2016 election ‘was painful’, Michelle Obama tells Oprah
First lady Michelle Obama tells Oprah Winfrey that this past election was “painful,” but says she and her husband will support President-elect Donald Trump’s ongoing transition to the White House and beyond because it’s “what’s best for the country.”
Obama sat down with Winfrey at the White House for an hour-long special that was broadcast yesterday on CBS.
Michelle Obama was a vocal supporter of Democrat Hillary Clinton during the campaign, one she told Winfrey “was challenging for me as a citizen to watch and experience.” “It was painful,” she added.
The first lady touched on her emotional remarks on the campaign trail following the revelation of Trump’s graphic and predatory comments about women in a 2005 recording. Obama told a New Hampshire crowd in October that Trump’s remarks about grabbing women had shaken her “to the core.”
“A lot of people have been shaken to their core and still are,” she told Winfrey. “They are still feeling the reverberations of that kind of caustic language.”
Still, Obama says she and the president are supporting Trump’s transition because “no matter how we felt going into it, it is important for the health of this nation that we support the commander in chief.”