Our magnificent First Lady brought the fire to Phoenix today!
First lady Michelle Obama on Thursday pilloried GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump for declaring he may not accept the results of November’s election if he loses. In the process, she delivered yet another powerful argument in favor of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, cementing her status as one of Clinton’s most effective advocates on the campaign trail.Well that's it...I'm calling it now: Hillary Clinton is going to win Arizona!
“You do not keep American democracy ‘in suspense,’ because look, too many people have marched and protested, and fought and died for this democracy,” Obama said, referring to Trump’s astonishing statement from Wednesday night’s debate, when he refused to say definitively whether he would accept the election results.
The first lady was campaigning in Phoenix, where in recent weeks Clinton has narrowed Trump’s lead and turned the traditionally Republican state into a tossup.
Obama said Trump’s statement represented a threat to “the very idea of America itself,” and argued that his repeated claims that the election is “rigged” was an effort by his campaign to stoke voter apathy and keep voters away from the polls.
“For the record, our democracy is revered around the world, and free elections are the best way on Earth to choose our leaders. This is how we elected John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, two George Bushes and Barack Obama. It has worked for decades,” she said. “We are fortunate, and I have traveled the world, we are fortunate to live in a country where the voters decide our elections, where the voters decide who wins or loses. Period. End of story. And when a presidential candidate threatens to ignore our voices and reject the outcome of the election, he is threatening the very idea of America itself.”
Watch the full speech above.