During a health panel at Klick Health’s MUSE New York, Michelle Obama saw an opportunity to take a swipe at Trump—and she took it.
While speaking about social media, the former First Lady discussed both her relationship with the platform, as well as its dangers, a tacit reference that everyone seemed to acknowledge.
“I still haven’t figured it out because I’m old and I don’t understand most of social media,” Mrs. Obama said.
“I tweet, but I have a committee. I don’t just tweet off the top of my head, which I don’t encourage people to do — especially kids. How many kids do you know that the first thing that comes off the top of their head is the first thing they should express? You know? It’s like, ‘Take a minute. Talk to your crew before you put that [out there] and then spell check and check the grammar.’”
“I think kids do think telling it like it is and talking off the top of your head [is cool],” she continued. “[But] that’s never been good. We weren’t raised like that. That’s rude. That’s what you call rude. But yes, I use social media. But I use it like a grown-up.”
Her final sentence was an obvious reference to Trump, whose uninhibited, haphazard, and inarticulate use of the social media platform has been a source of criticism since before he took office.
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This is, of course, not the first time that Mrs. Obama has referenced Trump’s Twitter habit. While speaking at The Economics of Equality: Advancing Women and Girls to Change the World event in Canada, she said of Twitter, “You need edit and spell check” and suggested it was “never a good thing to say the first thing that comes to your mind.”
Her comments were a welcome return to normalcy amid the endless stream of chaos to which the Trump administration has subjected this country.