Trump lashes out at Michelle Obama over address at Democratic convention

President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump PACs brought in over M for the first half of 2021 Chicago owes Trump M tax refund, state's attorney mounts legal challenge Biden hits resistance from unions on vaccine requirement MORE early Tuesday lashed out at Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama to Simone Biles: 'We are proud of you and we are rooting for you' Obama setting up big bash to celebrate his 60th Poll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary MORE after the former first lady issued a blistering criticism of the incumbent president during remarks at the virtual Democratic National Convention.

“Somebody please explain to @MichelleObama that Donald J. Trump would not be here, in the beautiful White House, if it weren’t for the job done by your husband, Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaMillennial momentum means trouble for the GOP Biden's Cuba problem: Obama made a bet and lost Democrats need a coherent response to attacks on critical race theory MORE,” Trump tweeted early Tuesday morning.

Trump, who did not criticize Michelle Obama directly, went on to call presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Supreme Court and blind partisanship ended the illusion of independent agencies Missed debt ceiling deadline kicks off high-stakes fight Senate infrastructure talks spill over into rare Sunday session MORE an “afterthought” and accused former President Barack Obama of offering a “very late & unenthusiastic endorsement” of his former vice president. Barack Obama endorsed Biden, who served as his vice president for eight years, after it was clear that Biden was the Democratic Party's presumptive nominee.


“My Administration and I built the greatest economy in history, of any country, turned it off, saved millions of lives, and now am building an even greater economy than it was before. Jobs are flowing, NASDAQ is already at a record high, the rest to follow,” Trump continued, defending his administration’s response to the novel coronavirus, which has now killed more than 170,000 Americans and devastated the U.S. economy.

“Sit back & watch!” he added. 

The president went on to claim that the Obama administration's response to the 2009 H1N1 pandemic was viewed as "weak and pathetic." He also asserted that the previous administration was “the most corrupt in history” for “spying” on his 2016 campaign.


Trump and Republicans have long alleged that FBI investigators were corrupt and motivated by bias in targeting his campaign during the Russia investigation. A Justice Department inspector general’s report released last year faulted the FBI in its handling of warrant applications used to surveil a former Trump campaign adviser but found the investigation had an adequate predicate and that its opening was not motivated by bias.

Trump also suggested members of the administration may have committed treason, an allegation legal experts have dismissed.

“Thanks for your very kind words Michelle!” Trump added, mockingly.

In a pre-taped address that aired at the virtual convention Monday evening, Michelle Obama launched a direct rebuke of Trump’s character and record as she urged voters to cast ballots for Biden in the upcoming November election. She described Trump as the "wrong president" for the United States and warned of more difficult times if he is reelected.

“Let me be as honest and clear as I possibly can. Donald Trump is the wrong president for our country. He has had more than enough time to prove that he can do the job, but he is clearly in over his head. He cannot meet this moment. He simply cannot be who we need him to be for us. It is what it is,” the former first lady said.

“If you take one thing from my words tonight, it is this: If you think things cannot possibly get worse, trust me, they can, and they will if we don't make a change in this election. If we have any hope of ending this chaos, we have got to vote for Joe Biden like our lives depend on it,” she continued.


Michelle Obama's remarks capped the first evening of virtual convention events, which also featured speeches from New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoUniversity of Michigan says all students, faculty, staff must be vaccinated by fall term Cuomo signs legislation making baseball the official sport of New York CNN's Cuomo tells restaurant owner: 'You sound like an idiot' for denying service to vaccinated customers MORE (D), former presidential candidate Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden's bipartisan deal faces Senate gauntlet Angst grips America's most liberal city Democrats warn shrinking Biden's spending plan could backfire MORE (I-Vt.) and former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who unsuccessfully ran against Trump for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.

Trump also lambasted Kasich ahead of his speech, calling him a “major loser” in remarks to reporters while flying back to Washington, D.C., from a trip to Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Updated at 8:03 a.m.