Disparaging remarks about divorced fathers that former first lady Michelle Obama made this week have spurred a reemergence of accusations that she’s secretly a misandrist who hates men.
During an interview in London as part of her ongoing book tour, the former first lady told interviewer Stephen Colbert that living in President Donald Trump’s otherwise booming America is equivalent to the tribulations of “living with divorced dad,” as she put it.
“We come from a broken family, we are a little unsettled,” she said in reference to the American people. “Sometimes you spend the weekend with divorced dad. That feels like fun but then you get sick. That is what America is going through. We are living with divorced dad.”
The dismissive remark about divorced fathers, of which there are millions in the United States, hasn’t sat well with some, including Fox News host Sean Hannity and FNC contributor Geraldo Rivera.
“[S]he’s reduced us to a sexist stereotype with a bad parent who gives candy and lets the kids watch too much TV because we have a guilty conscience about the breakup of the marriage,” Rivera, a formerly divorced father who’s since remarried, said Tuesday evening on FNC’s “Hannity.”
“I think it’s a rare misstep though Sean, in fairness,” he added as usual (given his habitual tendency to posit ridiculous excuses for the most indefensible remarks or behavior).
Listen to the first part of the discussion below:
“No passes here on that,” Hannity angrily responded.
“How do you make a pass on for the first time in my adult life, I’m proud of America?” he added, referring to the time that that Obama responded to her husband’s victories in the 2008 Democrat election primaries by expressing her newfound pride for America.
That’s an epic faux pas that’s haunted the former first lady ever since. Hannity’s point was that, given Obama’s history of faux pas, she doesn’t deserve a break or “pass,” as he put it.
Michelle Obama said she was never proud of her country til they elected her husband POTUS. I’ve never been prouder since we got rid of him. pic.twitter.com/pzAxahe7eD
— David A. Clarke, Jr. (@SheriffClarke) February 17, 2017
Guest Tammy Bruce agreed with Hannity’s sentiment and added that the first lady has always been “very honest” and “doesn’t tend to edit herself,” meaning what she said Monday likely wasn’t a one-off mistake but rather her expressing her sincere attitude toward divorced dads.
Bruce continued by noting that the former first lady’s remarks were demeaning to women too.
“The problem here is it’s not just insulting to men and for every woman and man out in that audience who didn’t quite know why she was insulting them, but it relies also on the other side of the coin which is the gender stereotype of women that all women are supposed to be either great mothers or only women can raise children or only women can be good parents,” she said.
“The gender stereotyping that the left is normally going out against, she really destroys in that regard. This is one of my points about the left and liberals. If you scratch the service a little bit, you get these real opinions that are quite the opposite of what they have been arguing for.”
True. Hypocrisy sand double standards have always been inexorable traits of the Democrat Party. A great example of this is how socialist Democrat presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders constantly rails about the rich allegedly not paying their fair share of taxes. Yet whenever he’s asked why he doesn’t volunteer more of his earnings, he cops a big attitude.
An even better example may be how Democrats support sanctuary city policies up until it affects them personally. Then suddenly they turn into anti-sanctuary-city advocates.
Listen to the rest of the discussion below:
As the discussion approached its conclusion, Hannity tried one last time to convince Rivera that the former first lady doesn’t deserve a break or “pass.”
“Real quick. Why do they get a pass, Geraldo? If a conservative said this, forget it,” he noted.
“Because of she’s made 50 speeches in the last 40 days, and this is the first time you’ve heard something that was a Misstep. She’s an elegant lady …,” Geraldo replied.
“You are so forgiving,” Hannity said.
Too forgiving, many would argue.
Though Rivera clearly believes Obama is an “elegant” person who just misspoke by accident — whoopsie daisy — other Americans appear certain that what she said was no mistake. If anything, it was just another stark reminder of her misandrist ways:
Not sure if I’m more disturbed about the comparison or that she believes divorced dads are inherently “bad.” Seems a bit misandrist to me, but what else would you expect from a hypocrite like @MichelleObama ? https://t.co/Ydz4Jfwjo5
— FlaKyGrl (@jenbeth69) April 16, 2019
Michelle Obama comparing Donald Trump to a divorced dad..I have no idea what point she was trying to make. Why would a divorced dad make someone sick? What kind of misandrist is she?
— DrummerDrew101 (@DrummrDrew101) April 16, 2019
@MichelleObama being with dad for the weekend doesnt make my daughter sick. Spending time with you might make her sick with your blatant misandry. Kids love their dads and their moms Michelle. Get it right.
— Matthew Ridgeway (@MatthewRidgewa7) April 16, 2019
@MichelleObama so, being a divorced dad makes him a bad person? Given that the current divorce rate is between 40-50%, you just slammed a whole lot of people. Not to mention your misandry is showing again. Only divorced MEN are bad. You’re as ignorant as you ever were.
— Phil Bourassa (Phildonicus Lascivious Grabbus) (@phildo1965) April 16, 2019
Spoken like a true misandrist @MichelleObama
— Jack Jones (@meetjackjones) April 17, 2019
Sounds like misandry and sexism, Michelle.
Isn’t this the same thing Trump and Republicans are accused of?
— Unbiased Honesty (@HonestyUnbiased) May 7, 2018
Even the contributors at CNN reportedly found fault with Obama’s rhetoric.
“That was a sexist comment,” one CNN contributor said in a clip played Tuesday by Hannity.
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