Michelle Obama Lashes Donald Trump For Not Allowing 'Respectful' Transition Of Power
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Michelle Obama has opened up about the 2020 US Election and has reflected on what happened four years ago.
The former First Lady explained in a lengthy Instagram post how the transition of power went after the 2016 Election and how tough it was to hand over the White House to someone who had hurt her family.
The author says she respects the outcome of previous American elections and insists it's important to listen when the people speak.
However, she's also used that day as an example of what should happen when there is a transition of power.
Michelle reflected on the time when she and Barack had to get the White House ready for the Trump team, adding: "My husband and I instructed our staffs to do what George and Laura Bush had done for us: run a respectful, seamless transition of power-one of the hallmarks of American democracy.
"We invited the folks from the president-elect's team into our offices and prepared detailed memos for them, offering what we'd learned over the past eight years."
The former First Lady said this was particularly difficult because of the claims Donald Trump made about his predecessor during his election campaign and the repercussions that had on the Obama family.
"Donald Trump had spread racist lies about my husband that had put my family in danger. That wasn't something I was ready to forgive," Mrs Obama wrote.
"But I knew that, for the sake of our country, I had to find the strength and maturity to put my anger aside.
"So I welcomed Melania Trump into the White House and talked with her about my experience, answering every question she had-from the heightened scrutiny that comes with being First Lady to what it's like to raise kids in the White House."
Michelle is now calling on Donald Trump and his team to do the same for Joe and Jill Biden because it's essential for a functioning government.
She added the US Presidency doesn't belong to one person and that ego needs to be removed during this time, otherwise the 'country's health and security' is 'in danger'.
Mrs Obama concluded saying: "This isn't a game. So I want to urge all Americans, especially our nation's leaders, regardless of party, to honor the electoral process and do your part to encourage a smooth transition of power, just as sitting presidents have done throughout our history."
The post has been liked by nearly two million people and received nearly 40,000 comments.
It comes as Donald Trump and his staunch Republican loyalists refuse to concede defeat in the 2020 Election. Joe Biden has been declared the winner after securing 290 electoral college votes.