Michelle Obama blasts non-voters for Donald Trump’s ‘painful’ 2016 victory because ‘people didn’t bother to vote’ – The Sun

MICHELLE Obama has blasted Americans who "couldn't be bothered to get out and vote" for President Trump's 2016 victory.

She described the president's inauguration as "painful," adding: "That's my trauma".

Mrs Obama made the comments in an upcoming Netflix documentary Becoming, which follows the book tour of her best-selling novel of the same name.

She slammed black voters, women and young people for "not showing up".

Speaking on how she believes Hillary Clinton failed to clinch the 2016 presidential election because voter turn-out was lower than it should have been, the former first-lady admitted she understood why people voted for Trump.

She said: "I understand the people who voted for Trump.

“The people who didn’t vote at all, the young people, the women, that’s when you think, man, people think this is a game.

"It wasn’t just in this election. Every midterm. Every time Barack didn’t get the Congress he needed, that was because our folks didn’t show up.


"After all that work, they just couldn’t be bothered to vote at all. That’s my trauma.”

She also described the President's inauguration as "painful".

"So the day I left the White House and I write about how painful it was to sit on that [inauguration] stage.

"A lot of our folks didn’t vote. It was almost like a slap in the face," she said.

Critics have often suggester that it could have been a dip in voter turnout in 2016 that cost America it's first female President.

Clinton was banking on a high turnout particularly among Obama’s young, diverse coalition of voters to carry her over the finish line.

On the day of the final fight, a record number of Latino voters headed to the polls, too sparking fears for the Trump campaign.

But in a review from the New York Times, its suggested Republican turnout for Trump was better than expected.

The Times describe's Dem's turnout as "weak, it was mainly among Black voters" however, they go on to say the Black vote was just one per cent lower than predicted.

It was also suggested by some analysts "shy" Trump voters who don’t admit to supporting the most outspoken candidate in public might swing the election.

And figures show that almost one in four of President Obama’s 2012 white working-class supporters defected from the Democrats in 2016, either supporting Trump or a third-party candidate.

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