- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Former first lady Michelle Obama said Wednesday that while she wishes the best for President Trump, the women who voted for him “voted against their own voice.”

Mrs. Obama made the comments during a wide-ranging conversation with author Roxane Gay at the Inbound conference in Boston, Boston.com reported.

“Any woman who voted against Hillary Clinton voted against their own voice,” the former first lady said to a round of applause at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

“It doesn’t say as much about Hillary, and everybody’s trying to worry about what it means for Hillary and no, no, no, what does this mean for us, as women?” she asked. “That we look at those two candidates, as women, and many of us said, ‘He’s better for me. His voice is more true to me.’ To me that just says, you don’t like your voice. You like the thing you’re told to like.”

Mrs. Obama said women have been socialized, sometimes in “very subtle ways,” to sit and be quiet while the men do all the talking.

She also said she’s in a unique position to understand the difficulty Mr. Trump faces in the Oval Office, and that she and former President Barack Obama “want him to be successful.”

“He was elected,” Mrs. Obama said, WBUR’s Zeninjor Enwemeka reported. “When you’ve been in that position, you have a different perspective.”

“There was an entire party that didn’t support my husband,” she said.

Mrs. Obama said she’s working on a book about her childhood experiences and how she got to where she is today.

• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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