Joe Biden's campaign released a slashing video endorsement by Michelle Obama Tuesday where the former first lady denounces President Trump as 'racist' and says he 'isn't up to the job.'
'Racism, fear, division — these are powerful weapons and they can destroy this nation if we don't deal with them head on,' she says in the 24--minute , called a 'closing argument,' where she speaks directly to the camera.
'Let's be honest, right now our country is in chaos because of a president who isn't up to the job,' says the popular former first lady, who also delivered an emotional pitch for Biden by video at the Democratic National Convention.
The Biden camp dropped the video Tuesday morning, just after Trump returned to the White House from Walter Reed hospital, and immediately resumed attacks on his own political rivals.
Biden is surging in national polls, but his campaign remains concerned that its path to victory needs to juice turnout, to secure a both White House victory and a Democratic Senate majority, and also to deliver a convincing enough margin that claims Trump is making of ballot fraud are not seen as credible.
Both the Obamas are seen by the Biden campaign as formidable assets - particularly Michelle, for her ability to connect to female and black voters.
The former first lady's video message represents her most significant intervention yet in the campaign.
'Let's be very real. America is divided right now,' she said. 'And a lot of people are being sold lies from people who want to get rich or stay in power or sometimes both.'
Former first lady Michelle Obama tears into President Donald Trump's record in a new video released by Joe Biden's presidential campaign
'Right now the president and his allies are trying to tap into that frustration and distract from his breathtaking failures by giving folks someone to blame other than them.
'They're stoking fears about black and brown Americans. Lying about how minorities will destroy the suburbs. Whipping up violence and intimidation.
'And they're pinning it all on what's been an overwhelmingly peaceful movement for racial solidarity.'
She continued: 'So what the president is doing is once again patently false. It's morally wrong. and yes, it is racist. But that doesn't mean it won't work. Because this is a difficult time, a confusing time, and when people hear these lies and crazy conspiracies repeated over and over again, they don't know what to think.'
She said ordinary people 'don't have time to check falsehoods being spread throughout the internet, and even reasonable people might get scared.
She also speaks in personal terms about race.
'As a Black woman who has, like the overwhelming majority of people of color in this nation, done everything in my power to live a life of dignity, and service, and honesty, the knowledge