Former First Lady Michelle Obama has asserted that U.S. women who did not cast a ballot for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during the November 2016 election had voted against their own interests.
On Sept. 27, Obama sat down for a speaking engagement at a marketing conference in Boston, Massachusetts. The former first lady stated during a question-and-answer panel that she believed female voters had betrayed their own interests during the 2016 election.
"Quite frankly, we saw this in this election, as far as I'm concerned, any woman who voted against Hillary Clinton voted against their own voice," Obama said, according to ABC News.
The former first lady also offered a critique of women who preferred President Donald Trump over Clinton.
"What does it mean for us, as women, that we look at those two candidates ... and many of us said, 'That guy?'" Obama said. "'He's better for me. His voice is more true to me.' Well, to me that just says, you don't like your voice. You like the thing you're told to like."
Obama added that she believed American women often struggle to find their own voices in a male-dominated society, The Boston Globe reports.
"We've been socialized to sit there and be quiet," Obama continued. "We think in our heads 'maybe I'm wrong.' We have to be perfect."
Obama maintained that she and her husband, former President Barack Obama, still wanted the Trump administration to be a success.
"We want the sitting president to be successful, because we live in this country," Obama concluded. "He is our commander-in-chief. He was voted in. We may not like it, but it happened."
Obama had campaigned for Clinton during the 2016 election. In October 2016, she blasted Trump following the leaking of his comments during a 2005 segment on "Access Hollywood," when he privately bragged about groping and kissing women without asking for consent.
"The fact is in this election we have a candidate for president of the United States who over the course of his lifetime and the course of this campaign has said things about women that are so shocking, so demeaning ... I can't believe I'm saying that a candidate for president of the United States has bragged about sexually assaulting women," Obama said at the time, according to Politico.
Exit polls of the 2016 election found that 54 percent of female voters supported Clinton while 52 percent had cast a ballot for Trump. While 94 percent of black women voted for Clinton, a majority 52 percent of white women supported Trump, according to CNN.