Michelle O gives an astonishing closing argument for the Biden-Harris ticket in this video that the campaign just dropped. She begins with a continuation of the “Trump’s not up to the job” theme she rolled out so effectively at the DNC but gets even more real about who needs to get off their asses and band together with Democrats to get rid of Trump:
It must have been cut before Trump was diagnosed with COVID-19. But Michelle O didn’t have to go back and re-do the parts about Trump’s idiotic and destructive aversion to masks, politicization of the pandemic, etc., since Trump is incapable of course correction and is doubling down on that this very day.
Michelle O speaks directly to white Rust Belt and rural voters at around the 12:30 mark, talking about how Trump uses white folks’ frustration with being accused of benefiting from a racist system and calls Trump out for using that resentment to divide people for his own ends. She emphasizes that Trump is just using them. She expresses empathy for pissed off downscale whites and asks for it in return for people who look like her, asking them to consider their perspective and not fall for Trump’s divisive tactics.
“We can no longer pretend we don’t know exactly who and what this president stands for. Search your hearts and your conscience. And then vote for Joe Biden like your lives depend on it.”
She talks about the peril of this moment and the necessity of taking action to stop the country from “spiraling out of control.” She acknowledges people’s frustration with lack of progress, and she speaks directly to young people who are disillusioned and may be thinking of not voting, making the case that no progress at all is possible with the corrupt lunatic Trump at the helm. I’m paraphrasing, but she makes this argument explicitly.
Anyhoo, it’s remarkable to see a first lady speaking so frankly about her husband’s successor being a mortal threat to the nation, and that’s what make it so compelling. Unlike a common Beltway hack, Michelle O recognizes the danger and adjusts her reaction and response accordingly. I don’t know what audience a 25-minute pitch will reach, but dog bless her for doing it.