Michelle Obama’s Misogyny Hypocrisy
First lady feigns disgust at Trump's 11-year-old lewd comments, despite history of promoting rappers as role models
Michelle Obama put on a truly Oscar-worthy performance in New Hampshire Thursday afternoon, criticizing Donald Trump for a decade-old comment and insisting that defeating the GOP candidate is a moral imperative.
“I have to tell you that I can’t stop thinking about this. It has shaken me to my core in a way that I couldn’t have predicted. So while I’d love nothing more than to pretend like this isn’t happening, and to come out here and do my normal campaign speech, it would be dishonest and disingenuous to me to just move on to the next thing like this was all just a bad dream,” Obama said.
Ross had been indicted for assault and kidnapping prior to his invitation, and has a rap sheet as long as Bill Clinton’s record of assaulting women.
“The fact is that in this election, we have a candidate for president of the United States who, over the course of his lifetime and the course of this campaign, has said things about women that are so shocking, so demeaning that I simply will not repeat anything here today,” claimed the first lady.
“Last week, we saw this candidate actually bragging about sexually assaulting women. And I can’t believe that I’m saying that a candidate for president of the United States has bragged about sexually assaulting women,” she continued.
It is just a tad bit difficult to take Michelle Obama’s claim seriously that Trump’s misogyny has shaken her to her core, considering the utterly vile celebrities with whom she gladly and willingly associates — not to mention Bill Clinton.
In 2011, Michelle Obama extended a personal invitation to the White House to the rapper Common. While Common may not be as outspokenly misogynistic as some of his musical peers, he has at least one song that glorifies notorious domestic terrorist and cop-killer Assata Shakur.
"They fabricated cases, hoping one would stick/And said she robbed places that didn't exist/In the midst of threats on her life and being caged with Aryan whites," Common raps in "A Song for Assata." She "had been convicted of a murder she couldn't of done/Medical evidence shown she couldn't have shot the gun," the rapper asserts in the song.
But Common isn't averse to a little bit of old-fashioned misogyny himself, either. "She was a bad (uh), the type at the club n*gg*z would grab her/Fantasized when I had her, in the bathroom sweatin' her a** up," he raps in the song "Go!"
And of course, who could forget about the Obamas' cozy relationship with Jay Z and Beyoncé, who have been guests of the president and first lady on multiple occasions? Jay Z is a former criminal who has written such eloquent song lyrics as: "I got 99 problems and a b***h ain't one" and "Catch a charge I might, beat the box up like Mike/In '97 I bite, I'm Ike Turner, turn up/Baby know I don't play, now eat the cake, Anna Mae."
Meanwhile Beyoncé, when she isn't encouraging blacks to assault police officers, spends the rest of her time prancing about on stage half-naked, singing such lyrical gems as: "First both of my legs go back on your head, and whatever you want, yeah baby, I'm bad" and "I can't wait till I get home so you can turn that cherry out/I want you to turn that cherry out, turn that cherry out."
She also has this particularly timely lyric in her arsenal. "Now my mascara running, red lipstick smudged/Yeah, he's so horny he wants to f***/ He popped all my buttons and he ripped my blouse/He Monica Lewinsky-ed all on my gown/Oh Daddy, Daddy, he didn't bring the towel/Oh baby, baby, we better slow it down."
But hey, women's empowerment or something.
The Obamas have also hosted the rapper Rick Ross. The rapper showed up to the White House in an ankle bracelet that actually went off while Ross was there. Ross had been indicted for assault and kidnapping prior to his invitation, and has a rap sheet as long as Bill Clinton's record of assaulting women.
Speaking of which, in the song "U.O.E.N.O.," the rapper even brags about date-raping a girl. "Put molly all in her champagne/She ain't even know it/I took her home and I enjoyed that/She ain't even know it."
Ross was at the White House in April with a group of other rappers who were invited to discuss the president's "My Brother's Keeper" initiative. Also in attendance was Nicki Minaj, who has sung lines like "Make sure I'm on my toes, on my knees/Keep him pleased, rub him down, be a lady and a freak" and "B***hes better get on they knees."
"What message are our little girls hearing about who they should look like, how they should act?" Obama asked in reference to Trump's comments. She should be asking the same question about the pop stars she and her husband endorse so wholeheartedly.
Of course the media fawned all over Mrs. Obama and her performance. CNN described her as "the Clinton surrogate that could finish off Trump," while Joe Scarborough said Friday morning that Michelle Obama is one of the "best … political speakers" in the country.
But these same media outlets that spend so much time praising the way Obama delivers her words never seem to spend much time at all checking those words for their veracity or sincerity. Michelle Obama has turned the role of the first lady into the role of the First Community Organizer, yet the mainstream media refuse to treat her as the obvious political activist she is. This is, after all, the woman who claims to be "shaken" by Trump yet said Beyoncé "could not be a better role model for my girls."
Time and time again, Michelle Obama has not only shown herself willing to associate with some of the most vile people in the entertainment industry, but actually touted them as role models for America's youth. Throughout their time at the White House, Barack and Michelle Obama have behaved less like heads of state and more like the pop culture celebrities with whom they associate and who they clearly wish to be.
"This is not normal. This is not politics as usual. This is disgraceful. It is intolerable," Michelle Obama claimed of Trump's words. The same can be said for her and her husband's behavior over the last seven years.