Former First Lady Michelle Obama was speaking at Inbound, a marketing and sales conference in Boston, when she slammed women who had voted for Donald Trump during the 2016 election as having voted “against their own voice.”
Obama said that she was speaking out on the thoughts “rolling around in [her] head” while she was working on an upcoming book. She said that she had found success by staying true to her “authentic self,” but she had seen plenty of others struggling to do just that.
“Quite frankly, we saw this in this election. As far as I’m concerned, any woman who voted against Hillary Clinton voted against their own voice,” Obama said, adding, “What does it mean for us, as women, that we look at those two candidates…and many of us said, ‘That guy? He’s better for me. His voice is more true to me.’ Well, to me that just says, you don’t like your voice. You like the thing you’re told to like.”
However, Obama made it clear that even though she had worked to campaign for Clinton during the election and was disappointed by the outcome, she was still pulling for Trump’s success because, as she explained it, “We want the sitting president to be successful because we live in this country.”