Michelle Obama: Trump's 'Hypocrisy' Has Given Me 'Low-Grade Depression'
Says seeing Trump in the White House 'day in and day out' is 'dispiriting'
Former First Lady Michelle Obama has slammed Donald Trump in a new podcast episode, claiming the president's "hypocrisy" has triggered her "low-grade depression."
Speaking Wednesday on her new podcast, Obama revealed she is “dealing with some form of low-grade depression.”
She claims it was caused by the stresses of “seeing this administration, watching the hypocrisy of it, day in and day out.”
Obama said she finds herself “waking up in the middle of the night because I’m worrying about something or there's a heaviness.”
The 56-year-old ex-FLOTUS uploaded episode two of "The Michelle Obama Podcast" to Spotify on Wednesday, featuring a discussion with NPR's Michele Norris.
During the conversation, Michelle gets candid about her "emotional highs and lows," specifically calling out how "exhausting" and "dispiriting" it is to see Donald Trump in the White House while there's "yet another story" of a black man or person being hurt or killed.
The former first lady describes several reasons why she is feeling unease.
She highlights quarantines during the coronavirus pandemic, racial strife, and the actions of President Trump’s administration.
“These are not, they are not fulfilling times, spiritually,” Obama says.
“I know that I am dealing with some form of low-grade depression."
“Not just because of the quarantine, but because of the racial strife, and just seeing this administration, watching the hypocrisy of it, day in and day out, is dispiriting,” Obama said.
“I have to say that waking up to the news, waking up to how this administration has or has not responded, waking up to yet another story of a black man or a black person somehow being dehumanized or hurt or killed or falsely accused of something, it is exhausting,” she added.
"And it has led to a weight that I haven't felt in my life in a while."
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Obama also talked about people who are demonstrating for the radical-left Black Lives Matter movement.
"I'd be remiss to say that part of this depression is also a result of what we're seeing in terms of the protests, the continued racial unrest, that has plagued this country since its birth," she said.
"I mean, it’s easy for us, as people of color, to demonize folks who are out there protesting against Black Lives Matter,” Obama continued.
"They're not right in their positions, but their fears are coming from somewhere.
"Because folks aren't just crazy.
"You know, folks are out there trying to work and trying to keep it together, and when you can't do it, and when things feel stacked against you, as many of the people who are afraid are, then you lash out.”