Michelle Obama takes racial shot at Trump, suggests 'indicted' white men can run for office while 'black men can't'

 January 13, 2024

It is no secret that former first lady Michelle Obama has nothing but enmity for former President Donald Trump, nor that she will ever waste an opportunity to highlight perceived racism and discrimination as a major societal issue.

Obama managed to combine both of those issues -- her hatred of Trump and perpetual racial grievances -- in a recent interview, according to a report.

The former first lady seized upon an opportunity to make a snide comment referencing the multiple criminal indictments against the former Republican president who succeeded her husband in the White House and asserted that a black man like Barack would be unable to continue running for office like Trump is doing.

Former first lady casts race-tinged shade against Trump

On Monday, podcaster Jay Shetty posted an hour-plus discussion he'd had with former first lady Michelle Obama that covered a wide variety of topics.

Near the end of the conversation, as part of a supposedly rapid-fire multiple questions segment of the interview, Obama was asked to share some of the things she'd learned about herself, her family, and American society at large during her eight years in the White House.

After a generally introspective initial response, she then took an unsubtle shot at former President Trump, albeit without saying his name, in referencing his continued run for a second term as president while saddled with multiple criminal indictments.

White Trump can run for office if indicted, black Barack couldn't do the same

"I mean, the bars are different for people in life," Obama said. "That, I've learned. This is a thing about being an 'other.' You learn how to be excellent all the time because you can't be less than."

"Other people can. Other people can be indicted a bunch of times and still run for office," she said with a snarky chuckle. "Black men can't."

"You just learn to be good and in the end, you benefit from that extra resilience," Obama added. "You can be mad about it, but it also makes you more equipped, right? But it still is not fair."

Criminally indicted Trump still leading in the polls

Former President Trump was criminally indicted four separate times in 2023 and faces a total of 91 criminal charges at the federal and state levels over his alleged criminal behavior.

At the state level, that includes an indictment in New York for allegedly falsifying business records in relation to hush money payments during the 2016 election, along with a an alleged racketeering conspiracy in Georgia for his efforts to legitimately challenge and reverse the 2020 election results in states where the outcome was in dispute.

On the federal level, Trump was first indicted in Florida over his alleged unlawful retention of classified documents after leaving the White House, then later was indicted in Washington D.C. over his alleged interference in the 2020 election and purported involvement in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot of 2021.

Yet, despite the four indictments and dozens of charges that have filled his schedule for 2024, Trump has continued to run for president and, according to the polls, maintains a massive lead over his GOP primary challengers as well as a much thinner lead over his likely competitor in the general election, his rival from 2020, President Joe Biden.

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