Michelle Obama shares what she thinks of women who voted against Hillary

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[7:47]  First Lady Michelle Obama reacts to the monologue by Saturday Night Live comedian Cecily Strong at the 2015 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner
First Lady Michelle Obama reacts to the monologue by Saturday Night Live comedian Cecily Strong at the 2015 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in Washington April 25, 2015. Reuters/Joshua Roberts

Former United States First Lady Michelle Obama has told women who voted against former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton that they “voted against their own voice.” She also said she was hoping for the best for US President Donald Trump’s administration despite her opposition to his candidacy.

The former first lady pondered on the meaning of women looking at Trump and thinking, in her own words, "That guy? He's better than me. His voice is more true to me."

The former FLOTUS participated in a question-and-answer session at Inbound, a marketing and sales conference. She was a keynote speaker at the event that boasted more than 20,000 attendees. Other speakers like tennis legend Billie Jean King and Teen Vogue editor-in-chief Elaine Welteroth were also at the conference. Obama took the stage with feminist writer Roxane Gay. She directed many of her comments to the female audience.

She also shared that her own success happened because she chose to remain true to her “authentic self,” but feels that not everyone does the same. She used the latest president election as an example, ABC News notes.

“As far as I’m concerned, any woman who voted against Hillary Clinton voted against their own voice," Obama said. Her comments echoed those of former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who has said there is "a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other.”

Obama's comments came after announcing that she is working on a book about “believing in our most authentic selves” and discussed her process of writing it. The process, she said, has given her time to stop and go back to her years on Pennsylvania Avenue.

The former first lady campaigned for Clinton during the 2016 election. But she maintained that she wanted Trump to be successful “because we live in this country.” Obama also recognised that Trump is now the commander-in-chief, and that he was voted in.

But she and her husband, former US president Barack Obama, will not be looking at the sitting president as a role model. “Barack is not going to turn into what this President was, which is somebody tweeting in the wind and stirring up mess without really knowing what they’re talking about,” the former first lady told the audience, according to independent.co.uk.

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