Michelle Obama says black voters who didn’t vote in 2016 “like a slap in the face”

In her new Netflix documentary about her life “Becoming,” Michelle Obama says she was highly disappointed by blacks that did not vote in the 2016 election.

“It takes some energy to go high, and we were exhausted from it. Because when you are the first black anything…,” Michelle reveals while speaking to a group of schoolchildren. “A lot of our folks didn’t vote. It was almost like a slap in the face.”

“I understand the people who voted for Trump,” she added “The people who didn’t vote at all, the young people, the women, that’s when you think, man, people think this is a game.

Michelle Obama even goes so far as to call blacks that did not vote Democrat her “trauma.”

“Every midterm. Every time Barack didn’t get the Congress he needed, that was because our folks didn’t show up. After all that work, they just couldn’t be bothered to vote at all. That’s my trauma.”


Per The Telegraph, “Becoming” was made by the Obamas’ new production arm, Higher Ground, and has the same name as Mrs Obama’s best-selling 2018 autobiography. Higher Ground’s first film, American Factory, won an Oscar earlier this year.

Mrs Obama, 56, the US’s first black first lady, went on to say that many Americans “reacted with fear” when an African-American family entered the White House.

“When Barack was first elected, various commentators had naively declared that our country was entering a ‘post-racial era’ in which skin color would no longer matter,” she said. “Many were overlooking the racism and tribalism that was tearing our nation apart.”

She also revealed that she is glad to be out of the White House and hinted she has no plans for any political office in the future, despite rumours presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden might ask her to be his running mate.