FACT CHECK: Did Michelle Obama Wear A Necklace That Spelled ‘MIKE’ At The 2020 Democratic National Convention?

Brad Sylvester | Fact Check Editor

An image shared on Facebook purportedly shows former First Lady Michelle Obama at the 2020 Democratic National Convention (DNC) wearing a necklace that spells “MIKE.”

Verdict: False

The image has been digitally altered. Footage from Obama’s 2020 appearance at the 2020 DNC shows she is wearing a necklace that spells the word “VOTE,” not “MIKE.”

Fact Check:

The image’s caption reads, “Mike needs to man up,” while one commenter stated, “We all know Mike, we always have dude.” The caption and comments seem to reference the a baseless conspiracy theory that Obama is transgender and was born a man named Michael Lavaughn Robinson.

“That awkward moment when Michelle’s necklace from the 2020 DNC goes viral,” reads text in the image. (RELATED: Did Michelle Obama Call Country Music ‘Intellectually Devoid’?)

While the photo does, in fact, appear to come from Obama’s remote keynote speech at the DNC in August 2020, her necklace has been digitally altered in the photo. Check Your Fact found a similar photo to the one in the Facebook post published on CNN in August 2020 showing Obama wearing the same dark purple top, but her necklace spells out “VOTE.”

Additionally, videos of Obama’s speech shared by USA Today and The Washington Post on YouTube show she was wearing a necklace that spelled the word “VOTE.”

The accessory, which can be purchased from the jewelry line ByChari for $295, was the subject of news reports and appears to have underscored a key message of Obama’s DNC speech: the need to vote in the 2020 presidential election. “If you think things cannot possibly get worse, trust me, they can; and they will if we don’t make a change in this election,” she warned in her speech.

The Office of Barack and Michelle Obama did not return a request for comment.

Brad Sylvester

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