Former first lady Michelle Obama took part in a featured public question and answer session today at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center for an event called “Inbound,” which aims to inspire, educate, and develop connections people need to grow and transform their business. She was greeted with immense applause and received even more when she called out women who voted for Trump.
Michelle strongly criticized women who voted for President Trump, saying they “voted against their own voice.” She explained her rationale and said, “We look at those two candidates, as women, and many of us said, ‘He’s better for me. His voice is more true to me.’ To me that just says, you don’t like your voice. You like the thing you’re told to like.” You can see and hear Michelle make these comments in the clip below, where she received a round of applause.
Michelle offered up a lot of great advice for anyone willing to listen. She also expanded on why she feels that women who voted for Trump voted against themselves, explaining that our society silences a lot of women’s inner voices.
Michelle makes some fair points here, along with some great ones. Trump is certainly misogynistic, so her argument certainly carries some strong evidence with it. I do think people need to avoid over generalizing others though, as it alienates any chance of working together.
Not every woman who voted for Trump did so because they were told to, “like the thing you’re told to like.” We have to understand that many people who hold different views than us simply arrive at different conclusions sometimes. We shouldn’t characterize them as being helpless and without the capacity to decide for themselves. Many women consciously decided to vote for Trump, so their responsibility for his election should not be excused.
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