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By Mae Slater on
 May 15, 2024

Michelle Obama Would Beat Trump in 2024, Says Stephen A. Smith

Stephen A. Smith, the prominent sports commentator, believes former First Lady Michelle Obama would decisively win against former President Donald Trump if she ran in the 2024 presidential election. However, despite the speculation, Michelle Obama has consistently stated she has no interest in running for president.

The Hill reported that Smith shared his thoughts on Michelle Obama's potential candidacy during an appearance on Kevin Garnett’s podcast, KG Certified.

He argued that if Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign had not been marred by the email controversy, the United States would have already seen its first female president.

During the podcast, Smith made it clear that he believes Obama would "hands down" defeat Trump, who is the presumptive GOP nominee for the 2024 election.

Smith’s confidence in Obama’s potential victory was evident as he reiterated his stance several times.

Smith’s Comments Spark Discussion

Smith stated, “I think that Michelle Obama would hands down be the next president of the United States if she were to run against Trump, the presumptive GOP nominee.” His comments have ignited conversations about the possibility of Obama entering the presidential race, despite her repeated denials of any such plans.

Michelle Obama has shown her support for President Joe Biden’s reelection campaign. In contrast to the speculation about her candidacy, she has remained firm in her stance of not running for office.

Crystal Carson, the director of communication for Obama's office, reiterated this position in March, stating, “As former First Lady Michelle Obama has expressed several times over the years, she will not be running for president.”

Obama’s Support Among Democrats

Despite her firm stance, a February poll indicated that many Democrats favor Michelle Obama as the top choice to replace Biden on the 2024 ticket. This support highlights her popularity and the significant influence she holds within the party.

Various Republicans have floated the idea that Obama could replace Biden on the 2024 ballot, despite there being no evidence to support this claim. The speculation continues to grow, fueled by her widespread popularity and the public’s desire for strong leadership.

Michelle Obama has addressed these rumors directly, stating there is "zero chance" she would run for president. Her consistent and clear messages have not deterred speculation about her potential candidacy.

Stephen A. Smith’s Own Presidential Ambitions

Interestingly, there have also been rumors about Stephen A. Smith himself running for president. However, Smith has dismissed these ideas, acknowledging that he does not believe he would garner the necessary votes to win.

Smith’s comments on the podcast have reignited discussions about potential candidates for the 2024 presidential election. While his confidence in Obama’s ability to win is clear, the reality remains that she has no intention of running.

Michelle Obama’s influence and popularity continue to make her a central figure in political discussions. Her support for President Biden and her clear statements about not running for office emphasizes her commitment to influencing politics from outside the Oval Office.


In conclusion, Stephen A. Smith’s assertion that Michelle Obama would "hands down" defeat Donald Trump in the 2024 election has sparked significant discussion. Despite her popularity and the support she garners from many Democrats, Obama has repeatedly stated she has no interest in running for president. As the 2024 election approaches, these discussions highlight the ongoing speculation and the desire for strong leadership within the political landscape.

Written By:
Mae Slater

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