During a rally in Mobile, Alabama today, President-Elect Donald Trump surprised his audience when he defended First Lady Michelle Obama.
Towards the end of Trump’s event on Saturday, the president-elect brought up Michelle Obama’s recent comment that it does not feel like there is a lot of hope in the country right now. As soon as Trump brought up the first lady, the entire crowd began to boo, clearly aware of what she had said and anticipating some pushback on Trump’s part.
This is when Trump would traditionally begin to attack Michelle Obama, perhaps using some sort of nickname to refer to her. Instead, not only did Trump not attack the first lady, but he actually defended her and said he thinks her comment is being misconstrued and that perhaps she was talking about the past and not the future.
“I honestly believe she meant that statement in a different way than it came out…” Trump said.
The president-elect also stated that he has a good relationship with Barack and Michelle Obama now and that they have been extremely kind to him. Trump has been repeatedly saying at his post-election rallies that he gets along well with the Obamas now, a statement which is met with boos from Trump’s fans who expect the president-elect to attack Obama as he did throughout the campaign.
During a recent interview with Oprah Winfrey, First Lady Michelle Obama reacted to Donald Trump’s victory and seemed to suggest that Hillary Clinton losing represented a loss of hope in America.
“We feel the difference now. See, now we are feeling what not having hope feels like,” Obama said.