- Michelle Obama said she was hurt and disappointed by the victory of Donald Trump in 2016
- She said Trump had "spread racist lies" about Obama and this had put her family in danger
- Michelle said it was hard for her to forgive but she knew she had to find strength and maturity to put anger aside
- She welcomed Melania at the White House where they shared a lot and told her about what to expect
- According to the former first lady, the family of former president George Bush had done the same for her and Obama and this enabled smooth transition of power
- She has urged Trump and Melania to put the country first and pave the way for a smooth passage of power to Joe Biden
Former US first lady Michelle Obama has joined her husband Barack Obama in urging President Donald Trump to concede defeat and facilitate a smooth transition of power to president-elect Joe Biden.
In a statement on her Instagram page on Monday, November 16, Michelle painted a picture of how she felt four years ago when Trump won the 2016 presidential election, and by a bigger margin floored her preferred candidate Hillary Clinton.
Michelle said Trump's victory "hurt and disappointed" her but she was alive to the fact that "the Americans had spoken" and the presidency had to listen.
According to Michelle, the then-president-elect (Trump) had "spread racist lies" about her husband Obama whose eight-years term at the helm of the US had just ended.
"I was not ready to forgive. However, for the sake of our country, I had to find maturity to put anger aside," she wrote.
Just like ex-president George W. Bush and her wife Laura Bush ushered them (Obama and Michelle) at the White House in 2009, Michelle said, as a tradition, she invited Trump's wife Melania at her official residence and chatted with her on what to expect during her stay.
Among things she talked about with Melania include "how to raise children at the White House".
"None of this was easy for me," she continued adding she knew in her heart it was the right thing to do since democracy is so much bigger than anybody’s ego.
In a report filed by CNN on Tuesday, November 17, first lady Melania Trump has not yet invited income first lady Jill Biden at the White House for a talk.
This, however, may not happen if Trump will insist on disputing Biden's victory in court.
The former first lady said Obama instructed his staff to brief Trump's team on the strides he had made to ease the transition of power, just like George and Laura Bush had done.
It is in this light that Michelle urged Trump to put the country first and to respect the results of an election.
"The conspiracy theories put our country’s health and security in danger," Michelle said in reference to Trump's denial of Biden's victory.
Earlier, Obama had delivered a stinging rebuke on Trump's refusal to accept defeat and described it as one more example of how Trump has been breaching basic democratic norms and hurting Americans.
"He should put the country first. He is just a public servant occupying an office on a temporary basis. He needs to accept to pave way for transition. I would still scold such a character, even if it was my daughter if she refused to concede defeat during sports claiming that the other team stole victory without proof," said Obama.
As separately reported, Trump has since the election night declared himself the winner of the November 3 poll and claimed that Bidens victory was aided by stolen ballots.
He moved to court where he hopes to overturn Biden's victory.
As earlier reported by Briefly.co.za, Biden had warned more people may die of COVID-19 if Trump continues to frustrate the passage of power.
Trump has been accused of blocking Biden from accessing intelligence and funds that were earmarked to finance the transition.
Biden is expected to be sworn in as president on January 20, 2021. Among matters of priority he needs to undertake include vaccinating Americans from COVID-19 which had killed over 250,000 in the US by November 17 and stabilising the economy that has been battered by the pandemic.
More people will die if we don't coordinate. A vaccine is important but is only useful after you vaccinate. But how do we get over 300 million Americans vaccinated? What is the game plan? We also need to cooperate with the WHO and the rest of the world in doing this.
If we have to wait until January 20 it puts us behind over a month and a half. So it is important this is done with coordination, now," said Biden.
As of Monday, November 16, two drugmakers, Pfizer and Moderna, had produced vaccines touted to have at least 90% efficiency in preventing COVID-19.
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