Michelle Obama is facing a backlash after she compared the election of Trump to America being under the care of a ‘divorced dad.’
The former first lady used the clumsy metaphor to describe Trump’s unexpected electoral appeal during the latest stage of her whistle-stop Becoming book tour in London on Tuesday.
The uncharacteristically snide comments, which attempted to explain America’s decision to elect the controversial Republican president in 2016, were greeted with anger as many took offence at the stereotype of divorced dads being poor parents.
Obama, who famously once proclaimed ‘when they go low, we go high’, joked to the evening’s host Stephen Colbert that – like choosing to live with a divorced dad – the choice to elect Trump may initially have seemed appealing but quickly turned sour.
She said: ‘We [America] come from a broken family, we are a little unsettled. 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.’
Obama, whose memoir has sold more than 10 million copies since its release five months ago, is typically reserved in her comments towards twice-divorced Trump, making her tongue-in-cheek remarks all the more extraordinary.
Divorced fathers took significant offence to the comments, hitting out at FLOTUS on Twitter.
‘Criticizing divorced parents or single dads is really a low blow,’ said one parent on Twitter.
Another said: ‘I’m a divorced dad who loves his kids and is every bit of a good parent as a divorced mom. I generally don’t like Trump and did like you, but you’ve shown that you can say just as rude and insensitive comment as Trump.’
James Wilkinson said: ‘As a divorced dad who gives his all every weekend, I gotta ask… come again?’
Jason Catena added: ‘As a divorced dad, I do my best to raise my son into a kind of man of which we all can be proud. Your comments doesn’t help people see that I’m conscientious and competent [enough] to do a good job.’