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In this image from video, former first lady Michelle Obama speaks during the first night of the Democratic National Convention on Monday, Aug. 17, 2020. (Democratic National Convention via AP)

Donald Trump is “clearly in over his head” as US president and must be voted out of office, Michelle Obama has said in one of her most out-spoken attacks on her husband’s successor since the couple left office in 2017.

Mrs. Obama, the former first lady and wife of Barack Obama, used her keynote address on the opening night of the Democratic convention to make a rare public critique of Mr. Trump and his suitability to office.

“So, let me be as honest and clear as I possibly can. Donald trump is the wrong president for our country. He has had more than enough time to prove that he can do the job but he is clearly in over his head. He cannot meet this moment. He simply cannot be who we need him to be for us,” she said during the televised event.

Echoing Trumps sentiments with regards to the over one hundred and seventy thousand Americans who have been killed by the coronavirus, she said, ‘it is what it is.’

She continued, “now I understand that my message won’t be heard by some people. We live in a nation that is deeply divided and I am a black woman speaking at the democratic convention but enough of you know me by now. You know that I tell you exactly what I am feeling. You know I hate politics. But you also know how much I care about this nation. You know how much I care about all our children.”

“So, if you take one thing form my words tonight it is this: if you think things cannot possibly get worse trust me, they can and they will if we don’t make a change in this election.”

She called on Americans ‘to vote for Joe Biden in numbers that cannot be ignored’ as she claimed that there are currently ‘folks who know they cannot win fair and square at the ballot box’ who are doing everything they can to stop people from voting, a reference to current US President Donald Trump.

“They’re closing down polling places in minority neighborhoods, they’re purging voter rolls, they’re sending people out to intimidate voters and they’re lying about the security of our ballots. These tactics are not new, but this is not the time to withhold our votes in protest or to play games with candidates who have no chance of winning.”