At a campaign-style rally this weekend, former first lady Michelle Obama urged a crowd of people at Chaparral High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, to turn out to vote in the midterms as part of her “When We All Vote” nonprofit venture, multiple outlets including ABC News reported.
“We get the leaders we vote for. We get the policies we vote for.”
“And when we don’t vote,” she also told the crowd on Sunday, “that’s when we wind up with government of, by and for other people.”
Those “other people,” presumably, are voters who favor policies and leaders that are in opposition to those Michelle Obama favors.
“Not voting is like letting your grandma pick your clothes out,” the former first lady added, encouraging attendees to be involved in the election process — or face the consequences of a government that may be out of touch with their desires.
“I am sick of all the chaos and the nastiness of our politics. It’s exhausting and, frankly, it’s depressing So, I understand wanting to shut it all out, and just go on and just try to live your life.”
Obama also referred to her husband’s presidency during the rally, saying, “But we had a great president” after warning attendees that they must vote during the midterms if “we want qualified people we can trust.”
Chants and cheers from the crowd during the rally such as “We need you” were meant to encourage Michelle Obama to herself run for office, as The Washington Times reported.
The Las Vegas rally was a “When We All Vote” registration event for the nonprofit organization co-chaired by the former first lady.
It is part of an ongoing “Week of Action” voter registration push taking place at multiple venues nationwide.
A flagship event for the organization will be held tonight in Nashville, Tennessee, at which country music legend Faith Hill will appear.
A “highest priority” event is also scheduled for the end of the week on Friday at the Watsco Center at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.
Shortly after her nonprofit wraps its “Week of Action,” Michelle Obama will begin her nationwide book tour, starting in her hometown of Chicago, selling her soon-to-be-published memoir, titled “Becoming.”
Nastiness, Who was it to protest as soon as Trump won, the left. Who was it that would not support a Supreme Court nominee before it was announced, the left. Who was it that rigged a primary election that Bernie would of won, the left. So the nastiness, look in the mirror
— Jason Oplinger (@opjason64) September 24, 2018
Yes, we did and it was Ronald Reagan!! Now we have another Ronald Reagan; fearless, committed and working hard for America, unlike that last one, whose name escapes me completely.
— PAF (@capecodsales) September 24, 2018
— Marceita (@Marceita) September 23, 2018
Michele Blood is a Flemington, New Jersey-based freelance writer and a regular contributor to LifeZette.