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In her Opening Statement, Judge Jeanine Pirro went after First Lady Michelle Obama for her recent assertion that the U.S. is less hopeful than it was eight years ago. 

In a sit-down with Oprah Winfrey, Mrs. Obama said she believes her husband will leave behind a legacy of hope, but that after President-elect Donald Trump's victory, "we're feeling what not having hope feels like."

Judge Pirro took issue, questioning why Mrs. Obama feels this way. 

"This from a woman who, in 2008 at age 44, said 'for the first time I'm proud of my country' [but] eight years later you're out of hope?" Pirro said.

Pirro said the Obamas failed to bring their promise of "hope" to Americans in several crucial situations, including the beheading of journalist James Foley and the 13 hours that Americans were stranded on a rooftop in Benghazi.

She said Trump's election is proof that Americans "know what hope is", pointing to the tens of thousands of people who have braved cold weather to attend the president-elect's "thank-you tour" stops.

"For you, 'hope' is gone," Pirro addressed Mrs. Obama, noting that as of next month, the family will no longer be able to travel abroad at-will with a full presidential entourage.

Americans rejected the Obama's vision of hope, she said, adding that Mrs. Obama will be able to see firsthand the results of eight years of her husband's leadership once she leaves the White House.

What do you think? Watch Judge Jeanine's full opening statement above and let us know in the comments below.


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