During an event at Colorado earlier this week, Michelle Obama spoke about the “struggles” she faced as First Lady. She claims that out of everything, words were what hurt her the most.
Specifically, at an event for the 30th anniversary of the Women’s Foundation of Colorado (WFCO), Michelle Obama spoke to Lauren Casteel, the organization’s President, about her experience as First Lady. During their conversation, which took place in front of roughly 8,500 people at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado, Casteel claimed Obama broke a “metaphorical glass ceiling” by being a black First Lady and asked which of the falling glass shards hurt the most.
“The shards that cut me the deepest were the ones that intended to cut,” replied Obama. To clarify, she brought up several times when people commented on her body or called her an ape. “Knowing that after eight years of working really hard for this country, there are still people who won’t see me for what I am because of my skin color [hurt the most],” she added.
“Women, we endure those cuts in so many ways that we don’t even notice we’re cut,” she continued, noting, “we are living with small tiny cuts, and we are bleeding every single day. And we’re still getting up.” According to Obama, hiding the fact that someone hurt her lets the offender off the hook. Because of this, she refuses to pretend that hateful comments don’t hurt. On top of that, she claimed that owning one’s scars helps encourage young girls who are getting their “first cuts.”
After speaking at length about metaphorically “bleeding every single day” from “small tiny cuts,” Obama told those in attendance not to be afraid of the country they live in. Specifically, she said, “the people in this country are universally good and kind and honest and decent. Don’t be afraid of the country you live in. The folks here are good.” She believes that we will learn from our mistakes and grow together as a country.
Despite Obama’s comments, Melania Trump’s experience as First Lady hasn’t been much different so far. Since taking office, countless insults have been hurled at her. After the White House released Melania’s official portrait, for example, numerous people went to Twitter and criticized her appearance. Most of the attacks focused on her appearance. “I Miss Michelle. This look is so unrealistic to the average woman. Depressing and gross,” tweeted one user.
I Miss Michelle. This look is so unrealistic to the average woman. Depressing and gross.
— Jenifer Green (@ItWorksbyJenni) April 3, 2017
Another user tweeted, “thank goodness for botox and Photoshop.”
In addition to Melania, Ivanka Trump has also experienced a massive amount of hate. While speaking with reporters, she admitted that the vitriol took her by surprise. “there’s a level of viciousness that I was not expecting,” explained Ivanka.
“I was not expecting the intensity of this experience,” she continued, noting, “but this isn’t supposed to be easy. My father and his administration intend to be transformative and we want to do big bold things. We’re looking to change the status quo, so I didn’t expect it was going to be easy. I think some of the distractions and some of the ferocity was I was a little blindsided by on a personal level.”
Even Trump’s son, Baron, was mocked and ridiculed by people on the left. Ken Jennings, the ‘Jeopardy!” champ who holds the longest winning streak for the game show, for instance, tweeted, “Barron Trump saw a very long necktie on a heap of expired deli meat in a dumpster. He thought it was his dad & his little heart is breaking.”
And before that, Katie Rich, a writer for Saturday Night Live, tweeted, “Barron will be this country’s first homeschool shooter,” on Friday during the Trump inauguration celebrations.
Comments like these show that many on the left really only care about those who share their political ideology. If they really believed that insulting people’s appearances was wrong, then they wouldn’t do it against those they disagreed with.