Michelle Obama slammed for 'insensitive' remark comparing Donald Trump to a 'divorced dad'
The former first lady recently compared the US to a teen staying with a divorced dad under Donald Trump's presidency.
Michelle Obama recently appeared in London for her book tour and took the stage to comment about the presidency of Donald Trump. The former first lady did not hold back in taking a jab at the President as she compared him to a divorced dad and the US to a teenager. She said, "We [America] come from a broken family, we are a little unsettled. Sometimes you spend the weekend with divorced dad. That feels like fun but then you get sick. That is what America is going through. We are living with a divorced dad," as reported by Daily Mail.
While Michelle might have aimed at getting a few laughs out of her joke, many people, especially the divorced dads, were angered by the insensitive remark she made. "Criticizing divorced parents or single dads is really a low blow," wrote one user on Twitter.
Another commented on how they had expected better behavior from the former first lady. "'I'm a divorced dad who loves his kids and is every bit of a good parent as a divorced mom. I generally don't like Trump and did like you, but you've shown that you can say just as rude and insensitive comment as Trump," read the comment. Others reflected on the efforts they put in being a single parent. "As a divorced dad who gives his all every weekend, I gotta ask... come again?" one user noted.
Another echoed similar thoughts as the comment read, "As a divorced dad, I do my best to raise my son into a kind of man of which we all can be proud. Your comments don't help people see that I'm conscientious and competent [enough] to do a good job." Meanwhile, another user defended all the divorced dads by adding, "My divorced dad loved me selflessly and unconditionally. He instilled worth in my soul and infused gratitude in my heart. To this day (I’m 40), his love was the most beautiful and whole love I’ve known. Words create our world, @MichelleObama. Do better."
Michelle, who has sold nearly 10 million copies of her memoir 'Becoming' did not hesitate to talk about Trump in her book. During her appearance in London, Michelle spoke about finding it hard to listen to the news which is constantly filled with negative news. "When I am not emotionally able to deal with it, I turn it off for a moment,” she said. "I only let some of that stuff into my world when I’m ready. You can’t have a steady diet of fear and frustration coming in." She even admitted that the world was in a "dark" place at the moment but there is still hope for things to get better in the future.
Michelle previously also hasn't been afraid to speak her mind and last year on April 5, at a Simmons Leadership Conference in Boston, she did not hold back on conveying her thoughts on how she believes Trump is handling the administration. Reflecting on the administration when Barack Obama was the president and looking at it now, she remarked that she saw a lot of difference. "I think what we see is what happens when we take things for granted," Obama told Simmons President Helen Drinan as per People."For the eight years Barack was president, it was like having the ‘good parent’ at home. The responsible parent, the one who told you to eat your carrots and go to bed on time." Interestingly, this current comparison also has to do with bad parenting.