By Maya Rhodan
September 28, 2016

Michelle Obama did not buy Donald Trump’s declaration—after years of denials and questions—that he believes her husband President Obama was born in the United States.

The First Lady called out Trump’s statement during a rally for Hillary Clinton in Philadelphia on Wednesday, saying it was insincere, among the “hurtful [and] deceitful” questions raised during their time in the White House that she feels were deliberately designed to undermine the presidency of her husband.

Those questions “cannot be blamed on others or swept under the rug by an insincere sentence uttered at a press conference,” she said in a speech at La Salle University.

Obama also implored the audience not to vote for third-party candidates Gary Johnson and Jill Stein, arguing that casting “protest votes” would all but ensure a Trump win. A recent Quinnipiac University poll found that 29% of voters 18-34 would have voted for Gary Johnson and 15% would have voted for Jill Stein if the election were held that day. Thirty -one percent of those voters would have voted for Clinton and 26% would have voted for Trump.

Obama slammed the idea of there being a “perfect candidate” in the 2016 election, saying no such person exists in any race. This one, she said, features two “very different candidates” who will have an impact on the future of the country.

“You could also help swing an entire precinct for Hillary’s opponent with a protest vote or by staying home out of frustration,” she said. “If you vote for someone other than Hillary or you don’t vote at all then you are helping to elect Hillary’s opponent.”

 

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