Michelle Obama delivered a poignant speech at the end of the first night of the Democratic National Convention on Monday.
You can read the full transcript here, but one simple phrase seemed to have perfectly captured a collective vibe — and, really, there is no better word for it. After calling Donald Trump the “wrong president for our country” and listing off a few reasons why, the former first lady then said, plainly, “it is what it is.”
The line caught people off-guard because it was not the kind of canned political discourse we typically expect to hear. Immediately, people reacted strongly to it online. But specifically on Black Twitter it seemed to resonate a phrase Black Americans have been using, and/or how many of them have been feeling, for some time.
“So let me be as honest and clear as I possibly can: Donald Trump is the wrong president for our country,” Obama said. “He has had more than enough time to prove that he can do the job, but he is clearly in over his head. He cannot meet this moment. He simply cannot be who we need him to be for us.
“It is what it is.”
The line, which generally is a cheeky way to express despondency about something, poetically spoke for itself. And became trending on its own.