Former First Lady Michelle Obama has shared her feelings on the coup at the Capitol. In a powerful new statement released on Instagram, she noted that hours after learning the hopeful news that Georgia elected its first Black senator, Rev. Raphael Warnock, her "heart had fallen faster than I can remember" as chaos unfolded in Washington, D.C.
"Like all of you, I watched as a gang—organized, violent, and mad they'd lost an election—laid siege to the United States Capitol," she wrote. "They set up gallows. They proudly waved the traitorous flag of the Confederacy through the halls. They desecrated the center of the American government."
She held President Trump accountable for inciting their actions, as over the past two months, the incumbent has encouraged his supporters to challenge the results of the presidential election, which he lost. "The day was a fulfillment of wishes on an infantile and unpatriotic president who can't handle the truth of his own failures," Obama added. "And the wreckage lays at the feet of a party and media apparatus that gleefully cheered him on, knowing full well the possibility of consequences like these."
Like all of you, I’ve been feeling so many emotions since yesterday. I tried to put my thoughts down here: pic.twitter.com/9xzRvrpk7y
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) January 7, 2021
The former first lady then called out the blatant differences in how law enforcement treated "these rioters and gang members" versus how they behaved towards Black Lives Matter demonstrators protesting police brutality and systemic racism.
Seeing that double standard "is so painful. It hurts," Obama wrote. "And I cannot think about moving on or turning the page until we reckon with the reality of what we saw yesterday. True progress will be possible only once we acknowledge that this disconnect exists and take steps to repair it." That includes coming to terms with the fact that in the 2020 election, over 74 million people still voted for Trump, "a man so obviously willing to burn our democracy down for his own ego," she said.
"I hurt for our country," the former FLOTUS continued, but used the moment to call for change. She urged for "true patriotism," for tech companies to stop enabling the spread of Trump's "monstrous behavior," and for leaders who helped incite yesterday's violence to face "serious consequences."
"Thankfully, even in darkness, there are glimmers of hope," she added, noting the victories of Georgia's Reverend Warnock and Jon Ossoff, President-Elect Joe Biden, and Vice-President-Elect Kamala Harris. "But make no mistake: The work of putting America back together, of truly repairing what is broken, isn't the work of any individual politician or political party. It's up to each of us to do our part."
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