President Trump wasted little time on Tuesday hitting back at Michelle Obama after the former first lady, in a searing speech for the Democratic National Convention on Monday, made the case for why he’s in over his head and simply not up to the job.
But Trump’s attempt to strike back at Obama instantly backfired when he criticized her for pre-recording the video of her speech.
“It was not only taped,” Trump complained, “it was taped a long time ago because she had the wrong [coronavirus] deaths.”
As Mother Jones notes, Trump is “technically correct here, but that’s not a good thing. Obama, who said there were more than 150,000 US deaths from the coronavirus pandemic, was referring to a number that by Monday had become outdated. The death toll has now surpassed 170,000. Trump apparently wanted to remind everyone that more Americans have died from the coronavirus under his watch than a political opponent had given him credit him for.”
“She gets these fawning reviews,” Trump continued. “If you gave her a real review, it wouldn’t be so fawning.”
Trump made the remarks while speaking at a White House event to mark the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment that gave women the right to vote
The president was hoping to pardon the suffragist Susan B. Anthony and create a news story that could divert attention from the DNC.
Trump’s pardon announcement was instead met with laughter for the crowd.
Trump disses Michelle Obama: "She was over her head, and frankly, she should've made the speech live, which she didn't do, she taped it. And it was not only taped, it was tape a long time ago, because she had the wrong [coronavirus] deaths." pic.twitter.com/Ckyj3wtoWq
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 18, 2020