During her remarks to conclude the first night of the Democratic National Convention on Monday, Aug. 17, former First Lady Michelle Obama praised Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden as “a profoundly decent man” but did not mention his running mate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.).
A Biden campaign official told Fox News that Obama’s speech was recorded before Biden announced that he had picked Harris as his running mate.
Obama said that Biden “was a terrific vice president. He knows what it takes to rescue an economy, beat back a pandemic, and lead our country.”
The former first lady also unloaded on President Donald Trump, claiming that he is “the wrong president for our country” as she urged voters to cast their ballots early, by mail and in person if possible, reported Fox News.
“Whenever we look to this White House for some leadership or consultation or any semblance of steadiness, what we get instead is chaos, division, and a total and utter lack of empathy,” she said.
“He cannot meet this moment. He simply cannot be who we need him to be for us,” she added. “If we have any hope of ending this chaos, we have got to vote for Joe Biden like our lives depend on it.”
Obama’s comments came as a showdown between the president and Democrats is intensifying over funding for the U.S. Postal Service and mail-in voting issue. Democrats claimed that Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has slowed mail delivery in an attempt to rig the presidential election. They are pressing DeJoy to testify before the Congress and urging the FBI to open a criminal inquiry into his actions.
Former President Barack Obama last week accused President Trump of trying to “actively kneecap” and “starve” the postal service, according to CNN.
“What we’ve seen in a way that is unique to modern political history is a president who is explicit in trying to discourage people from voting,” Obama said. “What we’ve never seen before is a president say, ‘I’m going to try to actively kneecap the postal service to encourage voting and I will be explicit about the reason I’m doing it.'”
“That’s sort of unheard of,” he added.
President Trump has been critical of mail-in voting because of fraud. He opposed a proposal by the postal service’s board of governors that calls for $25 billion in funding for the service while Democrats are backing it.
“The U.S. Post Office (System) has been failing for many decades. We simply want to MAKE THE POST OFFICE GREAT AGAIN, while at the same time saving billions of dollars a year for American Taxpayers. Dems don’t have a clue!” the president tweeted Monday.
The U.S. Post Office (System) has been failing for many decades. We simply want to MAKE THE POST OFFICE GREAT AGAIN, while at the same time saving billions of dollars a year for American Taxpayers. Dems don’t have a clue! @USPostOffice911
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2020
President Trump criticized the former first lady for pre-recording her remarks, saying that he will be delivering his Republican National Convention speech “live from the White House” next Thursday.