There have long been rumors that former First Lady Michelle Obama may make a late entry into the 2020 race — and a recent social media post from the Democrat icon only added fuel to those flames.
The International Business Times reported Friday that an early-morning Instagram post from the former first lady prompted supporters to call for her to launch a presidential campaign.
For her part, Obama has stated on numerous occasions that she has no intention of running for president in 2020, if ever — but those statements have failed to quell the outcry from her fans for her to step up and be a leader for the left on the political stage.
According to the Times, the latest push from her supporters comes as the former first lady is promoting her “I Am Becoming” journal, a companion piece to her best-selling memoir Becoming that shares Obama’s love of journaling and encourages others to do the same.
What really set off this latest push for her to enter the race, however, was an inspirational video Obama posted on Instagram highlighting a recent visit she made to schools in southeast Asia.
The short clip, which also featured actress Julia Roberts, was apparently intended to encourage young women to get an education. “My trip to Vietnam and Malaysia was filled with so many hopeful reminders of the power that lies in education,” the former first lady wrote in her caption.
Take a look:
“Just run for president already”
It didn’t take long for the former first lady’s legion of supporters to turn out in droves in the comments section, with many urging Obama to make a White House bid.
“Can you please run for president? We need a strong black woman to be our president,” one Instagram user wrote, according to the Times. Another opined: “Just run for president already. I’m tired of those clowns on TV.”
It seems that much of the hubbub surrounding a Michelle Obama presidential campaign spurs from heightened anxiety among Democrat analysts over the current field of candidates. NPR reported in November that some are concerned none of the top contenders for the Democrats’ 2020 nomination has what it takes to defeat Donald Trump.
But, as NPR reported, the field is more or less set, and late entries into a presidential race are rarely ever successful. Moreover, Obama herself has said there is “zero chance” that she would throw her hat in the ring, choosing instead to “improve this country and build a better world” in other ways, according to Newsweek.
Unfortunately for Obama’s supporters, it looks like the calls for the former first lady to run for president are falling on deaf ears.