired outside of the small Trumpian base of racists and misogynists, so it’s probably worth a shot!
“All she wants to do is campaign,” he said. “And I see how much [she] likes Hillary. But wasn’t she the one that originally started the statement ‘if you can’t take care of your home…’ Right? You can’t take care of the White House, or the country. Where’s that?”
It echoes something Trump brought up during the second debate.
“I’ve gotten to see the commercials that they did on you,” he said to Hillary Clinton. “And I’ve gotten to see some of the most vicious commercials I’ve ever seen of Michelle Obama talking about you, Hillary.”
You may or may not be surprised to hear that no such commercial was ever put out by the Obamas when Clinton was running against him. Instead, there was one put out by a pro-Trump group, taken from a speech Michelle Obama was giving at the time.
As Politifact points out, the first lady did say those words, but they were not in reference to Clinton, at least not explicitly.
Trump is wrong to imply that Michelle Obama’s criticism came in an ad her husband ran against Hillary Clinton. Instead, it came from an ad made by a pro-Trump super PAC. And, the comments from Michelle Obama are somewhat oblique. They might be about Hillary Clinton, but they also might be simple pro-family sentiments. We rate Trump’s statement False.
Nonetheless, going after FLOTUS seems like a really good idea, and I hope Trump continues, as it’s surely going to work out great for him.