Michelle Obama suggested that President Trump was treating the transition as “a game” on Monday and begged Republicans “to honor the electoral process” by accepting Joseph R. Biden Jr. as president-elect.
“Our democracy is so much bigger than anyone’s ego,” the former first lady Mrs. Obama wrote on Instagram as she called on the president to “spread racist lies” about her husband.
Ms Obama, one of the most popular women in the world and an influential figure in the Democratic Party, began her post by recounting how painful it had been to acknowledge that Mr Trump won in 2016.
Mr. Trump, she said, had spread the racist lie that “put my family in danger” – but she was determined to follow the protocols of respect, cooperation and support that former President George W. Bush and his family adopted it after President Barack Obama was elected.
Hillary Clinton, she said, “had just suffered a heavy defeat much closer than what we have seen this year,” she wrote. “I was hurt and disappointed – but the votes had been counted and Donald Trump had won.”
Mr. Trump’s Birtherism, she writes, “was not something I was willing to forgive. But I knew that for the sake of our country, I had to find the strength and maturity to put my anger aside. She therefore called on her staff in the East Wing to cooperate fully with her successor, Melania Trump, and collaborators.
Mrs. Obama, who has given memorable speeches to Congress on behalf of Mr. Obama, Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Biden, did not campaign in person for Mr. Biden this year, but she did help fundraising for the Biden-Harris campaign and get-out-the-vote.
Ms. Obama’s 2018 memoir, “Becoming,” mixed her progressive political views with personal observations of growing up as a black woman in America and a candid discussion of what it was like to raise children. in the public eye.
In keeping with this approach, Ms. Obama used her personal actions – namely meeting Ms. Trump to answer questions about life in the White House four years ago – to illustrate what she sees as dangerous violations of political traditions. of Mr. Trump intended to stabilize. the country’s institutions after the elections.
“This is not a game,” she wrote, addressing supporters of the president and Republican leaders who have appeased Mr. Trump by refusing to recognize Mr. Biden’s status as president-elect.
“So I want to urge all Americans, especially the leaders of our country, regardless of party, to honor the electoral process and do your part to encourage a smooth transition of power, as the presidents have done in exercise throughout our history.