Former first lady Michelle Obama said President Trump’s refusal to concede the election to Democrat Joseph R. Biden and cooperate with a transition is putting “our country’s health and security in danger.”
“The presidency doesn’t belong to any one individual or any one party,” Mrs. Obama said on Instagram. “To pretend that it does, to play along with these groundless conspiracy theories — whether for personal or political gain — is to put our country’s health and security in danger. This isn’t a game.”
She urged “all Americans, especially our nation’s leaders, regardless of party, to honor the electoral process and do your part to encourage a smooth transition of power, just as sitting presidents have done throughout our history.”
Mrs. Obama said she was “hurt and disappointed” when Hillary Clinton lost the election in November 2016 to Mr. Trump.
She said she and Mr. Obama nevertheless prepared for a smooth transition of power to Mr. Trump. Mrs. Obama