President Trump is firing back at former first lady Michelle Obama following her blistering Democratic National Convention address.
During Obama's speech, she said the president is "clearly in over his head." Trump called her address "very divisive," while decrying the positive reviews it has received among pundits and once again complaining that she didn't deliver it live.
"No, she was over her head, and frankly, she should have made the speech live, which she didn't do," Trump said. "She gets these fawning reviews. If you gave a real review, it wouldn't be so fawning. I thought it was a very divisive speech."
Trump also accused the former first lady of citing the "wrong" number of COVID-19 deaths as a result of pre-taping her speech, in addition to not mentioning Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) because of when she filmed it. As CNN's Daniel Dale notes, there have been more than 170,000 COVID-19 deaths in the United States, and Obama referenced "more than 150,000" coronavirus fatalities.
"More than 21K Americans have died since she recorded it earlier this month," NBC News' Peter Alexander wrote. "Not sure how Trump's attack reflects well on his handling of the pandemic."
Trump disses Michelle Obama: "She was over her head, and frankly, she should've made the speech live, which she didn't do, she taped it. And it was not only taped, it was tape a long time ago, because she had the wrong [coronavirus] deaths." pic.twitter.com/Ckyj3wtoWq
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 18, 2020
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