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There’s One Person Donald Trump Did Not Try to Mess With Last Night: Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Monday.

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On Monday night, Donald Trump posted disparaging tweets about Democratic National Convention speakers Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Cory Booker. But there was one high-profile keynoter he did not attack: Michelle Obama, whose address was the consensus highlight of the evening.

Is Donald Trump scared of Michelle Obama? A search of his Twitter account indicates only nine of his 32,000 tweets have referred to her despite her close connection to a man Trump believes to be a Muslim saboteur. Even those tweets are fairly low-energy by Trump standards. Here’s a typical example:

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Terrible! Another:

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(Reminder: Donald Trump claims his own hair is natural even though there used to be a sketchy hair-weave company located on the same floor as his personal office.)

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(The “your excellency” thing was from a scene on the Nickelodeon show iCarly. Devastating.)

One reason Trump might have been quiet on Monday, obviously, is that his campaign just had to admit that Melania Trump copied sections of her own convention speech from Michelle’s 2008 convention speech in Denver. In the course of making that admission, as it happens, Trump speechwriter Meredith McIver wrote that Melania has “always liked” Michelle. On that front, here’s one more tweet Donald Trump has sent:

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Wow, sounds like someone is a little jealous! Think about it: Donald Trump spends 90–100 percent of his waking hours clenching his fists and fuming about Barack Obama while smoke comes out his ears like a guy in a cartoon. Barack, meanwhile, generally ignores Trump and answers to only one person: Michelle, a figure who Trump’s own wife openly admires (and copies from) and who is vastly more popular than he is. Everywhere Donald Trump turns, Michelle Obama is getting the better of him! He just can’t figure out how to get an edge on her, and it induces a state in which he very rarely finds himself: the state of having nothing to say. (Update, 7:40 p.m.: Trump has commented on Michelle Obama’s speech—and not only did he not criticize it, he praised it.)

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