Trump lashes out at Michelle Obama over address at Democratic convention

President TrumpDonald John TrumpVenezuela judge orders prison time for 6 American oil executives Trump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation MORE early Tuesday lashed out at Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaObama: 'Hopeless' to try to sell as many books as Michelle Obama sold record-breaking 1.7 million copies of memoir in first week Media and Hollywood should stop their marching-to-Georgia talk 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 ObamaObama: Republican Party members believe 'white males are victims' Texas warehouse where migrants housed in 'cages' closed for humane renovation North Carolina — still purple but up for grabs MORE,” Trump tweeted early Tuesday morning.

Trump, who did not criticize Michelle Obama directly, went on to call presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation US records 2,300 COVID-19 deaths as pandemic rises with holidays 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 CuomoCardinal Dolan hails Supreme Court decision on churches, COVID-19 Cuomo blames new conservative majority for High Court's COVID-19 decision Vaccine skepticism emerges as early test for Biden MORE (D), former presidential candidate Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation Clyburn: Biden falling short on naming Black figures to top posts Prepare for buyers' remorse when Biden/Harris nationalize health care 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.