Michelle Obama calls Trump 'racist' as she pleads with undecided voters to end 'four years of chaos' and vote for Biden 'like your lives depend on it' in blistering 24-minute video

 Joe Biden's campaign released a slashing video endorsement by Michelle Obama Tuesday where the former first lady denounces President Trump as 'racist' and says he 'isn't up to the job.'

'Racism, fear, division — these are powerful weapons and they can destroy this nation if we don't deal with them head on,' she says in the 24--minute video, called a 'closing argument,' where she speaks directly to the camera.  

'Let's be honest, right now our country is in chaos because of a president who isn't up to the job,' says the popular former first lady, who also delivered an emotional pitch for Biden by video at the Democratic National Convention. 

The Biden camp dropped the video Tuesday morning, just after Trump returned to the White House from Walter Reed hospital, and immediately resumed attacks on his own political rivals. 

Biden is surging in national polls, but his campaign remains concerned that its path to victory needs to juice turnout, to secure a White House victory and a Democratic Senate majority, and also to deliver a margin convincing enough that claims Trump is making of ballot fraud are not seen as credible.

Both the Obamas are seen by the Biden campaign as formidable assets - particularly Michelle, for her ability to connect to female and black voters, and to communicate as a mother and someone who has repeatedly spoken of her dislike for politics. 

She used the video to acknowledge that claims of 'white privilege' have hurt 'left-behind voters' in rural and rust-belt areas - precisely the kinds of voters who backed her husband then voted for Trump. Reclaiming them would likely hand Biden the White House. 

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Former first lady Michelle Obama tears into President Donald Trump's record in a new video released by Joe Biden's presidential campaign

Former first lady Michelle Obama tears into President Donald Trump's record in a new video released by Joe Biden's presidential campaign

She accuses Trump and his allies of 'stoking fears about black and brown Americans' and 'lying about how minorities will destroy the suburbs'

She accuses Trump and his allies of 'stoking fears about black and brown Americans' and 'lying about how minorities will destroy the suburbs'

She also attacked Trump in personal terms, accusing him of taking the Secret Service who guard him - and who protected her family - and the White House staff 'for granted.'

She accused him of seeking to 'enrich himself and his family,' free his friends from prison and cut taxes and regulations for the rich with 'regular folks' paying the price. 

The former first lady's video message represents her most significant intervention yet in the campaign.

Obama married together her attacks on Trump's 'racism,' with commentary on protest movements and blistering reviews of Trump's handling of the coronavirus. 

APPEAL TO SUBURBAN MOMS FROM WHITE HOUSE MOM 

'The stakes are on display every day, not just in the headlines, but in our families,' she said. 

She slammed his 'relentless pressure' to reopen schools 'without plans for the safety of teachers and students' using her experience as a mother to connect with the suburban mothers whose votes Biden needs to win.

Imagine how it feels to wake up every day and do your very best to uphold the values that this country claims to holds dear — truth, honor, decency — only to have those efforts met by scorn, not just by your fellow citizens, but by a sitting president.

'Our daughters are in college now and luckily they are taking classes from home this semester,' she said, but said other students are 'quarantined alone in dorms,' and cut off from their families.

She tied the Obama daughters' generation's experience to Trump saying: 'We simply cannot trust this president to tell the truth about anything.'

Obama spoke of chaos for school-age children and their parents, and said: 'Months into crisis, this is still where we are with no clear plan and no peace of mind.

'The worst thing is that it didn't have to be like this.' 

She said the blame lay with 'a man who lied to us - who did not tell us how deadly this virus is, but told us it would just disappear.'

'MISSING IN ACTION' SLAM ON TRUMP 

Obama then accused Trump of having 'knowingly exposed  his own supporters to the virus,' and said the death toll exceeded all military deaths since World War II and said: 'Our commander in chief has been missing in action.'

The former first lady then linked Trump's handling of the virus to his approach to protests in which have roiled the country since the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

'When Americans of all backgrounds peacefully protest police violence, he disparages them, yet eggs on heavily-armed militias,' she said.

'When our heroic young men answer the call and heroically give their lives for their county, he called them suckers and losers and publicly mocks Gold Star families and prisoners of war.

'All this from someone who as a wealthy and connected young man avoided military service.'

Obama decried Trump's 'incompetence' but pivoted to praising the American spirit - a conscious echoing of the Biden campaign's pledge to 'heal the soul of America.'

Biden, she said, was a president who could united the country, while she accused Trump of using the presidency to 'enrich himself and his family,' and aid his 'wealthy friends by cutting taxes for the rich and big corporations and cutting regulations that protect regular families from getting taken advantage of by people like him.' 

Obama called Biden 'the kind of leader our nation deserves,' and 'a leader who will help heal this nation and instead of tearing people apart, he will  bring people together' and called the election 'a start for a fresh start, or four more years of this.'

MICHELLE WARNS 'WHITE PRIVILEGE' CLAIMS ARE HURTING POORER WHITE VOTERS DEMOCRATS NEED 

But then she opened her argument beyond politics - and acknowledged that claims of 'white privilege' have insulted and frustrated 'left-behind' communities, a pointed contrast to more liberal figures in the Democratic party - and a call designed to resonate in rural and rust-belt parts of states such as Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan and Iowa which voted for her husband but then backed Trump.

 You've lost your farms and your livelihoods, you've seen your beloved towns shattered by joblessness, you've watched families destroyed by drug addiction and mental health challenges. It is frustrating to hear some folks say that you've been the beneficiary of privilege, that the color of your skin gives you a head start

'Let's be very real. America is divided right now,' she said. 'And a lot of people are being sold lies from people who want to get rich or stay in power or sometimes both.

'We have got to empathize with people who don't look like us or vote like us.

'Let's think about it - you've worked hard all your life and for too long you've watched the rich get richer. You've lost your farms and your livelihoods to corporate greed, you've seen your beloved towns shattered by joblessness.

'You've watched families destroyed by drug addiction and mental health challenges, all of this long before this virus hit.

'And it is frustrating to hear some folks say that you've been the beneficiary of privilege, that the color of your skin gives you a head start.

'That is the reality for far too many hard-working, decent Americans.'

'TRUMP THE RACE-BAITER AND CHAOS AGENT' 

She tied the appeal to Trump's base of former Obama voters to his record - and accused him of trying to stoke racial fear

'Right now the president and his allies are trying to tap into that frustration and distract from his breathtaking failures by giving folks someone to blame other than them.  

'They're stoking fears about black and brown Americans. Lying about how minorities will destroy the suburbs. Whipping up violence and intimidation. 

'And they're pinning it all on what's been an overwhelmingly peaceful movement for racial solidarity.'

She continued: 'So what the president is doing is once again patently false. It's morally wrong. and yes, it is racist. But that doesn't mean it won't work. Because this is a difficult time, a confusing time, and when people hear these lies and crazy conspiracies repeated over and over again, they don't know what to think.'

She said ordinary people 'don't have time to check falsehoods being spread throughout the internet, and even reasonable people might get scared.'

PERSONAL TESTIMONY ON RACE BY DAUGHTER OF SOUTH SIDE CHICAGO 

She also speaks in personal terms about race.

'As a black woman who has, like the overwhelming majority of people of color in this nation,  done everything in my power to live a life of dignity, and service, and honesty, the knowledge that any of my fellow Americans is more afraid of me than the chaos we are living through right now, well, that hurts,' she said.

The former first lady speaks for 24 minutes in the film, speaking directly to the camera with occasional cutaways

The former first lady speaks for 24 minutes in the film, speaking directly to the camera with occasional cutaways

'Imagine how it feels to wake up every day and do your very best to uphold the values that this country claims to holds dear — truth, honor, decency — only to have those efforts met by scorn, not just by your fellow citizens, but by a sitting president.' 

Obama said the 'one thing this president is really really good at is using fear and confusion and spreading lies to win.'

She concluded with a plea for Americans to 'search your hearts, and your conscience, and then vote for Joe Biden like your lives depend on it.'

She urges undecided voters 'to think about all those folks like me and my ancestors' and consider what it's like 'to walk around your own country scared that someone's unjustified fear of you could put you in harm's way.'

The video came a day after a batch of states closed voter registration – and as yet another national poll showed Biden running up a large lead over the president. 

She blamed Trump for failing to develop a plan to contain the virus, amid daily reports of his own aides and advisors, as well as U.S. senators, contracting COVID-19. 

 'Seven months later, he still doesn't have a plan for this virus,' she said.

 'Seven months later, he still won't wear a mask consistently and encourage others to do the same — even when those simple actions could save countless lives. Instead, he continues to gaslight the American people by acting like this pandemic is not a real threat.'


LAST FEW DAYS ARE REASON TO VOTE SAYS MICHELLE 

She explained the video to her followers on social media, writing: 'The truth is, the events of the past few days are a bracing reminder of the tragedy that has been this administration's response to this crisis. 

'And I'll be very honest: This is a message I'd planned to release earlier, and after everything that's happened, I weighed whether or not to go public at all. But I wanted you all to hear what's been on my mind.'

'Because the fact is that the drama of the past few days has only emphasized what's at stake in this election — from the coronavirus to a constant drumbeat of fear, division, and chaos that's threatening to spiral out of control. 

'There's only one way we can pull ourselves out: By voting for my friend Joe Biden, who's got the heart, the experience, and the character to lead us to better days.'

'So I hope you'll watch, and I hope you'll share this video with everyone you know who might still be deciding how or if they're going to vote. 

'And more than anything, I hope you'll vote for Joe with power, with passion, and with a love of this country that cannot possibly be denied,' she wrote.

ATTACK ON TRUMP FOR TAKING SECRET SERVICE FOR GRANTED 

Obama lashed out at President Donald Trump for putting Secret Service agents and White House residence workers in peril.  

'I understand if the last few days have felt like a whirlwind,' she tweeted Tuesday. 'My heart goes out to everyone touched by this virus - from those in the White House, especially the Secret Service and residence staff whose service to this country ought never be taken for granted, to all those across the country whose names and stories most of us will unfortunately only know as statistics.' 

Obama's comments came after Trump went on a joyride with agents Sunday night, while still hospitalized for the coronavirus at Walter Reed, and then immediately took off his mask Monday evening upon returning to the White House, potentially exposing more staff to the disease. 

The former first lady stuck up for the Secret Service and White House residence staff, telling Trump their 'service ought never be taken for granted'

The former first lady stuck up for the Secret Service and White House residence staff, telling Trump their 'service ought never be taken for granted' 

Obama's post comes after Trump (left) decided to go on a joyride Sunday night outside the Walter Reed Medical Center with Secret Service agents (right) in tow

Obama's post comes after Trump (left) decided to go on a joyride Sunday night outside the Walter Reed Medical Center with Secret Service agents (right) in tow 

The former first lady sent out a series of tweets as she debuted her 'closing statement,' something she had taped before Trump's coronavirus diagnosis. 

'The truth is, the events of the past few days are a bracing reminder of the tragedy that has been this administration’s response to this crisis,' Obama wrote. 'And I’ll be very honest: This is a message I’d planned to release earlier, and after everything that’s happened, I weighed whether or not to go public at all.' 

'But I wanted you all to hear what’s been on my mind,' she continued. 

'Because the fact is that the drama of the past few days has only emphasized what’s at stake in this election - from the coronavirus to a constant drumbeat of fear, division, and chaos that’s threatening to spiral out of control,' Obama said. 

In the former first lady's 26-minute video, Obama spoke a lot about race - blaming Trump for sowing division between white Americans and Americans of color. 

She also, of course, touched on the president's handling of the coronavirus crisis. 

She called it the 'greatest crisis of our lifetimes.'   

And went after Trump for continuing to 'hold massive events without requiring masks or social distancing knowingly exposing his own supporters to a dangerous virus.' 

Throughout the video, Obama urged Americans to vote for Democratic nominee Joe Biden, who served as vice president under her husband, President Barack Obama.   

'Because the fact is that the drama of the past few days has only emphasized what’s at stake in this election - from the coronavirus to a constant drumbeat of fear, division, and chaos that’s threatening to spiral out of control,' Obama tweeted Tuesday.

The president first tested positive for COVID-19 Thursday with the White House confirming he and the first lady's positive test results Friday at 1 a.m. 

Prior to that, Trump participated in two fundraisers at his Bedminster, New Jersey golf resort. On Wednesday he had traveled to Minnesota to campaign, holding a large, not socially distanced rally in Duluth Wednesday night. A day before that he was in Cleveland to debate Democratic nominee Joe Biden. 

The White House has yet to provide to reporters when Trump had his last negative COVID-19 test.   

Among the aides who have tested positive, which include White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, two household staff also did, with The New York Time reporting that they were told to use 'discretion' when discussing it. 

DailyMail.com's inquiry to the Secret Service on coronavirus cases among those detailed to Trump and the White House has gone unreturned.   

Michelle Obama calls Trump 'racist' as she pleads with undecided voters to end 'four years of chaos' and vote for Biden 'like your lives depend on it' in blistering 24-minute video Michelle Obama calls Trump 'racist' as she pleads with undecided voters to end 'four years of chaos' and vote for Biden 'like your lives depend on it' in blistering 24-minute video Reviewed by STATION GOSSIP on 05:21 Rating: 5

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