Donald Trump, after a night of jabs at opponent Hillary Clinton, took a few shots at First Lady Michelle Obama at a rally Friday in North Carolina.
The GOP candidate told his audience “all she wants to do is campaign.” He took it farther by accusing her of attacking Hillary Clinton during the 2008 primaries.
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Trump’s criticism of the FLOTUS didn’t stop with just one comment, though. He also mentioned that she insinuated that the Clintons have a broken home. “But wasn’t she the one that originally started the statement, if you can’t take care of your home — right? — you can’t take care of the White House or the country,” Trump said.
He was citing a 2007 speech she made in Chicago where the First Lady said: “if you can’t run your own house, you can’t run the White House.” But both President Obama and Michelle have denied they were speaking about the Clintons. At a campaign event soon after, she gave context to her comment.
“So our view was that, if you can’t run your own house, you certainly can’t run the White House. So, so we’ve adjusted our schedules to make sure that our girls are first,” she said.
Trump’s comments came a day after the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation dinner in New York. The evening known for political laughs and bawdy campaign humor between the two current presidential candidates, quickly turned into an uncomfortable experience.
Al Smith V, whose family hosts the dinner told CNN that, “Donald had some very solid minutes early on and eventually he crossed the line and took it a little too far. Hillary, on the other hand, was able to laugh at herself and at the same time not underplay any of the serious things Donald Trump has said or done.”
The night turned sour after Trump made accusations that Hillary isn’t too fond of Catholics. Trump said, “That’s OK, I don’t know who they’re angry at, Hillary, you or I. For example, here she is tonight, in public, pretending not to hate Catholics.” Smith noted that the joke drastically changed the tone of the room.
No response has yet come forward from the Office of the First Lady or the White House on Trumps remarks in North Carolina.