Michelle Obama has urged Donald Trump for a peaceful transfer of power, and has sent a warning to the departing President.
In a lengthy Instagram post, the former First Lady warned that this isn’t a game, and encouraged a smooth transition of power, as Obama did when Trump won the election.
“This isn’t a game,”
“Our love of country requires us to respect the results of an election even when we don’t like them or wish it had gone differently — the presidency doesn’t belong to any one individual or any one party. To pretend that it does, to play along with these groundless conspiracy theories — whether for personal or political gain — is to put our country’s health and security in danger,”
“This week, I’ve been reflecting a lot on where I was four years ago. Hilary Clinton had just been dealt a tough loss by a far closer margin than the one we’ve seen this year. I was hurt and disappointed — but the votes had been counted and Donald Trump had won. The American people had spoken. And one of the great responsibilities of the presidency is to listen when they do,”
“I have to be honest and say that none of this was easy for me. Donald Trump had spread racist lies about my husband that had put my family in danger. That wasn’t something I was ready to forgive,” she said, referring to a baseless conspiracy theory Trump had aggressively promoted that contended that the president wasn’t born in the United States.
“I knew that, for the sake of our country, I had to find the strength and maturity to put my anger aside,” she said. “I knew in my heart it was the right thing to do — because our democracy is so much bigger than anybody’s ego.”
“I want to urge all Americans, especially our nation’s leaders, regardless of party, to honor the electoral process and do your part to encourage a smooth transition of power, just as sitting presidents have done throughout our history.”