Donald Trump has launched a rare attack on First Lady Michelle Obama, saying “all she wants to do is campaign” for Hillary Clinton.
The Republican nominee also accused Michelle Obama of attacking Hillary Clinton in 2007 by invoking a line she had said about fitness to run the White House.
The Obama campaign had denied the line referred to Hillary Clinton.
Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, accused Donald Trump of threatening democracy if he did not accept the election result.
“We know the difference between leadership and dictatorship, and the peaceful transition of power is one of the things that sets us apart,” the Democratic nominee told a crowd in Cleveland, Ohio.
“Donald Trump refused to say that he’d respect the results of this election. By doing that, he’s threatening our democracy.”
At his own rally in North Carolina, Donald Trump told supporters: “I see how much [Michelle Obama] likes Hillary.”
“But wasn’t she the one that originally started the statement, <<If you can’t take care of your home>>, right? <<You can’t take care of the White House or the country?>> Where’s that? I don’t hear that. I don’t hear that.”
Donald Trump was referring to a remark Michelle Obama made in 2007 while campaigning for her husband, who was running against Hillary Clinton.
Back in 2007, Michelle Obama said: “If you can’t run your own house, you certainly can’t run the White House.”
Some critics asked whether the comment had been aimed at Hillary Clinton’s relationship with her husband, former President Bill Clinton.
However, the Obama campaign maintained the line was not directed at the Clintons and instead referred to their own struggle with parenting during a campaign.
“So, we’ve adjusted our schedules to make sure that our girls are first, so while he’s traveling around, I do day trips,” Michelle Obama continued in her 2007 speech.
“That means I get up in the morning, I get the girls ready, I get them off, I go and do trips, I’m home before bedtime.”
Donald Trump was back on the campaign trail a day after he and Hillary Clinton appeared together at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation charity dinner in New York City.
The event, which takes place during election years, offers presidential candidates a chance to crack jokes about one another.
However, Alfred E. Smith V told CNN on October 21 that Donald Trump had “crossed the line and took it a little too far”.