Looks like Michelle Obama is getting a little fed up with playing nice when it comes to the New Guy in the White House. The former FLOTUS just started the European leg of her book tour and she dropped a few scathing criticisms of the current POTUS in her first event in London Sunday. Speaking to Stephen Colbert (so obviously Donald Trump came up), Michelle said that if the United States can be viewed as a teenager, Donald Trump is like its “divorced dad.”
“We come from a broken family, we are a little unsettled,” Obama said. “Sometimes you spend the weekend with divorced dad. That feels like fun but then you get sick. That is what America is going through. We are living with divorced dad.”
— Chris Licht (@ChrisLicht) April 14, 2019
That wasn’t the only time Trump came up, although the former FLOTUS didn’t use his name. Michelle discussed the racist “Birther” conspiracy about Barack Obama‘s birthplace which was propagated most famously by Donald Trump — something that was particularly hurtful to her and her family.
“I don’t know if there has been a president who has been accused of not being born in this country? Who has been asked to show his transcripts? Who has been accused of being unpatriotic?” she said. “There was a lot of stuff that had not happened before that happened to us.
“There was a time when people accused me of not loving my country. They accused me of being loud and rude and obnoxious.”
Michelle didn’t shy away from the pain of the “Birther” narrative in Becoming either. Writing about that time ahead of the 2012 election, the First Lady said, “Donald Trump, with his loud and reckless innuendos, was putting my family’s safety at risk and for this, I’d never forgive him.”
Nearly two hours of fiery funny talk about life, role models and moral leadership from Michelle Obama with an audience of 15,000 mates. #IAmBecoming #wemissyoumichelle @L8ShowColbert pic.twitter.com/yUURZmlxSe
— Jessica Palmer (@JessCutitout) April 15, 2019
Michelle also addressed the current hopeless-seeming state of American politics, putting it in perspective and trying to inject hope back into the crowd.
“This may feel like a dark chapter but any story has its highs and lows but it continues,” she said. “Yes, we are in a low but we have been lower. We have had tougher times, we have had more to fear. We have lived through slavery, the Holocaust and segregation.
“We have always come out at the other end — better and stronger. We are moving in a direction of diversity and inclusion. No one ever said it would be easy. We are just in the throes of the uneasy path of change.”
The discussion wasn’t all doom and gloom though. Michelle also told some cute anecdotes about meeting the Queen (something that’s also in the book). We love a good story about Queen Elizabeth and Michelle didn’t disappoint (although her Queen impression left a little to be desired).
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) April 15, 2019
At the after-party, Michelle capped off the night with some A-list friends — Adele and RuPaul. It’s an unlikely trio, but now that they’re together, we need more of it. Can someone throw together a screenplay for this team superhero film? Or a Girls Trip-type comedy? Or a multi-camera sit-com? We’ll wait.
OH MY GOD MICHELLE OBAMA RUPAUL AND ADELE IN THE SAME ROOM IM… IM GONNA FAINT pic.twitter.com/6woZqsGLam
— LiLi 🙂 (@Anateleta) April 14, 2019
nothing to see here, just rupaul, michelle obama and adele together pic.twitter.com/NoXiPCtsRA
— Danilo Sanches (@danilo_sanches) April 15, 2019