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Michelle Obama's DNC Speech

Michelle Obama's DNC Speech

Michelle Obama brought down the house with her speech last night at the Democratic National Convention. Twelve hours later, it’s still giving us goosebumps. Did you watch? What an inspiration to hear the first lady speak eloquently, strongly and, most of all, optimistically, about our country and the presidency. Here are a few memorable quotes:

“When someone is cruel or acts like a bully, you don’t stoop to their level. No, our motto is, ‘When they go low, we go high.’ ”

“I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves. And I watch my daughters, two beautiful, intelligent, black young women, playing with their dogs on the White House lawn. And because of Hillary Clinton, my daughters and all our sons and daughters now take for granted that a woman can be president of the United States.”

“When you have the nuclear codes at you fingertips and military at your command, you can’t make snap decisions. You can’t have thin skin or a tendency to lash out. You need to be steady and well-informed. I want a president with a record of public service, someone whose life work shows our children we don’t chase fame and fortune for ourselves.”

“In this election, we cannot sit back and hope that everything works out for the best. We cannot afford to be tired or frustrated or cynical. No, hear me. Between now and November, we need to do what we did eight years ago and four years ago. We need to knock on every door, we need to get out every vote, we need to pour every last ounce of our passion and our strength and our love for this country into electing Hillary Clinton as president of the United States of America!”

You can watch her speech here. Also, here’s the amazing story behind Michelle’s convention dress.

We don’t often cover news directly on Cup of Jo, but this election is so important, and the outcome is not a foregone conclusion. So much is at stake, and we are wholeheartedly behind Hillary. Here’s how to register to vote. Every vote counts.

(Photos by Paul Sancya/Associated Press and Sam Hodgson for The New York Times)

  1. Sandra says...

    Love your post! Thank you!

  2. Juliet says...

    Thank you for this post!!! Yes!!!!

  3. Liz A. says...

    YES! I love Cup of Jo all the more for this post.

  4. This is an election that will impact the world like none in recent memory. As a Canadian, I worry for our economy if the US ends up with an unstable man as president. I’m definitely with her!
    Thanks for taking a stand. It’s your right, it’s everyone’s right, who lives in a free country. Because you never know who might grab power and change that…

  5. Lillian says...

    Thank you for using your platform to share political opinions! More to come, I hope.

  6. Megan says...

    Thank you so much for posting this!! YESS!!!

  7. Cindy B says...

    Plato once said, “People who refuse to participate in politics risk being governed by their inferiors.” I have never understood why some are so afraid to voice political opinions. This is OUR LIVES and the future of our children we are talking about. Choosing to remain silent seems absurd to me. Thank you for this post.

    • Kris says...

      Beautifully said! I agree. Now is not the time to stay silent. Thank you for speaking your conscience, Joanna! #imwithher

  8. Sara Gomez says...

    THANK YOU! As a 21 year old woman of color and a long time reader I fully support and thank you for speaking up about this election. You have such a powerful platform and I wish more bloggers chose to speak up about this election. I hope others follow in your example!

  9. Heather says...

    After reading so many comments from people who want to stick their heads in the sand about the realities of this election, just want to add my thanks for posting this.

  10. Sandy says...

    Thank you for this! Michelle is absolutely right – to sit back and hope for the best is much too dangerous.

  11. Sarah says...

    YES!! I am with her!! I’m feeling a lot of anxiety about this election because of Brexit (the thing no one thought would actually happen) and because of so many swing voters feeling so attached to Bernie. I’m glad Sanders was a part of this election cycle because he helped push the political conversation in a decidedly left-wing direction after years of conservative rhetoric. I consider Hillary and Obama to be fairly centrist so bravo for a more liberal voice in the mix. But of course I’m wholeheartedly planning to vote for Hillary in November (I don’t live in a swing state, though). It’s frustrating to see Bernie’s support turn into a kind of fanaticism, where people are saying they HATE Hillary and just won’t vote if they can’t vote for Sanders. I just don’t see the logic, and I can’t identify with Sander’s deification or Clinton’s demonization. People who believe in rights for all, protection for our children, healthcare, our environment, and the end to political stalemating, I hope will vote with us, because I believe we’re the majority.

    • TheSwordfish says...

      If you’re the majority, then god help us all.

  12. Julie says...

    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

  13. Erin says...

    I love that your blog is taking a stand on this issue. It’s unfortunate that so many people are dismissing the importance of this election as if they seriously believe they’re choosing the lesser of two evils. We have too many people saying that “both of them are disappointing.” Hillary Clinton is guilty of being political, just like too many politicians. She may be dishonest, but let’s be real. Politics is ugly. Let’s focus on getting rid of the issues we have through legislation so it’s not the norm. On the other hand. Trump is openly discriminatory and hateful. He invites another country to sabotage our democratic elections for his benefit. He has zero experience with public service and leaves a wake of disaster in his business. He and his followers thinks electing him will push a magical button that will solve all our problems. The truth is much of what he proposes as a “solution” is illegal and/or unconstitutional. This is not even close to choosing the lesser of two evils. This is about choosing to acknowledge there is a true evil that needs to be suppressed.

  14. Natalie says...

    I really don’t like either candidate but I loathe Trump. Hillary said it best when you have to worry about a guy who you can break with a Twitter post and how he would being in control of nuclear weapons. But the. Hillary spent most of her nomination speech talking about trump too instead of backing her platform and thanking her supportersI actually really like sanders and really wished he would have been nominated for the Democratic Party. I am sad I didn’t do my part during the primary to give him my vote.

  15. Danielle says...

    I was a fan of your page, and then you posted this. I must say I’m disappointed. History was made, but the way it happened is not something anyone should be proud of.

    • Jenny says...

      Yes! Thanks for not falling to pressure to remain “unpolitical.” This world-our future- is too important to ignore for the sake of page views.

  16. Thank you, thank you for posting this!! If this persuades just one person you have done such a service. Joanna, I am such a loyal fan of yours. Keep up the amazing work!!

  17. Oli says...

    I am with her. Thank you for inspiring me to voice my support for Hillary Clinton with pride. I am ready to wear my Hillary t-shirt nearly every day and encourage everyone to VOTE!

  18. Andrea says...

    I am an American. But I was born and raised in Venezuela.
    Twenty years ago, a man ran for president promising change. He was charismatic, bombastic – a true and powerful charmer. And he said what people wanted to hear: that our troubles were the fault of a few: of the oligarchs, of the immigrants, of the politicians. He said that he was going to change it all – that if we gave him all the power, that he was going to change everything. That he was going to get rid of all the politicians, and that he was going to return Venezuela to its former greatness. His rival was a very successful governor, but lacked the charm and charisma of Chavez, and he did not stand a chance in the general election. Chavez won on a landslide.

    He did everything he promised, and more.

    Twenty years later, Venezuela is in the midst of a major humanitarian crisis, where premature babies die because there is no electricity nor incubators in hospitals, and people have to resort to Facebook to find cancer and anti-seizure drugs, common antibiotics, and basic supplies and over-the counter medications such as Tylenol. (see http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/16/world/americas/dying-infants-and-no-medicine-inside-venezuelas-failing-hospitals.html?_r=0). In the meanwhile, the daughter of Hugo Chavez is worth about $4.2 Billion dollars, according to Forbes.

    Twenty years later, I am again terrified. Because I am seeing the same thing happen all over again. Fascism is opportunistic – it doesn’t matter if it’s right or left – and when you have lived through something like that you are eerily attuned to certain nuances in the media, in the people, in the political discourse that many miss -shielded by the privilege of living in a first world country, where your safety and your rights are taken for granted.

    What I am seeing now is that an extremely dangerous man is running to rule the most powerful country, with the biggest military in the world. I have seen the horrible humane catastrophe that Chavez created in a tiny country that had little power other than some oil. I cannot fathom to imagine the future if the presidency were given to such a man, and without any resources to check his power – after all, both chambers of congress belong to his party and he would have the power to turn the SCOTUS for generations to come.
    I am nothing but frustrated and horrified about some commenters that say that they “don’t want to vote for politicians” or rather vote for a third candidate that has no chance just to make a “principled stand”. Welcome to the real world people. Making a principled stand is the easy moral choice when you are likely the last to suffer the consequences. That is also the reason why there is so much government dysfunction: people love to take stands, whereas is about guns, abortion, healthcare, immigration – because it is easy to have the “high moral ground” instead of acknowledging that the other side may have a point, may be worth listening to – and hopefully reach a compromise.

    I know what Trump is, I have lived through it, and saw my grandfather die because we could not find oxygen thanks to it https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jun/22/donald-trump-hugo-chavez-political-similarities

    The choice is clear, #Imwithher

    • A says...

      This is such a powerful comment. Thank you for sharing.

    • CC says...

      Andrea, bravo! Your story is poignant and your point of view and experience invaluable, thanks for sharing. Please continue to do so, loudly and steadfastly … voices like yours may help very sheltered and inexperienced Americans see things differently.

  19. Carolyn says...

    Please please please please America vote Hillary! Love from the whole of the UK. Fact :)

  20. Alex says...

    THANK YOU JO AND TEAM for using your platform to discuss this election, possibly the most important of our lifetime.
    I voted for Bernie in the primary and I had a serious hope right up until the convention that he would somehow be named the nominee. But when I listened to the roll call on the radio while I was driving down the L.I.E. with my 10 month old daughter asleep in the backseat, I got pretty emotional. I surprised myself by how emotional I got. I cried! It’s very possible that the first president my daughter ever knows will be called Madame President. She will grow up thinking it is perfectly normal for a woman to hold the highest office in our country. I’m putting my issues with Hillary aside and I will be voting for her in November. I feel proud and hopeful and a little choked up by it all.

  21. L says...

    I have to say that I’ve been obsessed with this post and keep coming back to read all the new comments. Joanna you and your great team have created such an incredible community here of interesting and informed women (and some men!) from around the world that it is fascinating to hear what everyone is thinking during this insane political season. Thank you so much for this beautiful virtual space and fostering the community that comes here. And thank you to all the great readers sharing their thoughts – informed, civil discussion is the lifeblood of this crazy democracy that we’re trying to make work for all of us. (Applause emoji :))

    • heather says...

      I agree. I’ve never checked that box to “notify me of follow up comments by email” before, but I checked it this time and I have read EVERY SINGLE COMMENT – which is now in the hundreds – in part because this is the first time in this campaign that I’ve felt there was a place where people were exchanging ideas thoughtfully and respectfully. I’ve learned so much about the different perspectives in the last few days, and it’s caused me to do my own research into certain criticisms that were raised.

      Applause, indeed. This blog should win some kind of citizenship award.

  22. chana says...

    As a long-time reader who generally adores each and every post, I was really disappointed to see this political slant. This election has been particularly noxious, and I am struggling to support either candidate. The aggression spewing on both sides has been so vile, and I was truly sorry to see this apolitical zone veer in a specific direction that obviously sits uneasy for many people.

    • Emmanuella says...

      Same :-/
      I just can’t support Trump or Clinton . They both come across as selfish and opportunistic. I came to this page hoping to escape the grossness of this election.

    • Diana says...

      I think the comments for this post are so far (haven’t read them all) very respectful.

  23. you rock!

  24. Anon says...

    YEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. Kait says...

    Just wanted to add my voice to the resounding YES I had while reading this. Sure politics are taboo or whatever..and I think that’s always been because you can see how must arguments in politics can have valid depending on who you are and how that issue affects your life….UNTIL NOW. There is no valid argument for anyone supporting Trump. He is evolving from behaving like a circus sideshow to a dangerous racist and now, as he is inviting Russia to spy on our country and is being endorsed by dictators – a traitor to our country. This space always has been a place for Jo’s personal life – she shares her love, family, fashion, hobbies, and beautiful stories from all walks of life that she finds relevant to her life and brand. Her politics are part of what make her and her staff human. To not stand up and share her thoughts (extremely politely as well!) would have been a disservice to her audience. We all feel like friends here, and friends discuss every aspect of life.

    I know a lot of people take issue with Hillary and they wish there was another option. But she is light years ahead of someone who makes fun of disabled people, incites violence, and invites espionage by foreign powers.

    I read a wonderful article/copy of someone’s Facebook post defending Hillary Clinton, talking about how her approval ratings plummet when she is asking for power, and soar once she achieves it. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/6/11/1537582/-The-most-thorough-profound-and-moving-defense-of-Hillary-Clinton-I-have-ever-seen

    Also, this link to logical fallacies https://yourlogicalfallacyis.com/poster
    I think could help out a few of the commenters I’ve seen on here…

  26. Nora says...

    I admire, respect, and appreciate so much that you posted this. The political *is* personal. Thank you for using your blog to be authentic and honest, when it would be easier/safer to just not acknowledge the extreme political climate we find ourselves in. Thank you!

  27. N. Rogers says...

    Love your blog, but disappointed in the political slant. But it’s your blog, so you have the right to post what you believe in. Would have to say that upstate New Yorkers lean Republican

  28. Adam Eran says...

    Sorry, only electoral college votes count. As some wag once said “If voting made a difference it would be illegal.” I’ve also read that you’re likelier to be in a fatal auto accident on the way to the polls than that your vote would make a critical difference.

    The electoral college is winner-take-all in states. So if your state is not a swing state (i.e. dependably red or blue), odds are your vote won’t count. Hillary wins California, Trump wins Oklahoma.

    A strategy worth considering: Vote Jill Stein, Greens in a non-swing state. This doesn’t change the outcome of the election, but it does register your dissatisfaction with the current system. As Boss Tweed used to say “I don’t care who people vote for as long as I can pick the candidates.” (His spirit lives on)

    • Amy says...

      Hi. Not trolling here, just honestly curious: what end do you hope to achieve by voting for a third party, if you know it won’t change the outcome of the election? I understand voicing your dissatisfaction with the current electoral college system (it needs work, and it absolutely has its limitations), but after that, after you cast a vote that amounts to an abstention — what? Why not vote for a red or blue candidate that most closely aligns with your political leanings, then propose/support legislation in your state to move from a winner-take-all system to a proportional-system?

    • jen says...

      But that doesnt register dissatisfaction. Its a vote for a third party with no chance. Why bother to vote at all?

  29. Amy says...

    Thank you, courageous ladies of Team
    Cup of Jo, for having the bravery and social consciousness to bring this conversation to the blog. Just skimming these comments, I can see the response is mixed, but please don’t stop speaking your truth. We’re with you. Keep it up.

  30. Nathalie says...

    Great post! (As if I needed another reason to love your blog.) Speaking up is so important, and I am SO glad you did. Xx

  31. Karen in VA says...

    Terrific post … And use of your blog.

    When someone spends as much time in public service that Secretary Clinton has, they are going to incur some bumps under a magnifying glass. Not in hidden tax returns.

    I’m with her … Bumps and all

    Karen in VA

  32. Isabella says...

    Thank you for posting this, Jo. I’ve been reading your blog for a long time and I appreciate you using your platform to support Hillary––this election has too much at stake to stay passive or uninformed.

  33. Joanna says...

    Thank you, Joanna. Thank you for being brave and taking a stand against bullying and fear mongering at the highest level. It isn’t easy to express views publicly, but I am so grateful you did. I do not want my baby born into a world of ridicule and hate. #peace #imwithher

  34. E says...

    Love Michelle and love Hilary!! I’m Australian and the US election almost gets as much media coverage as our own politics, and most Australians cannot believe how much support Trump has, and it’s scary. I honestly feel Trump winning poses more of a threat to more lives than any terrorist group. The president of The United States has such a huge impact on the whole world, I hope people think about the bigger picture when they vote and realise that nothing good will come from hate and fear. I think you should use your space to support Hilary more! X

  35. Beth says...

    Just curious…what would you have posted if one of your staffers was not supporting Hillary? Food for thought.

  36. Katie says...

    To the commenters suggesting there won’t be a difference between Trump and Hillary, it must be nice not to have to fear for your family in the event of a Trump presidency. My partner and I are new New Yorkers, and he was raised in a Muslim country (I’m a Canadian expat and he recently became an American citizen). We love NYC and we love America, and yet Trump’s position is that our children would not be ‘true Americans.’ To Jo an the whole team, thank you so, so much. You’re on the right side of history and I can’t tell you how much it means to me to see you using your powerful platform to spread awareness about this issue–about how important it is to come together in this election and choose love over hate. Your language is so positive and sensitive, I’m truly hoping you’ll change hearts and minds before November by posting periodically about this in a thoughtful way. You’re the best! <3

  37. Kate says...

    Fully support this post! There are too many loud voices on the other side and I think it would have been remiss to not use your strong, well informed voices to support this cause. In fact, I was feeling a bit frustrated that the blogs I read did not step out to make a statement about the election or the other significant (and tragic) events occurring around us. Brava, ladies! Keep it up. You have a friend (and reader) in me!

  38. Julia says...

    Thank you so much for this post! It resonates deeply and I totally agree. This election is so important and so much is at stake. I’m with her!

  39. Meghan says...

    Thank you for this post.

  40. Mo says...

    I’m a long time reader and I think this is my second time commenting on your blog. I am so happy and proud to see your support for HRC. You have an incredible platform, Jo. Large readership, incredible dialogue, and tremendous positivity. You have the power to shift dialogue on issues we care about as women. You’re already doing it with posts like post partum depression and feminism, and I really would like to see you continue this (soft) advocacy.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you so much, mo. your comment means a lot to me.

  41. Amy says...

    Thank you Joanna and the Cup of Jo team for this post, because it abso-fucking-lutely belongs here. And thank you to all these incredible, eloquent readers posting thoughtful, civil, constructive responses to some of the ridiculous, willfully ignorant, and fundamentally misguided comments. I just cannot fathom how any human being, especially a woman, can support Trump, or arrogantly claim they have reasons to hate Hilary and Trump in equal measure. It is truly baffling and saddening.

    • nancy says...

      the problem with having a civil discussion in regards to politics is that once a comment is made opposing their views they are described as willfully ignorant, misguided, ridiculous and worse. This is the main reason there is no civility and reaching across the aisle among the red / blue is non-existent in Washington. Sad that the days of a true civil discussion is obsolete …. Even though you see me as such, I do not find myself ignorant. I truly cannot get behind either candidate (and I am female).. I do not support a walking time bomb .. and on the flip side cannot support someone who has been dishonest to our military and who actually cannot hold a security clearance without the assistance of the DOJ. That being said. I am sorry to baffle you.

  42. Abby says...

    Thank you so much for posting this and voicing your opinion!! This election is too important not to. I am excited to vote for Hillary. Yes she has her faults but what candidate doesn’t ? She is incredibly knowledgable and won’t lead our country off a cliff. Thank you again for posting this !!

  43. Joanna says...

    Bravo for posting this very important article. I don’t understand how any woman can vote for Trump. I’d like to keep all my rights, thanks. There is so much at stake in this election. Let’s move forward, not backward! Signed, another Bernie supporter and Vermonter who is voting for HRC

  44. AMS says...

    THANK YOU so much for using your forum to discuss this election. The next president will be selecting at least two of the supreme court justices – the stakes could not be higher. I would like to live in a world where my daughters, and minorities, are not shamed for speaking up.
    Again, THANK YOU.

  45. Alison says...

    I was disappointed to see Politics addressed in this happy forum. Please don’t assume that your readers are all young, hip, liberal northeasterners Jo! I’m the almost sixty year old, decidedly unfashionable southern grandmother of nine. I came to Cup A through my beautiful daughters and have grown to love to end my day in happy reading on this forum.

    I detest Trump and Hillary in equal measure, though I hold Hillary more accountable because she bills herself a ” public servant”. I am a woman who believes in protecting babies and controlling guns, a centrist on many issues who believes that anyone who “wholeheartedly” supports Clinton simply hasn’t been paying attention.

    1. Benghazi…. Clinton’s …..” At this point, what does it matter?” was unprofessional at best, unfeeling at worst. If that had been my husband or son, it would have mattered, even a year later. If I was a government worker in an unstable area there finding answers to the Why? of Benghazi might save my life someday it would matter.

    2. Hillary and Bill, who hold themselves out as champions for the poor and downtrodden of the world, gave a squeak over 10 percent in charitable contributions in 2014. When you are making well over 5 million dollars a year that is penury at its worst. How many fourteen hundred pantsuits does one woman need? The Clintons need to put their personal charitable funds where their mouths are. My husband and I give over thirty percent off the top every year to help educate and feed the less fortunate. After you have what you need, it makes sense. Shout out to Bill Gates!

    3. The Clinton Foundation doesn’t ” count” as personal giving for the Clinton family. Their taking money from foreign concerns when she was a decision maker on the world stage is a glaring conflict of interest. Many of those contributions came from foreign concerns which went undisclosed despite a transparency policy agreed upon by the Clintons in order for her to serve as Sec. Of State.

    4. Whether or not you think that Hillary should have been charged in the email debacle, at the very least she was ignorant and foolish in handling state secrets. Inept and unprofessional.

    I will end here, though I could go on.

    None of the above facts make for a ringing endorsement. Some day this great nation will have its first female President. I only wish it would be a more worthy woman. There are so very many.

    Please Keep Cup A happy, impartial and apolitical. There is more than one way to see the world! Love your blog Jo and crew!

    • Margaret curran says...

      Totally with you, Alison.

    • miriam says...

      While it can be jarring to see politics intruding on this happy and lovely space Jo creates, it is also a space that reflects much of all of our everyday lives. Jo and her team discuss motherhood and its many issues, challenges and joys. She explores what it means to be a woman in this contemporary world, from working lives to social expectations of us. And all of these things are political in their own way. I am not from the US, but across the world, the two candidates we see on stage will both have an important and powerful influence in women’s lives, families’ lives, working people, children, elders. All generations, classes and backgrounds. And this influence will ripple and resonate across the world. We cannot afford to draw imaginary lines and think that politics is something that happens “out there”, while living life in an apolitical manner. Whatever your views on the candidates, it is important to continue to engage in the discussion, really explore how politics impacts and shapes your life, because whoever come in in November, they will undoubtedly colour your life, and those of your loved ones in some way. Spaces like Jo’s blog should be celebrated as bringing this conversation into the spotlight, in a safe and stimulating way.

    • Kelly says...

      Alison, thank you for taking the time to write your detailed comment. (We seem to be in the minority here.)

      It’s as though you were typing my thoughts:
      “I detest Trump and Hillary in equal measure, though I hold Hillary more accountable because she bills herself a ‘public servant’…anyone who ‘wholeheartedly’ supports Clinton simply hasn’t been paying attention.”

      As a long time reader of this blog, I’m not surprised by the political promotion this time. Joanna advocated for Obama way back when. It left a bad taste in my mouth then as well.

    • OK, this one really gets on my nerves. HRC did NOT say “what does it matter” with regard to the deaths in Benghazi, but the REASON for the deaths, in that the deaths were a big deal regardless. I see you didn’t mention the part where she says ” It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again.” FULL RESPONSE QUOTE: “With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided that they’d they go kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make? It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, Senator. Now, honestly, I will do my best to answer your questions about this, but the fact is that people were trying in real time to get to the best information. The IC has a process, I understand, going with the other committees to explain how these talking points came out. But you know, to be clear, it is, from my perspective, less important today looking backwards as to why these militants decided they did it than to find them and bring them to justice, and then maybe we’ll figure out what was going on in the meantime.

      You of course have every right to pick out whichever details you wish to determine Hillary is “unfit”, but at least make them accurate. People who push this particular reason to call her callous and cold are simply manipulating words to suit an opinion of her they have already formed.

    • Pin says...

      Great comment, Lori!

    • DR says...

      Why are so many of you trying to control what is personal for Jo? She does a lovely job in bringing us so many topics, to see you try to shame her for what is obviously something she cares deeply about is so disappointing.

  46. Caroline says...

    THANK YOU for posting this! I agree 100% and I’m so glad to see public figures like yourself making important statements about this monumental election year. I’ve never commented on your blog before, but I was so moved by your post (and by Michelle’s speech at the DNC) that I had to show my appreciation. Thank you, thank you, thank you! #imwithher

  47. Alexandra Marie says...

    I’m not thrilled about either candidate. I’m even less thrilled that Hillary feels so above reproach she appointed the former DNC chair to her campaign *after* the emails were leaked. Sigh. I’m definitely not for Trump but it does feel like a Clinton presidency would just be more corruption and cronyism in the White House. I’m feeling much more passionate about down-party candidates and the chance of stacking the senate and house with politicians who want to work for change.

  48. Jessumix says...

    I’ve loved this speech until the moment she said that the USA are the greatest country on earth. This is so subjective, compared to her other well-balanced words. I am french and I feel offended by this sentence. We shouldn’t hierarchise countries, in the same way that there should not be any hierarchy between human beings. I am really surprised!

    • Nina says...

      My thoughts exactly – The speech was great and Michelle Obama does come across as a great person, but as much as I want to understand why she wanted to say that the US is the greatest country on Earth, I was disappointed she felt the need to give into this type of statement.
      This whole idea that one’s country is better almost by default is the root of so many issues in our World…
      In my views, simply sharing her love for America without any comparison would have been a wiser choice!

    • Elly says...

      It’s an American election. Do you expect the speakers to get up there and say, “America’s alright, some other countries are equal to it or maybe even better!” That’s not how rhetoric works.

    • Liz says...

      I said the exact same thing! I’m not a fan when politicians say that America is the greatest country on earth, democrat or republican. It’s unsubtle, ineloquent, and rather a Trump-like thing to say (“my country is the greatest ever!”) The whole world is listening to us. Let’s be humble.

  49. Em says...

    I personally don’t think Hillary is what is going to make America great again. She seems pretty evil, corrupt and no regards for the law or the people who protect us. I am not a fan of trump either. But, I am shocked others think she is a great choice. I don’t think we have good choices either way.

    • Heather says...

      I keep asking commenters who are anti-HRC to be more specific about why. When you say she’s “pretty evil” -why? What’s so evil about her? And when you say “no regard for the law,” is this about the emails or something else? I see her as someone who has used the law to advocate for children, the disabled, and armed forces and their families. What am I missing?

    • Elly says...

      Why does American need to be made great again? Please watch President Obama’s speech from last night. He will very eloquently inform you that America is already great, and those who tell you differently are trying to spin a narrative of fear to control you. Looks like you’ve already given in.

  50. Anne says...

    Hi Jo,

    Thankyou for making this post. The American presidental election is one if not the most important election in our decade. Whoever will step into office on January 2017, will shape not just the future of America but also the future of the rest of the world. America is a superpower and has many allies all over the world (including Europe where I am from) so even though I cannot vote in the election, the election is still crucial to me as a citizen of the world.

    In 2008 my boyfriend travelled to Florida to campaign with a Danish delegation for Barack Obama. This november I will travel with an equal Danish delegation to Florida to campaign for Hillary. We have both been involved with Danish youth politics, and in 2014 I was voted in as a member of my local city council. Due to my political involvement, I am a public support of Danes for Hillary (the Danish official support group for Hillary Clinton). Currently, the chairman of the organization is volunteering at the DNC in Philly. We have previously also been featured in The Daily Beast since many Danes are involed one way or another in the US election. I cannot wait to campaign for Hillary!

    While I do understand many Americans are unsatisfied with the current political system (and that Hillary to some extent represents that system), I simply cannot understand that people think Trump will create a better America (and world) than Hillary. Hillary is not perfect, and she has many scandals behind her, but she is the safe choice.

    In many ways this election will end up impact so many more people than just the Americans. This is an election crucial to rest of the world too. This election is just bigger than peoples “safe place”. Some things are just too important to be left out of the public sphere. Thankyou for posting Joanna!

    • Lauren says...

      Thank you. It is both moving and humbling to know that you are giving your time and resources from halfway across the world to advocate for the best of American values in a time when civility, sense, and equity seem to be in such short supply here.

  51. ACW says...

    Love this.
    Let’s remember 2000 when Nader split the democratic vote and W was elected for the next 8 years. This can’t happen again. The stakes are too high.
    I’m with Her!

  52. Karen says...

    You don’t think a President can effect your life?! I have two words for you: Supreme Court.

    • Joanna says...

      Exactly! That to me is one of the most important parts of the upcoming election because that can affect the country for many years.

  53. pl says...

    Great post. But can anyone honestly say that a president has effected their lives. My life will not change if Trump or Hillary becomes leader of this country. It has become a popularity contest and the one who has the most money wins.

    • sk says...

      PL–any chance you’re white, heterosexual, and of comfortable means? If so, then you are probably right, your life won’t change much with either choice, but for some people, their families are at stake

    • Julie says...

      Yeah a president has impacted my life. As a gay woman, this is the first president who has recognized I exist and deserve marriage equity. These things matter. Hearing that you are seen, it matters. The president elects the Supreme Court, my female friends who deserve the rights to their own bodies will be impacted by this. I could go on, but the president matters.

    • jen says...

      Obama affected my life: health care reforms allowed us to buy insurance even with pre-existing conditons and retire. I would still be working without this law. In addition, my 401k has recovered and doubled since Obama took office.

    • DR says...

      The Supreme court impacts all lives and it’s up for grabs and then locked down for the next three decades based on who wins this election.

  54. Trish O says...

    Thank you for the post. The speech was beautiful.

    I am also supporting Secretary Clinton. #IMWITHHER

  55. Karen says...

    First, I commend you for voicing your opinion on the candidates. Since the blog has always had a very personal nature, it is completely fitting that you would speak here about the election and your views on the candidates. I hope you never question that decision based on the mixed responses here in the comments.

    As for the comments, I am floored to hear people complaining about having to face political content here in their “safe space”. I am having a hard time controlling my anger in response to those comments. Every single thing we do (or write about or express an opinion on) is political, and this is no time to stick your head in the sand and seek a safe place. What a priviledge it is to even have a “safe place”! So many don’t. And, worse, so much of that safety is on the line this year! We should all be discussing, listening (!), researching, debating in every space available to us, and come November, we sure as hell better be voting! No excuses. No safe places. No hiding.

    Thank you, Joanna, for getting us all talking whether we wanted to or not!!

    • A says...

      Strongly agree. I’ve been having imaginary arguments with these people all day long.

    • Mary says...

      100% YES! Karen, you took the words right out of my mouth. Amazingly put.

      Joanna and team, THANK YOU.

    • Elga says...

      Perfect comment!

    • Sally says...

      Thank you for this! You said it much better than I could have said it.

    • Julie says...

      STRONGLY AGREE. It feels highly privileged to say this doesn’t matter. What I hear is “the people who may be impacted by this election don’t matter to me and I want to ignore those people.” As tough as it is, face the election my friends!

    • Theresa says...

      Bravo! You beautifully articulated what I was thinking.

    • Carla says...

      I am so happy with this comment, I too was reading the screen yesterday and screaming at the bland women who wrote along the lines of I used to love reading your blog but now you have mentioned what politics you go by I will not read you any more blah blah. Well I say good riddance.

      Here in the UK we are still reeling from the aftermath of Brexit. A similar thing happened to a well known chef on Instagram when she voiced her support of remain. Someone actually commented “why dont you stick to posting lovely pictures of cooking and not talk about politics” i was like the emoji with the fire coming out of my ears!

      A lot of people in the UK see Trump as hate monger and has given bigoted people all over the world a voice to be loud and proud of their hate and this has reached our shores in the UK. As I said we are still reeling from the consequences of the leave vote but we are learning a lot also. The youth (18 to 30s) are beginning to be more political and involved, and women are more vocal about their rights too. Buts its only the beginning of a massive mountain. Politics is so polarised here in the UK and the UK no longer really feels united but fundamentally what has happend has made a lot more people aware that politics affects you every day of your life and what happens to you and your family.

    • Tricia S says...

      I may not agree with all your political views, Jo, but you expressed your political viewpoint and got this discussion going…it needs to happen! I live in the US and recently went to Europe and Asia and was blown away by the knowledge that every person I spoke with had on our presidential election. It is such an important election and it sad how many people that live in our country keep their heads buried in the sand and get offended when politics are mentioned in a “safe place.” The freedom we have as Americans to speak up and express our political viewpoints is something that so many people take for granted.

      Don’t get discouraged by the negativity. You’re amazing and your team is amazing.

    • mandy says...

      agreed! thank you for saying so!

  56. Nina says...

    Thank you for this post. I happen to completely agree with you and I believe that this particular post is absolutely in line with the tone and message of your blog as a whole. I’m with her and I’m with you.

  57. Misty says...

    Can’t vote for someone who supports abortion and doesn’t feel a baby, minutes before being born, has rights. Breaks my heart. I’m with life not her.

    • Stephanie says...

      Hi Misty. I live in Texas, work for an abortion provider, and have seen first hand what happens when abortion becomes near impossible to access due to politics. We’ve had women call our center and ask what household cleaning and cooking supplies can be used to end the pregnancy. We’ve had women call our center with inquiries on how to take illegal and unsafe medication purchased over the counter in Mexico. We’ve seen underage rape victims forced to carry their pregnancy to term. I urge you to research and rethink your position.

    • jen says...

      ‘:Minutes before being born’? Do you think Clinton is for abortion at 9 months? That is so not true.

    • Elly says...

      Abortion has a limit — 20 weeks, or viability. That’s a far cry from “minutes before being born.” Trump and his Republican party are totally against gun regulation, even simple background checks. Please watch the speech given by a mother of one of the Orlando massacre victims, wherein she describes how the automatic weapon that killed her son has the capacity to fire 30 shots in one minute. If you are really “with life,” you will not support a party that supports this gun going into the hands of everyday citizens.

    • M says...

      Do you honestly think anyone, ever, has carried a baby nearly to term and then decided “nah”? Even late-term abortions have their place. I recommend reading this interview (link below) with a woman who aborted a baby very late, a baby who wouldn’t have lived outside the womb. It’s tragic and heartbreaking—and sometimes the best option available to all concerned. For what it’s worth, this sort of procedure is exceedingly rare, so when we talk about abortion rights, it’s disingenuous to frame it the way that you do.

      http://jezebel.com/interview-with-a-woman-who-recently-had-an-abortion-at-1781972395

    • Misty, I implore you to educate yourself before adopting such misinformed convictions.

      Joanna, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for using your eloquent and intelligent voice to share your support for Hillary. You’re doing so much more good than you know. xo

    • Michelle says...

      Thank you Stephanie and Elly for your powerful responses!

      Misty,

      I got in a FB argument with a pregnant woman over the weekend who challenged my pregnant friend by asking her “how can you support someone who thinks the unborn has no rights and can let people tear that baby limb from limb from your womb without batting an eye.” After I called her on it, saying that allowing women to have rights and access to reproductive care DOES NOT equal to tearing anything from her womb without batting an eye, she told me to go watch an abortion video, better a late-term one, before telling her that it is okay.

      If pro-life people always link pregnancy termination with late term abortions, how can you see the whole picture? I am pro-choice all the way, but do I think abortions are unfortunate? YES. All abortions, no matter the circumstance, are unfortunate, and as a woman and a mother, my heart aches for women who have to go through it. And I frown upon those who choose it irresponsibly. I am pro-choice because not all women can afford to have a baby – financially/physically/mentally – at that exact moment of her life, and what about rape victims? What about expecting parents who have discovered their baby has developed abnormally? Who has the rights to make that decision for them – whether to end the pregnancy or give birth to a sick child and have a plan of life-long intensive care ready? No one should be told by their government what they can or cannot do with their bodies. It is not an easy choice, hell no. But it’s the pregnant woman’s choice.

      And Elly’s response is so on point, too. If you truly support life, then what’s your take on gun regulations? You think the unborn have rights. What about those of us who are living our daily lives, who go to work and school and theater and club, and wonder quietly if we are safe? Remember the Sandy Hook shooting back in 2012? That is most parents’ worst nightmare. I can’t support anyone who thinks gun regulation in the US is not necessary at this point and who opposes even the most basic background checks. I’m also with life, though it means different things to me than to you, and I’m also with women and children.

  58. Niya says...

    Dear Joanna & Team,
    Thank you for sharing this, despite the possibility of losing readers.

    The next leader of this country will impact, whether indirectly or directly, all of the things your blog addresses from travel to food to issues of motherhood. So it feels appropriate -and brave!- for you to state with whom you stand. Cheers!

  59. Liz says...

    I’m with you and with HER!

  60. Simone says...

    I may not agree with all your political views, Jo, but I’m so glad you are posting about the importance of voting! The freedom we have as Americans to speak up and express our political viewpoints is a wonderful thing that I think a lot of people take for granted.

    I wouldn’t want to see CupofJo turn into a full-on political blog (and really, people who have stated they will stop reading: do you think it ever will? That has never been the style or focus of this blog) because I have other sources for that information and love what Jo and her team do here, but it IS a facet of culture and lifestyle and, I think, completely appropriate to post about at pivotal moments in history.

  61. Thank you for this post! Love y’all!

  62. Yes yes yes and thank you!!!

  63. Loved this post. It’s an important election and an extremely polarizing one as well. This is your platform and I’m glad you used it. It’s okay to step out of the norm and post things a little more serious. You obviously can’t please everyone and it always makes me LOL when people are all, “how dare you?!” Why not? Use your platform how you want to. I’m sure it was decided after a lot of thought. I think it’s important to discuss these important issues, even when people disagree! Which I don’t, my vote is Hilary, but I was really hoping it would be Bernie Sanders.

  64. Jessica says...

    Don’t normally comment, but chiming in with my support for this post. Keep it up!

  65. amanda says...

    thank you thank you thank you for standing up through this post for women, and for the future of this country. I was so happy to know my favorite blogger has the courage to take a side and stand for it! I think it’s not even a matter of republican vs. democrat anymore, it’s just sane vs. insane! We can’t let DT win- it’s a truly terrifying thought. I am with HER!!

  66. Tiffany says...

    Bravo, Joanna & co!

  67. AC says...

    Such a wonderful post. Couldn’t agree more about the importance of the upcoming election. I’m with Her!!

  68. jenna says...

    I won’t be voting for Hilary, but even still I LOVE this post! THANK YOU for it!

  69. Nikki says...

    Bravo Joanna and team! Thank you for being brave enough to share this. As someone who firmly believe it’s impolite to talk publicly about religion and politics, this election has me feeling otherwise. It’s just too darn important to remain quiet this time around. Thanks for taking a risk and making your opinion known!

  70. Too important an election not to speak up.
    Well done.

  71. notbuyingit says...

    Seeing a lot of comments from folks who feel their “safety” has been violated by a gentle, mild post that honors underrepresented groups and encourages voting. Maybe rethink your definition of safety, folks. Also ask yourself: would you make the same criticism if Jo & her team were male?

    • Sonya says...

      Yes, absolutely. Some of the blogs I read are written by males as well and I’d totally say something. (To use an example, if Leo of Zen Habits made a overtly political post, straying from his usual content, it would be very obvious, just like how this was.)
      I wish everyone was capable of keeping an open mind, seeing all of the viewpoints, and still debating in a kind and non-condescending manner, but unfortunately it’s a very heated subject and that’s not the kind of content I come to this blog for, despite how important it is for our country right now.

    • Ula says...

      I agree with Sonya! Cup of Jo has always been well balanced and open-minded. It used to facilitate discussions and never stand firmly on one side. Everyone could feel included. This post is so different, inviting condescending comments towards anyone who expresses a difference of opinion or skepticism towards the prevalent excitement about one candidate.
      As much as I appreciate the importance of this election, I also don’t look for political advice on this blog.

    • DR says...

      Wow, the narrative those of you are inserting into this gentle, thoughtful post says so much more about you than it does Jo.

  72. Gabrielle says...

    Good for y’all!! Use your platform for all that it’s worth

  73. Lindsey says...

    This is America; everyone is free to voice their opinions, including lifestyle bloggers. Whether you praise or condemn Jo’s choice in this instance, we should rejoice in the fact that we live in a country that protects free speech and freedom of expression.

    • Lisa says...

      YES!!!

    • Chand says...

      Yes!

  74. The optimistic part is what got me too.

    You are so so brave, Joanna. You always fold in the serious stuff perfectly.

    xo,
    Rachel

  75. Disheartened says...

    This is so disappointing. As someone who works in politics, I come here to escape a little, not to have political views thrown in my face, no matter how important you feel they are to share.

    • Heather D says...

      I feel the same way! I also work in politics and yearn for a few minutes of guilty pleasure blog-reading during a stressful day. I’m so immersed in this stuff already. Just want a break, ya know?!

    • heather says...

      Every day I have to cook breakfast and dinner for my three children, and it is always a stressful part of my day because I find cooking boring and I’m not very good at it, so when I see a Cup of Jo piece including a recipe, I just don’t read it, because that particular content of the blog isn’t interesting to me at all. If there were a lot more recipes on her blog, I probably wouldn’t visit as often. But I wouldn’t tell Cup of Jo that I’m disappointed in them for “throwing recipes in my face.” I don’t understand why people who don’t want to read about this particular topic or any particular topic feel like they’re being forced to read it.

    • Cindy Z. says...

      So a view that does not align with yours is “thrown in your face?” If it feels that combative, perhaps you need to reevaluate your position until you have a level of confidence in it to permit intellectual discourse, rather than feeling threatened by an opinion by someone whose blog you enjoy.

    • Disheartened says...

      I never said her views didn’t align with mine. What I did say is that I was disappointed. Disappointed to see this content generally on the blog. It isn’t unique to a Cup of Jo either, other bloggers do it too and I find it equally as annoying. But I go to this website and enjoy it for the lifestyle content, not political opinions. I don’t go to NPR Politics for recipes.

    • Diana says...

      I have to agree with Heather #2, just don’t read the content you’re uncomfortable with.

    • rachel says...

      Oh my gosh, it is one post out of 9320975763247148 other non-political posts on this website. You consider this “throwing it in your face”?? Close the window and come back in 24 hours when there will be a new non-political post.

  76. Diana says...

    Thank you so much for this! Watching the DNC has just made me so much more optimistic about the future of our beautiful and diverse country. I’m excited to cast my (historic!) vote in November. #imwithher

  77. H says...

    Really? Definitely do not read your blog for political articles as these issues can be alienating instead of inclusive and are just about every where else on the internet. Not cool. : (

  78. I applaud the cup of jo team for tackling this subject with the grace and poise they bring to all of their content.

  79. mandy says...

    thank you for posting Joanna + team! what a brave choice! i love this blog and find it surprising that other readers would only want your opinions on less consequential things such as beach towels and books! to me, this space feels even safer because you were willing to be vocal. i also don’t even find this very controversial… simply bringing light to an incredible speech. surely no loyal readers would have expected you to endorse Trump! thank you again and I can’t wait for the post celebrating our first female president!

    #ImwithHer
    xo

  80. Jean says...

    Thank you for speaking out! This is too important to stay silent. I appreciate the comments from those in Britain emphasizing to get out and vote as to not passively let an terrible and not well thought out result occur (re Britex). As someone who has voted conservative her entire life, this year it is such an easy decision to vote Hillary. Trump plays to the emotional and frustrated heart stings of Americans, but this a president does not make. Hate, extremism and isolationism are steps backwards that we history proves never lead to a beneficial outcome. I do not understand the outright hate for Hillary and for many using that as a reason to vote for trump (the other option is really better???). People cite the email scam and Benghazi over and over, but ask them what Benghazi rally was, what happened there, what might have been corrected in retrospect, and they will stare at you with blank eyes. In the world of sound bites few seem to dig into and understand the full story of the events around us. Let’s do better, be better.

    • Abby says...

      Completely agree !! Everyone sites Benghazi yet no one really knows what that is !! #imwithher

  81. Sara says...

    Thank you for speaking up!! This is such an important election and we cannot allow a monster like Trump to be president. Love trumps hate. . .always!! #ImWithHer

  82. I really respect Michelle Obama! I am British person and from the EU Referendum, I can definitely agree that every vote counts! It’s important to keep fighting and show your support for Clinton before it is too late!

  83. Just echoing the many thanks! I supported Bernie in the primary, but now, I’m with her, too.

  84. jen says...

    Simply, I love you.

  85. Kat says...

    Yes! I was a Bernie supporter from the start – not because I disliked Hillary but because, as a struggling post-grad student, I REALLY liked Bernie. But it’s time to wake up and smell the bigotry, and we have to do everything possible to keep Trump out of the White House…plus Hillary is really an excellent candidate (and, let’s be honest, will do much better with foreign policy than Bernie would have). Thank you for not staying silent in such an important election!

    • D. says...

      Agreed! Couldn’t have said it better myself. =)

  86. Sonya says...

    There’s so much political coverage already all over the media, and you’ve rarely mentioned politics on this blog in the past. Politics is such a polarizing subject. It makes me sad that you are now choosing to alienate a large portion of your loyal readers that may not have the same viewpoint as you.

    • Marta says...

      We’re all adults here. Everyone will be just fine if a grown woman who happens to have an interest in the future of her country shares her political views once (in a gentle, inclusive manner I might add) on her own blog. If you disagree, you’re welcome to vote otherwise, to express your viewpoints on your own platforms or even here – nothing wrong with a healthy and intelligent discourse! And as you can see from the comments, no opposing viewpoints are being edited out. This election will have a tremendous impact on everyone’s lives (not just in America, but around the world) and it’s important for women to be engaged with it.

    • Charli says...

      I understand how someone’s political view can feel alienating if it is not shared. What I’ve been thinking about a lot lately is how unwilling we are in this country to discuss politics and differing views in an understanding and civil way. If any forum can do that, I think this is one of them. Healthy discussion is SO critical to our future as a strong and unified country and we have to start somewhere.

      I have a story. My husband and I are liberal in some ways and moderate in others. My large, extended Texas family is very conservative. We are just now back in Texas and sort of meeting them for the first time (for me, the first time in 10 years). My husband and my most conservative, vocal cousin just LOVE (LOVE!) to talk politics and they do it in a way that is somehow respectful, intelligent, and civil even though they have pretty different views on things. That’s not to say they don’t make fun of each other a bit, but usually they both come away from the discussion with a different perspective. My cousin and his wife know we are voting for Hillary, we know they are voting for Trump and we’re currently planning on spending Thanksgiving together – willingly!

    • Heather says...

      I think it’s crazy that people slaughter animals to eat them. I haven’t stopped reading this blog because she posts a recipe with meat in it. Then again, I’m interested in multiple viewpoints that aren’t necessarily my own. I think it helps to eliminate ignorance.

    • DR says...

      having a different choice in political candidate is “alienating”? That’s your choice if you are allowing that, not hers or anyone else’s. If you can’t agree to disagree on someone else’s choice of candidate and discussion of said candidate, that’s respectfully your own issue.

  87. Lori says...

    I cannot fathom all that is overlooked as someone casts a vote for Hillary. I loved your blog and I love the freedom we each have to speak. Sadly, I will no longer visit your blog because I am seriously seeking a space where politics is not involved. I plan to vote for Trump- not because he is a perfect candidate but because he is not Hilary. I wish you and your cute boys the best.

    • Samantha says...

      That is an atrocious, borderline apocalyptic reason to vote for Trump. A “successful” businessman does not a good president make. The man does not at all engage in logical discourse. He is asked to delineate his policies and he just reverts back to “making America great again.” We are all entitled to our own opinions, and it is impossible for everyone to agree. Having said that, EDUCATE YOURSELF. Voting for Trump because he is not Hillary is just plain ignorant.

    • heather says...

      I understand questioning credibility and judgment after using her private email, and Benghazi – and I do hope that Hilary learned from these issues – but is there anything else I’m overlooking? I feel like in the great balance of things, her lifetime devotion to public service – to children, the handicapped, members of the armed forces – outweigh these issues, especially when you compare her to someone who has repeatedly claimed that he saw thousands of muslims celebrating after 9/11, and wants to muslims to be registered (!), and who casually refers to women as “pieces of a**,” – in short, seems to sort of hate a whole lot of Americans. But maybe I’m missing something. What else am I overlooking about Hilary that makes her worse than Trump?

    • Jill says...

      This comment makes me so sad. You loved Jo’s blog, but now you’re going to stop reading it because she expressed her opinion in a way that was respectful and inclusive? It’s okay to have different opinions. Cutting yourself off from anyone who disagrees with yours is so silly.

    • DC says...

      What Jill said

    • What Heather said!

    • Jamie says...

      Hi Lori,

      In the spirit of a healthy and friendly political discourse, here are some of the things I am unable to overlook about Trump:
      – The fact that he is vocally expressed his admiration for totalitarian dictators like Vladimir Putin, Kim Jung-Un and Saddam Hussein.
      – The fact that as a businessman, he has engaged in fraudulent behavior, frequently refused to honor contractual wages owed to workers (which is the reason for nearly 3,500 lawsuits against him) and personally profited from things like his multiple bankruptcies and a September 11 recovery fund (which he took $150,000 from despite later saying that his businesses were not impact by 9/11).
      – The fact that he has no record of public service, even outside of the political realm.
      – The fact that his economic policies do not make any fiscal sense.
      – The fact that he referred to Mexicans as “rapists”.
      – The fact that he has made fun of the disabled.
      – The fact that he has said he would ban Muslims from the United States.
      – His undeniable record of misogyny, frequently referring to women as “pigs” and “disgusting animals”, several charges of sexual harassment and allegations of sexual assault from an ex-wife.
      – His public support for Brexit, which he openly admitted was because it was due to the personal profit he could make from tourism to his Scottish golf properties (after the UK’s economy tanked).
      – The fact that he had to settle with the federal government over racial housing discrimination in the 1970s. The same goes for tenant intimidation.
      – The fact that he was convicted by the FTC of antitrust violation in the 1980s.
      – According to workers in his properties, he has exhibited a pattern of discrimination against African American employees.
      – His refusal to fully condemn the white supremacist organizations campaigning for him (including the KKK).
      – He forcefully campaigned for the wrongful imprisonment of the Central Park Five.
      – He praised the physical assault of a peaceful Black Lives Matter protestor and a homeless Latino man by his supporters.
      – The fact that his vice presidential pick has said that gay couples signal “societal collapse” and advocated for conversion therapy.
      – The fact that he insulted John McCain for being a POW (when he himself has never served in the armed forces because he dodged the draft).
      – The fact that he indulged in delusional conspiracy theories (e.g. Obama’s birth certificate, the claim that Ted Cruz’s father was part of the JFK assassination).

      That’s a beginning anyway!

  88. Katie says...

    Yes!

  89. Jean says...

    I read your blog daily, and normally, I love the fact that it is an escape from the grind of the news. But I thank you for this. Michelle’s speech was wonderful. I still remember my 92 year old neighbor, a lovely Southern woman, holding my arm and telling me how happy she was to have lived long enough to vote for the first female President. Unfortunately, she passed this winter. I will proudly cast my vote for her.

    And for those who want to bring their negativity and anger because someone supports a candidate they don’t, meh. A big part of a graceful life is listening respectfully to others. For goodness’ sake, vote however you desire, but there’s no need to be mad at those folks whose lives have led them to hold other values. Be kind.

    • Sam says...

      “A big part of a graceful life is listening respectfully to others.” Love that!!

  90. Rebecca says...

    I’m British so obviously can’t vote in the American election, but I totally agree that it’s so important to use your vote. We just had our EU Referendum go through and roughly 30% of those eligible and registered to vote didn’t make it out to the polling stations. And it’s such a terrible shame.

    If you’re not sure who to vote for then I can’t emphasise enough just how important it is to put in a little time and do your research. Pick whoever you feel represents you the best based on their policies. Personally I’m a Hillary supporter, and I think it’s a shame that some Democrats for whom she wasn’t their first choice seem to be considering boycotting her. Surely she’s still more aligned with your principles than Trump?

    The most important thing is to make your vote count, by which I don’t mean simply voting but that you should spend some time really considering who you want to be in charge of your country for the next few years. It’s an important decision, and most of us end up spending less time considering what we truly want than what we’re going to have for dinner!

    Rebecca xx
    http://www.thestyleshake.com

    • Sara Smith says...

      Makes sense because her husband acts like a King.

  91. Michelle says...

    Just wanted to add my voice to those who have already applauded your willingness to express your political viewpoint here—an essential action at this critical juncture!

  92. Kate says...

    If South Africa can survive a president with 5 wives, 25 children and absolutely no morality of any kind, I can assure you you guys will be OK either way. As one person commented, the US is not it’s president. From what I have read both Hillary and Trump would sell their Granny to get into the Oval office. I would be far more afraid of the power of Big Pharma, Big Food and Big OIl in your country than it’s president.

    • Jamie says...

      I respectfully disagree! To begin, American presidents are named the commanders in chief of the armed forces by the Constitution. That is a tremendous amount of power, both for Americans (especially the people who serve their country) and those abroad. In the past, there have been devastating consequences of this responsibility being abused – from Andrew Jackson’s genocide of the Cherokee nation/The Trail of Tears to George W. Bush’s false claims that there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. I won’t call the latter a lie in the spirit of fairness, but he was wrong and as a result, thousands of American troops were killed, hundreds of thousands of Iraqis were killed (many civilians) and a nation was left in utter ruins. The economic policies of Presidents – from the New Deal to Reagonomics to the government policies that enabled the 2008 financial crisis – impact the lives of livelihoods of every American (especially working Americans), whether for better or for worse. Presidents have been crucial in important American progress like the end of slavery (Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation), racial equality (LBJ’s steps towards desegregation) and advancing the rights of the LGBTQ community (Obama’s repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and hate crime prevention legislation). They are a huge part of setting foreign policy (worrisome since Trump has publicly expressed admiration for the likes of Putin, Kim Jong-Un and just this month – Saddam Hussein). I could go on all day! In short, it matters very much.

    • Virginia says...

      The US has an aging Supreme Court and already one vacancy waiting to be filled on the bench. The person who wins this presidential election will likely appoint several justices in the next 4 or 8 years. It ABSOLUTELY DOES MATTER who wins this election, as their choices will have serious repercussions for literally decades (Supreme Court justices don’t have term limits – they serve until they retire or pass away).

    • jen says...

      In the U.S. the president is a very powerful person. He has almost unfettered freedom in foreign police (see George W. Bush) and can really mess things up. It is more important than you think.