That was evident last night, when Michelle Obama told Stephen Colbert in an interview on The Late Show that she had “no sympathy” for the opposing candidate’s spouse on the campaign trail.“You have to be in it,” Michelle said, in a not-so-subtle dig at Donald Trump's wife Melania.But when Glover was stabbed and killed in broad daylight – at the hands of the father of her 2-year-old daughter, police say – it was the culmination of years of strife and struggle between the young couple. And not leaving, maybe, sooner.”Battles watched the couple’s relationship through ups and downs.Battles said her daughter tried to break off the relationship. She took care of Glover and her granddaughter Ja’Nya when things were bad.In the cases of police violence against young African-American men, like Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin, Frank often defended the police, while Amy attacked her husband’s “sense of white privilege.”“Frank has said things to me like, ‘Had I known you felt this way, I wouldn’t have married you,’ ” Amy said. As a recent Vox headline read: “Political Identity Is Fair Game for Hatred.” A study by Joseph Grenny and David Maxfield, cofounders of corporate training firm Vital Smarts, found that 1 in 3 people have been “attacked, insulted, or called names” over political clashes, and 1 in 4 have had a political debate hurt a relationship.According to the online poll of more than 1,800 people, most heated political sparring matches—40 percent—take place at home.Later in the day, she was warned to try to stay away from her mother, who appeared in court to argue for a personal protection order against the HGTV home remodeling show host.Oakland Circuit Judge Lisa Langton didn’t issue the PPO after hearing testimony from Curtis and her mother.
But such compassion is strikingly absent now, as the 2016 presidential election has become more personal and bitter than any we’ve seen in recent history.“Bottom line is, if I didn’t agree with what Barack was saying, I would not support his run.I stand there proudly and I hope they are too, standing with their spouses proudly. ”When Colbert brought up Melania cribbing from Michelle’s 2008 Democratic National Convention speech during her remarks at the Republican National Convention, the first lady smiled and then deadpanned: “Yeah, that was tough.”If Hillary Clinton was running against Jeb Bush, or almost any Republican candidate other than Donald Trump, I doubt the Obamas would be devoting themselves to getting Clinton elected in such an ambitious and unprecedented way.“Back then, it was a less divisive time,” Amy said. This election year, Amy and Frank, now in their 30s and the parents of two, live together in a house divided.As the political landscape grows ever more partisan, “our disagreements have become more apparent, more divisive, and more confrontational,” Amy, who supports Hillary Clinton, told me.