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Michelle Obama defends Black Lives Matter, says black people live in fear

Former first lady Michelle Obama defended Black Lives Matter by explaining that she and other black people live in fear while doing everyday tasks.

She made the comments to Gayle King of CBS News in an interview to be aired on Monday.

“We know that while we’re all breathing a sigh of relief over the verdict, there’s still work to be done,” said Obama.

“Many of us still live in fear as we go to the grocery store, or worry about our — walking our dogs, or allowing our children to get a license,” she said.

She went on to specifically talk about her worries related to her two daughters, Sasha and Malia, who are 19 and 22 years old, respectively.

“Every time they get in a car by themselves, I worry about what assumption is being made by somebody who doesn’t know everything about them,” Obama explained.

“The fact that they are good students and polite girls,” she added. “But maybe they’re playin’ their music a little loud. Maybe somebody sees the back of their head and makes an assumption.”

She also said that many of the protesters don’t want to be out demonstrating but feel that it is necessary.

“All those Black Lives Matter kids, they’d rather not have to worry about this, they’re takin’ to the streets because they have to,” she continued.

“They’re tryin’ to have people understand that — that we’re real folks,” Obama said. “And the fear that many have of so many of us is irrational. And it’s based on a history that is just — it’s sad, and it’s dark. And it’s time for us to move beyond that.”

Black Lives Matter has released updated demands on Tuesday that include the permanent suspension of former President Donald Trump from running for any future political office, and also from all social media platforms.

In August the former first lady has also blamed Trump in part for depression she suffered in the last months of his first term.

Here’s more about Obama’s comments:

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Michelle Obama calls for national unity by attacking Trump voters for ‘supporting lies, hate, chaos, and division’

Democrats were beyond thrilled Saturday when media outlets declared former Vice President Joe Biden the winner of the 2020 presidential election.

The left did not just celebrate the Biden victory. They were all about celebrating the reported defeat of Present Donald Trump — and his supporters. America saw lawmakers, Democrats, and other left-wingers call for the creation of a “list” of “Trump sycophants” in order to “shame them” and keep them out of “‘polite’ society.” Unsurprisingly, Biden backers attacked effigies of President Trump in massive (not socially distanced) rallies around the nation.

On Saturday, former first lady Michelle Obama threw fuel on the fire with a tweet ripping the more than 71 million people who voted for Trump in 2020.

What did she say?

Shortly after Biden was declared president-elect by the media, Obama posted a Twitter thread praising the apparent victor, praising Biden voters, and, naturally, ripping President Trump by lauding the coming return of “dignity, competence, and heart” to the Oval Office.

“I’m beyond thrilled that my friend @JoeBiden and our first Black and Indian-American woman Vice President, @KamalaHarris, are headed to restore some dignity, competence, and heart at the White House,” she wrote. “Our country sorely needs it.”

“Thank you to all of you who poured every ounce of your hope and determination into this democracy over these past four years, registering voters, getting them to the polls, keeping folks informed,” Obama continued. “More votes were cast in this election than ever before. It’s because of you.”

And then she launched into a call for unity — by intimating that Trump supporters are pro-lies, pro-hate, pro-chaos, and pro-division.

Noting that this Biden victory is just the first step in the liberal progressive agenda, she told her liberal followers that there’s still much more work to do.

“And after we celebrate — and we should all take a moment to exhale after everything we’ve been through — let’s remember that this is just a beginning,” Obama said. “It’s a first step. Voting in one election isn’t a magic wand, and neither is winning one.”

“Let’s remember that tens of millions of people voted for the status quo, even when it meant supporting lies, hate, chaos, and division,” she cautioned. “We’ve got a lot of work to do to reach out to these folks in the years ahead and connect with them on what unites us.”

She did not detail how her supposedly peace-loving fellow Democrats are supposed to unify with allegedly hateful, divisive and lying chaos creators.

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Michelle Obama slams Trump as ‘racist’, defends BLM, advocates for Joe Biden in ‘closing argument’

Former first lady Michelle Obama blasted President Donald Trump’s policies as “racist” and beneficial to the rich and powerful in a campaign video making her “closing argument” for Democratic nominee Joe Biden 28 days from the presidential election in November.

In a 24-minute speech published on YouTube, the former first lady adopted talking points lifted from progressive election strategists who urged Democrats to link “racism and class conflict” in the left’s appeal to voters.

“Right now, our country is in chaos because of a president who isn’t up to the job,” Obama said.

Writing in the New York Times last month, progressive researchers Ian Haney López, a law professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and Tory Gavito, founder of the left-wing Texas Future Project, called on Democrats to adjust their message to reach Hispanics and other voter groups the Biden campaign is struggling to consolidate support from.

“Democrats should call for Americans to unite against the strategic racism of powerful elites who stoke division and then run the country for their own benefit,” López and Gavito wrote. “This is not to deny the reality of pervasive societal racism. But it does direct attention away from whites in general and toward the powerful elites who benefit from divide-and-conquer politics.”

They proposed Democrats adopt a message like this:

We had come so far, but now Covid-19 threatens our families — for instance with health risks, record unemployment and losing the businesses we worked hard to build. To overcome these challenges, we need to pull together no matter our race or ethnicity. But instead of uniting us, certain politicians make divisions worse, insulting and blaming different groups. When they divide us, they can more easily rig our government and the economy for their wealthy campaign donors. When we come together by rejecting racism against anyone, we can elect new leaders who support proven solutions that help all working families.

That is exactly the message Obama used in her speech.

“Let’s be very real, America is divided right now, and a lot of people are being sold lies from those who want to get rich or stay in power, or sometimes both,” she said. “We must all empathize with those who might not look like us or vote like us. We have got to put ourselves in one another’s shoes.”

“Think about it,” she continued. “You’ve worked hard all your life and for too long you’ve watched the rich get richer. You’ve lost your farms and your livelihoods to corporate greed, you’ve seen your beloved towns shattered by joblessness, you’ve watched families destroyed by drug addiction and mental health challenges. All of this, long before this virus hit. And it is frustrating to hear some folks say that you’ve been the beneficiary of privilege, that the color of the skin gives you a head start. That is the reality for far too many hard-working decent Americans.

“But right now, the president and his allies are trying to tap into that frustration and distract from his breathtaking failures by giving folks someone to blame other than them,” she said.

Obama defended Black Lives Matter protests and said “the president and his allies” are “stoking fears about black and brown Americans, lying about how minorities will destroy the suburbs, whipping up violence and intimidation — and they’re pinning it all on what’s been an overwhelmingly peaceful movement for racial solidarity.”

Obama claimed “only a tiny fraction of demonstrations had any violence at all” and labels the president’s calls for law and order in U.S. cities beset by civil unrest “racist.”

She accused Trump of failing to take the coronavirus pandemic seriously, appealing to U.S. parents who are concerned for their children’s safety as schools reopen.

“If you’re a parent like me, you’re feeling the consequences of this president’s failure to take this pandemic seriously — from his constant downplaying of the importance of masks and social distancing to his relentless pressure on schools to open without offering a clear plan or meaningful support to keep students and teachers safe,” Obama said.

She said Trump, with all the resources of the United States government, failed to provide a plan to ensure Americans were tested for coronavirus and health care workers received the medical equipment they needed to handle a surge of sick patients. She said the president lied to the American people about the severity of the virus and attempted to “gaslight the American people by acting like this pandemic is not a real threat.”

Obama attacked Trump for allegedly calling U.S. military war dead “losers” and “suckers,” comments Trump denies making that were divulged to the press by anonymous sources. She also criticized the president and Republicans in Congress for failing to deliver additional stimulus aid to Americans facing economic hardship caused by the pandemic.

Former Vice President Joe Biden “has the character and the experience to put an end to this chaos, start solving these problems, and help lighten the load for families across the country,” Obama said.

Obama made several appeals to race in her speech, asking undecided voters for “empathy.”

“As a black woman, who has like the overwhelming majority of people of color in this nation done everything in my power to live a life of dignity and service and honesty, the knowledge that any of my fellow Americans is more afraid of me than the chaos we are living through right now — well that hurts. It hurts us all. It is a heaviness that sits on our hearts,” Obama said.

So I want to appeal for some empathy here too. I want everyone who is still undecided to think about all those folks like me and my ancestors. The moms and dads who worked their fingers to the bone to raise their kids right. The teenagers who wear hoodies while working hard to get their diplomas. The millions of folks who look like me and fought and died and toiled as slaves and soldiers and laborers to help build this country. Put yourselves in our shoes for just a moment. Imagine how it feels to wake up every day and do your very best to uphold the values that this country claims to hold dear — truth, honor, decency — only to have those efforts met by scorn not just by your fellow citizens but by a sitting president. Imagine how it feels to have suspicion cast on you from the day you were born simply because of the hue of your skin. To walk around your own country scared that someone’s unjustified fear of you could put you in harm’s way, terrified of what four more years of this kind of division might mean for the safety of you and those you love. Living with the knowledge that no matter how hard we try, how much good we do in the world, there will be far too many who will never see our humanity, who will project on us their own fears of retribution for centuries of injustice and thus only see us as a threat to be restrained, and we know what happens next. A racial slur from a passing car. A job promotion that never comes. A routine traffic stop gone wrong. Maybe a knee to the neck.

“Racism. Fear. Division. These are powerful weapons. And they can destroy this nation if we don’t deal with them head-on,” Obama said.

“Search your hearts, and your conscience, and then vote for Joe Biden like your lives depend on it.”

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Ric Grenell gives scorching response to Michelle Obama’s claim that black women are ‘invisible’ to white Americans

Former acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell offered a counter argument Monday to former first lady Michelle Obama’s assertion that black women like her are “invisible” to white Americans — and he invoked her husband to make his point.

What are the details?

The New York Post reported last week that Mrs. Obama claimed on her podcast that black women are “invisible” to white people in the U.S., recounting a story where a white woman cut in front of her and her daughters when they were in line for ice cream without their Secret Service detail.

In response to the Post’s story on Twitter, Grenell noted, “. @realDonaldTrump saw Alice Johnson. @BarackObama didn’t see Alice Johnson.”

Alice Johnson — who is black — served over 21 years of a life sentence for a nonviolent drug offense before President Donald Trump commuted her sentenced two years ago. Just days ago, President Trump granted her a full pardon.

Johnson, now 65, was denied clemency by President Barack Obama three times.

Grenell, who is the first openly gay person to serve in the cabinet of a U.S. president, has been an ardent defender of President Trump, and has especially been a thorn in the side of the media and other critics of the administration on social media. Grenell and Johnson spoke at the Republican National Convention last week.

Anything else?

Johnson has used her platform to serve as an advocate for further criminal justice reform and has praised President Trump for not only freeing her from prison, but for signing the First Step Act legislation into law.

Last week, she was reportedly one of the people harassed by rioters outside the White House after leaving the convention.

According to an exclusive report by The Daily Caller, two sources told the outlet that Johnson disclosed to a group of journalists and other public figures on a call over the weekend that “as [Johnson] left the White House, she was accosted by a group of demonstrators who yelled things at her that she had never heard before.”

One source added that “Johnson also told the group that the demonstrators told her they wanted to do ‘terrible things’ to her.”

A number of guests were seen on video being accosted leaving the RNC on its final night, including Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who was harassed and physically threatened along with his wife, Kelly. The perpetrators repeatedly urged the senator to say the name of Breonna Taylor.

Sen. Paul — a longtime advocate of criminal justice reform — introduced the Breonna Taylor Act earlier this year, calling for an end to no-knock warrants.

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Michelle Obama says white America views black women like her as ‘invisible’

Former first lady Michelle Obama said on her podcast Thursday that white America views black people as invisible — unless they’re seeing those black people as a threat, according to the New York Post.

Obama recalled times when she was in public and treated with disrespect because when she wasn’t surrounded by Secret Service, white people didn’t pay her any attention.

“We were stopping to get ice cream, and I had told the Secret Service to stand back because we were trying to be normal, trying to go in,” Obama said. “When I’m just a black woman, I notice that white people don’t even see me. … I’m standing there with two little black girls, another black female adult, they’re in soccer uniforms. And a white woman cuts right in front of us to order. Like, she didn’t even see us.

“All she saw was a black person, or a group of black people, or maybe she didn’t even see that,” Obama concluded. “Because we were that invisible.”

Obama also said that white people don’t understand how black people feel being dismissed or viewed with hostility by the white people around them. From excerpts courtesy of the Post:

“When I’ve been completely incognito, during the eight years in the White House, walking the dogs on the canal, people will come up and pet my dogs, but will not look me in the eye. They don’t know it’s me,” the former first lady said in “The Michelle Obama Podcast.”

“What white folks don’t understand, it’s like that is so telling of how white America views people who are not like them. You know, we don’t exist. And when we do exist, we exist as a threat. And that, that’s exhausting,” Obama continued.

“What the white community doesn’t understand about being a person of color in this nation is that there are daily slights, in our workplaces where people talk over you, or people don’t even see you,” she said in the episode, which also featured pals Danielle Pemberton-Heard, Kelly Dibble and Dr. Sharon Malone.

The former first lady has become arguably more popular since leaving the White House than she was while Barack Obama was president. Her book, “Becoming,” has sold more than 10 million copies, and she has the top-ranked podcast on Spotify.

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Associated Press hits Michelle Obama with hard fact-check on immigration talking point: Peddling a ‘persistently distorted’ narrative parroted by Democrats

The Associated Press took former first lady Michelle Obama to task over her Monday night remarks at the Democratic National Convention insisting that the Trump administration caged children at the U.S. southern border.

What are the details?

Obama, who appeared as a speaker for the first night of the DNC, insisted that President Donald Trump and his administration used “cages” to house migrant children at the U.S. southern border.

During her dramatic speech, Obama lamented the fact that devastated Americans were forced to “watch in horror as children are torn from their families and thrown into cages.”

The former first lady, however, did not make mention of the fact that her husband, former President Barack Obama, used the same facilities for the same purpose during his administration.

The AP said that her claim was misleading at best, insisting that the former first lady made a distorted comparison.

“Michelle Obama assailed President Donald Trump on Monday for ripping migrant children from their parents and throwing them into cages, picking up on a frequent and distorted point made widely by Democrats,” the AP reported on Monday night.

The write-up continued, “She’s right that Trump’s now-suspended policy at the U.S.-Mexico border separated thousands of children from their families in ways that had not been done before. But what she did not say is that the very same ‘cages’ were built and used in her husband’s administration, for the same purposes of holding migrant kids temporarily.”

The AP added that Obama’s continued “reference to cages” is “misleading” and a “persistently distorted” narrative parroted by Democrats since 2016.

“Trump used facilities that were built during the Obama-Biden administration to house children at the border. They are chain-link enclosures inside border facilities where migrants were temporarily housed, separated by sex and age,” the AP report added.

The news organization took its fact-checking a step further, pointing out that viral photos of the children in detention camps that Democrats circulated to pillory Trump over his zero-tolerance policy at the border were actually taken in 2014.

The photos, according to the report, “depicted some of the thousands of unaccompanied children held by President Barack Obama.”

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President Trump fires back at Michelle Obama with cold hard truth over DNC speech attacks

President Donald Trump fired back at Michelle Obama on Tuesday after the former first lady launched a broadside against him during the first night of the Democratic National Convention.

What did Obama say?

In a lengthy speech, Obama invoked “going high” — but proceeded to bash Trump and blame him for all of the problems facing America. Obama called it the “cold hard truth.”

“So let me be as honest and clear as I possibly can. Donald Trump is the wrong president for our country. He has had more than enough time to prove that he can do the job, but he is clearly in over his head. He cannot meet this moment. He simply cannot be who we need him to be for us. It is what it is,” she said.

In sum, Obama blamed Trump for the economic peril facing America due to the coronavirus and claimed the Trump White House represents “chaos, division, and a total and utter lack of empathy.”

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How did Trump respond?

Writing on Twitter, Trump hit back at the idea that the Obama presidency was a period of flourishing for America — which Michelle insinuated — and plainly explained that he is only president because, in the 2016 election, Americans were responding to the eight years of Obama’s presidency.

“Somebody please explain to @MichelleObama that Donald J. Trump would not be here, in the beautiful White House, if it weren’t for the job done by your husband, Barack Obama. Biden was merely an afterthought, a good reason for that very late & unenthusiastic endorsement,” Trump said.

He added, “My Administration and I built the greatest economy in history, of any country, turned it off, saved millions of lives, and now am building an even greater economy than it was before. Jobs are flowing, NASDAQ is already at a record high, the rest to follow. Sit back & watch!”

Indeed, Trump’s election was likely a reaction to the Obama years, and Trump himself often cites the “silent majority” — those Americans whom the powerful and elite ignore — as having helped elect him.

In fact, Obama reportedly saw Trump’s election as a personal insult, that despite every accomplishment he thought happened under his watch, Americans still chose Trump over his appointed Democratic successor, Hillary Clinton.

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Michelle Obama defends civility in DNC speech — then attacks President Trump

Former first lady Michelle Obama reiterated her support of “going high” in political debates during her speech for the virtual Democratic National Convention, and then attacked President Donald Trump.

“When others are going so low, does going high still really work?” Obama asked, referring to her famous motto from a previous DNC speech.

“My answer? Going high is the only thing that works. Because when we go low, when we use those same tactics of degrading and dehumanizing others, we just become part of the ugly noise that’s drowning out everything else,” she added.

“We degrade ourselves, we degrade the very causes for which we fight,” Obama continued.

“But let’s be clear. Going high does not mean putting on a smile and saying nice things when confronted by viciousness and cruelty,” she added. “Going high means taking the harder path.”

‘It is what it is’

Obama went on to attack Trump and his policies during her speech, and claimed that the president was in over his head.

“Let me be as honest and clear as I possibly can,” she said.

“Donald Trump is the wrong president for our country. He has had more than enough time to prove that he can do the job, but he is clearly in over his head. He cannot meet this moment,” Obama continued. “He simply cannot be who we need him to be for us. It is what it is.”

‘This is not who we want to be’

Earlier in the speech, she accused the president of having no empathy while recounting what American children see in the country under his leadership.

“They see our leaders labeling our fellow citizens enemies of the state while emboldening torch-bearing white supremacists. They watch in horror as children are torn from their families and thrown into cages, and pepper spray and rubber bullets are used on peaceful protesters for a photo op,” Obama said.

She went on to call the lack of empathy infuriating.

“When we close out the noise and the fear and truly open our hearts, we know that what’s going on in this country is just not right. This is not who we want to be,” she said.

Some news pundits went wild for Obama’s speech. On ABC News, George Stephanopoulos said that it was like a “sermon on empathy” but also praised her for taking a “sledgehammer” to the president.

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Michelle Obama blames President Trump for contributing to her ‘low-grade depression’

Former first lady Michelle Obama announced that she is suffering from depression, adding that President Donald Trump is one of the contributing factors.

Obama started her own podcast in late July, and the first episode featured her husband, Barack Obama. In the second episode of “The Michelle Obama Podcast,” the former first lady admitted that she is currently dealing with “low-grade depression” brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, racial injustice, and the “hypocrisy” of the Trump administration.

“I’m waking up in the middle of the night because I’m worrying about something or there’s a heaviness,” Obama said Wednesday. “These are not, they are not fulfilling times, spiritually. I know that I am dealing with some form of low-grade depression.

“Not just because of the quarantine, but because of the racial strife, and just seeing this administration, watching the hypocrisy of it, day in and day out, is dispiriting,” Obama said during her interview with former Washington Post opinion columnist and NPR host Michele Norris.

“‘I’d be remiss to say that part of this depression is also a result of what we’re seeing in terms of the protests, the continued racial unrest, that has plagued this country since its birth,” she said.

“I have to say that waking up to the news, waking up to how this administration has or has not responded, waking up to yet another story of a black man or a black person somehow being dehumanized or hurt or killed or falsely accused of something, it is exhausting,” Obama said on her eponymous podcast. “And it has led to a weight that I haven’t felt in my life in a while.

“I’ve gone through those emotional highs and lows that I think everybody feels, where you just don’t feel yourself,” she said.

Obama, 56, added that there have been “periods throughout this quarantine, where I just have felt too low” to work out.

People magazine reported, “Obama said she has ‘had to give myself … those days, those moments’ where she accepts that she’s not feeling normal and takes a break from what she’s doing — whether that means shutting off her phone and taking a moment to sit in silence by herself, or spending time with her husband, former President Barack Obama, and their two college-age daughters, Malia and Sasha.”

In April, the former first lady urged Washington, D.C., residents to stay home, “except for essential trips for food, medicine or exercise.” Two days before the message was posted on social media, her husband was seen golfing at a Virginia golf course 40 miles from his home.

Also during this week’s podcast, Obama attempted to understand why anyone would oppose Black Lives Matter.

“I mean, it’s easy for us, as people of color, to demonize folks who are out there protesting against Black Lives Matter. They’re not right in their positions, but their fears are coming from somewhere,” she said. “Because folks aren’t just crazy. You know, folks are out there trying to work and trying to keep it together, and when you can’t do it, and when things feel stacked against you, as many of the people who are afraid are, then you lash out.”

A Black Lives Matter founder previously admitted that the organization’s creators are “trained Marxists.” The Black Lives Matter organization revealed that one of its goals is to “get Trump out.” BLM openly calls for a restructuring of the family, declaring that the nuclear family is a “capitalist invention.”

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has said that he would select Michelle Obama as his vice president “in a heartbeat.”

However, Obama has been consistent in saying that she does not want to run for political office.

At the South by Southwest festival in March 2016, she stated, “I will not run for president. No, nope, not going to do it.”

She added that her children have “handled it (the presidency) with grace and with poise, but enough is enough.”

Obama appeared on the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” show in February 2018, where she was asked if she was ever asked to run for political office.

“All the time. But I’ve never had any serious conversations with anyone about it because it’s not something I’m interested in or would ever do,” she replied. “Ever.”

Despite saying that she doesn’t want to be a political leader, supporters of the Committee to Draft Michelle Obama for VP wrote an open letter to Biden on Tuesday, urging him to pick her as his running mate.

“As a candidate, she has the power not only to assure victory over Donald Trump but to unite a bitterly divided nation and continue her life’s tireless work for the American people. As a leader, her stature and preexisting rapport with heads of state are unparalleled,” the letter said.

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Barack Obama spotted playing golf two days before Michelle Obama urged fellow DC residents to ‘stay home’ except for ‘essential’ reasons

Former President Barack Obama was spotted hitting the links at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville, Virginia, Saturday afternoon, according to Politico Playbook.

He and former first lady Michelle Obama still live in Washington, D.C. — and the city has urged residents to “stay home except if you need essential healthcare, essential food, essential supplies” or to “go to your essential job.”

What’s more, just two days after her husband’s golf outing, Michelle Obama’s public service message to fellow D.C. residents urging the same stay-at-home plea was aired:

“Remember, we urge you to stay home except if you need essential healthcare, essential food or supplies, or to go to your essential job,” she said in an audio message posted to Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Twitter page Monday. “Thank you, and please stay home, D.C.”

Is it possible that traveling 40 miles from the nation’s capital to swing your 9-iron rises to the level of “essential”?

Pattern here?

The Obamas aren’t the only ones living by an apparent double standard amid the coronavirus lockdown.

As TheBlaze has previously reported, Chicago’s far-left Mayor Lori Lightfoot got testy last month after she was called out for her private audience with a hairdresser — a no-no under her strict mandate for fellow Chicago residents.

Her reason? “I’m the public face of this city. I’m on national media, and I’m out in the public eye,” she replied gruffly to a reporter.

And New York City’s far-left Mayor Bill de Blasio appears to be a veteran at this. He and his wife were caught on video over the weekend by an angry New Yorker who accused the couple of “selfish behavior” for allegedly making a nonessential chauffeured trip to take a stroll in a park 11 miles from their home instead of using the park near their mansion.

Hilariously he was even turned in to his own social distancing snitch hotline for violating his own lockdown orders.

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Joe Biden: I would pick Michelle Obama as my vice presidential running mate ‘in a heartbeat’

Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, said he would pick former first lady Michelle Obama “in a heartbeat” to be his vice presidential running mate for the 2020 race to the White House.

What are the details?

In an interview with Pittsburgh’s KDKA-TV that ran Monday, Biden was asked regarding Obama, “If she said to you she’d be willing to be your running mate, would you ask her?”

“Oh, I’d take her in a heartbeat,” Biden replied. “She’s brilliant. She knows the way around. She is a really fine woman.”

The station also quoted Biden as saying “the Obamas are great friends,” but that “I don’t think she has any desire to live near the White House again,” although the latter statements don’t appear on KDKA’s video broadcast.

‘We’re just beginning the process’

Biden — who was vice president under former President Barack Obama — also told the station he’s in the early stages of choosing a running mate.

“In terms of who to pick, we’re just beginning the process,” he also told KDKA. “We’ll shortly be announcing the committee I’ve named to review this and begin to look through the backgrounds of the various potential nominees. And that’s just getting underway.”

‘We should have had a woman president already in Hillary’

Biden added to the station that while he won’t commit to a woman of color as his running mate, he is still committed to have a woman run with him.

The station quoted Biden as saying “I think it’s really important now that we establish once and for all we should have had a woman president already in Hillary [Clinton]” and that “there are a number of qualified women out there,” although the latter statements don’t appear on KDKA’s video broadcast.

“I think it is very important that my administration look like the public, look like the nation,” he told the station. “I committed there will be a woman of color on the Supreme Court [but that] doesn’t mean there won’t be a vice president [who’s a woman of color] as well.”