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US Capitol: I’m hurt for our country, says Michelle Obama

By Oluwaseun Sonde

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The wife of the former President of United States of America, Michelle Obama has said that she is hurt over the recent invasion of rioters at the US Capitol on President Donald Trump’s claims of election fraud against the President-elect, Joe Biden.

Michelle who made this known on her official social platform on Thursday, said her heart fallen harder when these rioters and gang members who desecrated the center of American government were led out of the building not in handcuffs, but free to carry on with their days.

According to her, “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 President Trump on, knowing full well the possibility of consequences like these.

“It all left me with so many questions about the future, questions about security, extremism, propaganda, and more. But there’s one question I just can’t shake: What if these rioters had looked like the folks who go to Ebenezer Baptist Church every Sunday? What would have been different?”, She said

Michelle recalled the summer’s Black Lives Matter protests were an overwhelmingly peaceful movement. “Our nation’s largest demonstrations ever, bringing together people of every race and class and encouraging millions to re-examine their own assumptions and behavior.

“And yet, in city after city, day after day, we saw peaceful protestors met with brute force. We saw cracked skulls and mass arrests, law enforcement pepper spraying its way through a peaceful demonstration for a presidential photo.

“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.

She felt hurt seeing the gulf between the responses to yesterday’s riot, the summer’s peaceful protests and the larger movement for racial justice which is so painful. “It hurts. And I cannot think about moving on or turning the page until we reckon with the reality of what we saw yesterday.

“True progress will be possible only once we acknowledge that this disconnect exists and take steps to repair it. And that also means coming to grips with the reality that millions voted for a man so obviously willing to burn our democracy down for his own ego.

“I hurt for our country. And I wish I had all the solutions to make things better. I wish I had the confidence that people who know better will act like it for more than a news cycle or two. All I know is that now is a time for true patriotism”.

Michelle further said, “Now is the time for those who voted for this president to see the reality of what they’ve supported and publicly and forcefully rebuke him and the actions of that mob. Now is the time for Silicon Valley companies to stop enabling this monstrous behavior.

“They already banning Trump from their platforms and putting in place policies to prevent their technology from being used by the nation’s leaders to fuel insurrection. And if we have any hope of improving this nation, now is the time for swift and serious consequences for the failure of leadership that led to yesterday’s shame”, she said.

She prayed that every American, especially those who disagree with the result of the election, will give the new Congress, President-elect Biden, and Vice President-elect Harris the chance to lead the country in a better direction.

“But make no mistake: The work of putting America back together, of truly repairing what is broken, isn’t the work of any individual politician or political party. It’s up to each of us to do our part. To reach out. To listen.

“And to hold tight to the truth and values that have always led this country forward. It will be an uncomfortable, sometimes painful process. But if we enter into it with an honest and unwavering love of our country, then maybe we can finally start to heal”, she said.

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