Donald Trump’s campaign lawyer has suggested the ‘low level depression’ Michelle Obama admitted to in her podcast Wednesday is down to her ‘liberalism’.
Jenna Ellis was responding to comments made by the former first lady in which she admitted that she is ‘dealing with some form of low-grade depression’ because of the pandemic, racial strife — and the ‘hypocrisy’ of the Trump administration.
Speaking to Fox News Thursday Ellis said: ‘I think that this is more of an issue of Michelle Obama’s liberalism, because the Family Institute for Studies has shown that actually conservatives tend to be more joyful and more happy overall with their lives because we still believe in the pillars of society, which is the church and the family.
‘So I would encourage Michelle Obama to go to church and to find meaning in the Lord Jesus Christ as her own personal savior.’
Conservatives tend to be more joyful overall because we still believe in the pillars of society, including the church and the family.
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The former first lady uploaded episode two of ‘The Michelle Obama Podcast’ on Spotify Wednesday, featuring a discussion with NPR’s Michele Norris.
During the conversation, Michelle spoke candidly about her ’emotional highs and lows,’ specifically calling out how ‘exhausting’ and ‘dispiriting’ it is to watch how Trump responds to ‘yet another story’ of a black man or person being hurt or killed.
Former DC Democratic Party leader A. Scott Bolden sympathized with the former first lady during the segment on Fox Thursday.
He said: ‘I certainly agree with her. 30 percent plus, according to the census bureau, all of us are feeling some form of anxiety or depression, low-level — she didn’t say clinical — because of this pandemic, the lack of leadership, and the numbers keep going up.
‘Of the racial strife that this president will not address to bring this country together, and the economy.’
But Ellis, ho also advised Trump during impeachment, hit back: ‘I’d really like to know what Scott is referring to when he’s talking about this president with all of the coronavirus response, it’s been absolutely excellent, and when you’re talking about his ability to serve the Black community, are you talking about the First Step Act?
‘Are you talking about the fact that he is so pro-life and has reduced as much as possible Planned Parenthood?’
Ellis, a legal advisor to the Trump 2020 campaign, previously ran a policy center at the James Dobson Institute and taught legal studies at Colorado Christian University. In books, columns, and on TV she has regularly gone after liberal judges and LGBT rights.
Trump brought her on as an advisor after watching her on Fox News, Axios reported.
Obama had said: ‘Spiritually, these are not fulfilling times.’
She said she is battling some form of 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.
‘I don’t think I’m unusual, in that,’ she added. ‘But 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.
‘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.
‘And it has led to a weight that I haven’t felt in my life, in a while.’
After Ellis suggested Obama ‘go to church’ Bolden hit back: ‘Well African-Americans believe in God a lot, and I gotta tell you, it’s a real anxious, unsteady period of time, not just now but over 400 years of being Black in this country.
‘Donald Trump needs to do something to bring all of us together, and you can’t tell me about racism or what it’s like to be Black in this country or to be brutalized by the police.’
Ellis replied: ‘Well then Scott, why are you talking about Michelle Obama? She’s a female, so if you’re going to say I can’t speak on Black issues, you can’t speak on women’s issues and you can’t respond to Michelle Obama as a woman.
‘That’s an invalid argument.’
Bolden told Ellis: ‘I can agree with her that I am depressed too, and this president is a big part of that depression that at least 30 percent of America is feeling because of America’s instability. It’s depressing.
‘This president has no answers and we’re in the middle of a pandemic, and that’s why his numbers are in the negative about reelection.’