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. They set up gallows. They proudly waved the traitorous flag of the Confederacy through the halls. They desecrated the center of American government. — Former first lady Michelle Obama
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. They set up gallows. They proudly waved the traitorous flag of the Confederacy through the halls. They desecrated the center of American government. — Former first lady Michelle Obama
Michelle Obama tears into pro-Trump rioters for carrying out 'the wishes of an infantile and unpatriotic president' who 'can't handle the truth of his own failures'
  • Former first lady Michelle Obama released a searing statement Thursday ripping into President Donald Trump's "violent" supporters for laying siege to the US Capitol on Wednesday.
  • "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," Obama said in a statement.
  • The day was "a fulfillment of the wishes of an infantile and unpatriotic president who can't handle the truth of his own failures," she said.
  • Obama also blamed the Republican Party and the right-wing media apparatus, saying they "gleefully cheered him on, knowing full well the possibility of consequences like these."
"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," Obama said in a statement. "They set up gallows. They proudly waved the traitorous flag of the Confederacy through the halls. They desecrated the center of American government."

Obama went on to say the day was "a fulfillment of the wishes of an infantile and unpatriotic president who can't handle the truth of his own failures. 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."

... Moreover, Obama pointed out in her statement, "once authorities finally gained control of the situation, these rioters and gang members were led out of the building not in handcuffs, but free to carry on with their days."


The former first lady noted the disparity between law enforcement's response to the pro-Trump rioters and its response to Black Lives Matter activists who held largely peaceful demonstrations across the country last year in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd.

"In city after city, day after day, we saw peaceful protestors met with brute force," her statement said. "We saw cracked skulls and mass arrests, law enforcement pepper spraying its way through a peaceful demonstration for a presidential photo op."

"And for those who call others unpatriotic for simply taking a knee in silent protest, for those who wonder why we need to be reminded that Black Lives Matter at all, yesterday made it painfully clear that certain Americans are, in fact, allowed to denigrate the flag and symbols of our nation," she added. "They've just got to look the right way."

... In her statement Thursday, Obama called for "Silicon Valley companies to stop enabling this monstrous behavior — and go even further than they have already by permanently banning this man from their platforms and putting in place policies to prevent their technology from being used by the nation's leaders to fuel iinsurrection."