Michelle Obama addressed Americans feeling fearful in the current political climate on Thursday, telling them to "show empathy" toward each other.
The former first lady's statements came during an interview with Ellen DeGeneres that aired on Thursday. DeGeneres said she herself has felt frightened in the past year, prompting Obama to respond.
"People are afraid but then there are people who feel good about the direction of the country, so I mean, that's what makes this country complicated because it's made up of so many different people from different backgrounds," she said. "I mean, we are this mosh pit of society and sometimes there's a rub."
"We show empathy, we care for each other, you know, we do have a lot in common. That's what it means to lead with hope and not fear," Obama continued. "And that's all we have, is hope."
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"We have to be an open-hearted nation and that's who we are. And that's the truth of who we are," Obama said to Ellen. "We can't lose sight of that. So, let's just keep living our lives like that every single day and forget what they're saying in Washington," the former first lady said in the interview, which airs this week."
"We know who we are and I know who this country is," she added.
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