Back in October during a trip to Africa, Melania Trump declared herself “one of” the most bullied people in the world, but her most recent predecessor isn’t quite buying it.
In a new interview with NPR, Michelle Obama responded to Melania Trump’s claims about being bullied, and suggested that first ladies should develop a thicker skin when it comes to receiving criticism.
NPR’s Audie Cornish interviewed Obama about the upcoming release of her book “Becoming”, and asked whether she can relate to the feeling of being bullied more than anybody else on the planet. Obama was crystal clear in her response.
“I can’t,” Obama replied. “I can’t look around at what’s going on and view myself as — I wrote about the fact that, how I learned not to sort of take myself so seriously in this role was when I would meet military families, and spend time on bases, and I would see the sacrifice that these families would make and the hardships that they would bare because they would have a loved one serving and dying and putting their life at risk. I admired them and it made me feel like, ‘let me not complain out loud about anything that is happening to me.'”
Melania isn’t the only Trump for whom Obama has harsh words. The Washington Post obtained excerpts of Obama’s upcoming book Becoming, and in it, the former first lady strongly denounced Donald Trump for regularly stoking rumors that her husband wasn’t born in America.
“The whole [birther] thing was crazy and mean-spirited, of course, its underlying bigotry and xenophobia hardly concealed. But it was also dangerous, deliberately meant to stir up the wingnuts and kooks,” Obama wrote. “What if someone with an unstable mind loaded a gun and drove to Washington? What if that person went looking for our girls? Donald Trump, with his loud and reckless innuendos, was putting my family’s safety at risk. And for this I’d never forgive him.”
EXCLUSIVE: First lady Melania Trump says her “Be Best” policy platform targeting online bullies is personal. “I could say that I’m the most bullied person in the world,” she tells ABC. https://t.co/RBrs4d6gQH pic.twitter.com/r8CNJeyFQa
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