First lady Michelle Obama made the case for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in Arizona on Thursday, a deeply red state.
Just hours after the final presidential debate, Obama made the stakes clear, criticizing Trump for his vision without ever saying his name.
“We have a candidate whose vision for our country is completely and utterly lacking in hope, a candidate who tells us our country is desperate and weak, that our communities are in chaos, that our fellow citizens are a threat,” she said.
Obama bashed Trump for his continued claims that the election is rigged and refusal to state whether he would accept the results of the election.
“You do not keep American democracy in ‘suspense,’” the first lady said. “Too many people have marched, and protested, and fought and died for this democracy.”
Arizona, which has gone Republican 15 out of the last 16 elections, is the closest state in the country, according to the polling average from RealClearPolitics, which shows Clinton leading by 0.2 points.
Trump’s unpopularity with Mormon and Native American populations in Arizona is hurting his polling average in the state.
Clinton is using her slight lead to her advantage, flooding the state with surrogates in hopes of widening her lead ahead of election day.