Former First Lady Michelle Obama criticized President Trump and his administration, saying she and former President Barack Obama "could never have gotten away with what the current occupants of the White House do."
The former first lady made the remarks while having a discussion about race and the expectations placed on black Americans in the latest episode of her Spotify podcast, released Wednesday.
The episode was focused on parenting, families and race and featured Obama’s mother, Marian Robinson, and her brother, Craig Robinson.
Race was the main focus of the discussion, during which Obama explained how "almost everyone" she knows has had "some kind of incident in which they were only minding their own business, but living black and were accused of something".
Obama went on to say that from an early age, black children are taught that they must exceed expectations to be considered sufficient.
“You’re taught, you know, people are going to assume the worst of you. So you’ve got to be better than, you’ve got to be 10 times better than,” she said.
“When we were in the White House, we could’ve never gotten away with some of the stuff that’s going on now, not because of the public, but our community wouldn’t have accepted that. You worked; you did your best every day. You showed up,” she told her mother and brother during the discussion.
The former first lady declined to mention the President Trump by name, but she has not been shy in her criticism of him in the past.
During her speech at the Democratic National Convention last month, Michelle Obama criticized her husband’s successor, calling him “the wrong president for our country” who was “clearly in over his head.” “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.
Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro reacted on Twitter to the former first lady's comments: “LMAO. They got away with their IRS targeting conservatives, Fast and Furious, the DOJ targeting the AP, a Congressionally non-authorized war in Libya, corruption in the HHS, complete executive rewriting of immigration law, avoiding actually executing the law on Obamacare...”