Right-wing political operative Roger Stone has floated the idea of Michelle Obama running for president in 2024.
Stone, who is a former advisor to President Donald Trump, made the suggestion at the Turning Point USA’s ACTCON
“As a veteran of many years in American politics, I’m going to tell you something somewhat shocking. Joe Biden will not be the nominee of the Democrat Party in 2024. Kamala Harris will briefly become president but the only way in their party they can replace a woman of color is with another woman of color. And yes you’ve heard it here first, the Democratic nominee for president will be Michelle Obama,” Stone said.
“I think Michelle Obama would be a formidable candidate,” Stone said. “She’s popular, she’s articulate, and she’s a great fundraiser.”
That same crowd heard this same thing way back in 2022 at CPAC, where this ridiculous theory was also floated. Former Trump treasury secretary Monica Crowley was on a panel at CPAC 2022 and said, pretty much the same thing.
“If [Democrats] were to run Michelle Obama,” Crowley said, during a panel session, “that would put us in a very difficult position because they’d reach for a candidate who is completely plausible, very popular, and immune to criticism.
“Also, when you think about her positioning, she [was a Democratic convention] keynote speaker in 2020, she wrote her autobiography [Becoming, a bestseller] and did a 50-city tour, she has massive Netflix and Spotify deals, and she’s got a voting rights group alongside [the Georgia politician and campaigner] Stacey Abrams.”
Right-wing commentators have seized on Stone’s suggestion as evidence that the Democrats are desperate to find a candidate who can beat President Trump in 2024. They argue that Michelle Obama is a polarizing figure who would be a liability for the Democrats.
The left-wing response to Stone’s suggestion has been more mixed. Some left-wing commentators have said that they would be open to Michelle Obama running for president, while others have said that they are not sure if she would be the best candidate for the job.
I predict that Michelle Obama will be the Democrat Party Nominee for President in 2024.
— Roger Stone (@RogerJStoneJr) July 17, 2023