Michelle Obama denounced Donald Trump and praised Hillary Clinton in a powerful speech on the opening night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
In her Monday night address, the First Lady took aim at Trump without ever mentioning the candidate by name.
“When someone is cruel or acts like a bully, you don’t stoop to their level. No, our motto is: ‘When they go low, we go high,'” she said to wild applause.
Obama asked voters to consider what their decision in November will mean for the future of their children.
“This election — every election — is about who will have the power to shape our children for the next four or eight years of our lives. And I am here tonight because in this election, there is only one person who I trust with that responsibility — only one person who I believe is truly qualified to be President of the United States. And that is our friend, Hillary Clinton.”
Among her reasons for supporting Clinton for president was the Democratic candidate’s “devotion to the nation’s children,” as well as her strength and perseverance. “Hillary Clinton has never quit on anything in her life,” Obama said.
She spoke to the nation’s progress through the lens of her own family: “Today I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves, and I watch my daughters — two beautiful, intelligent, black, young women — playing with their dogs on the White House lawn.”
She continued, “Because of Hillary Clinton, my daughters, and all our sons and daughters, now take for granted that a woman can be president of the United States.”
In an eloquent dig at Trump, the First Lady also instilled a positive message, “Don’t let anyone ever tell you that this country isn’t great, that somehow we need to make it great again, because this right now is the greatest country on earth.”
Watch Michelle Obama’s full speech below.
After the speech, the president chimed in on Twitter with praise for his wife.
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