President Donald Trump went on the attack against former first lady Michelle Obama after she spoke at the Democratic National Convention on Monday night. He attacked her for taping her address instead of doing it live, calling her "in over her head."
Trump's attack that landed flat was the idea that she got the COVID-19 fatality numbers wrong. Because the numbers are moving up so quickly, they were already at 170,000 dead by the time her video aired.
"She taped it and it was not only taped, it was taped a long time ago because she had the wrong [COVID-19] deaths," said Trump, during an event celebrating women's rights.
As lawyer Jill Filipovic pointed out, mocking Obama because fatality rates are actually higher than Trump thinks doesn't quite attack Obama the way he likely wanted.
In his Tuesday column, Washington Post columnist Greg Sargent characterized the feud by saying it shows that Obama "drew blood." Otherwise Trump wouldn't care so much.
See the other responses below:
Pointing out that 20,000 more Americans have died from COVID on your watch than were stated in a previously recorde… https://t.co/tso8VBYADW— Jake Tapper (@Jake Tapper) 1597763884.0
Trump says Michelle Obama should've made her speech live: "It was taped a long time ago b/c she had the wrong (COVI… https://t.co/V4eK3m8Nfn— Peter Alexander (@Peter Alexander) 1597759220.0
Donald Trump notes that more people have died of COVID since Michelle Obama recorded her convention speech and pres… https://t.co/UWS7RUPQ72— Ryan Lizza (@Ryan Lizza) 1597762097.0
@codykeenan @ddale8 @BarackObama Imagine giving Michelle Obama shit for saying 150000 dead instead of 170000. Tr… https://t.co/kxpZ6J35uf— Halloween Jack (@Halloween Jack) 1597763500.0
MICHELLE OBAMA: Too many have died of coronavirus under Trump. TRUMP: Even more, actually! https://t.co/4Sq7dN2QDl— Eric Columbus (@Eric Columbus) 1597760417.0
So what about @realDonaldTrump blasting Michelle Obama’s speech this morning? Her former aide @KrishVignarajah take… https://t.co/fNYaGXAPsl— Hallie Jackson (@Hallie Jackson) 1597761881.0
Trump attacking Michelle Obama while he supposedly commemorates the history of women is exactly on point.— Janet Johnson (@Janet Johnson) 1597759465.0
At a White House event where Trump pandered to people who don't know better with a pardon for Susan B. Anthony to p… https://t.co/Pwa2kbO25U— Amee Vanderpool (@Amee Vanderpool) 1597758766.0
"Her remarks were obviously taped -- I've killed 20,000 more Americans than she said!" -- shorter Donald Trump in t… https://t.co/tijYMiiODR— GOPocalypse Now (@GOPocalypse Now) 1597762911.0
People laugh at Melania for plagerizing Michelle Obama, but Donald Trump is much worse. Nearly every negative comm… https://t.co/WCG56lZkwk— Annie Gabston-Howell- (@Annie Gabston-Howell-) 1597761841.0
Donald Trump helpfully reminding us that Michelle Obama actually understated the death toll under his watch.… https://t.co/Fxl2k2enGC— Matt (@Matt) 1597762535.0
Kind of a self-own on Trump's part that the speech would have to be live for the COVID stats to be accurate, Americ… https://t.co/tj6vmjqMdg— Rokey *Wear a Mask* 🇺🇸 TeamPelosi (@Rokey *Wear a Mask* 🇺🇸 TeamPelosi) 1597762986.0