Houston Councilman Defends Unflattering Michelle Obama Meme: 'I Like Black Women'

Houston City Councilman Greg Travis has become the subject of significant criticism following a controversial Facebook post comparing first lady Melania Trump with former first lady Michelle Obama.

The image shows Obama sitting with her legs uncrossed next to a photo of Trump sitting cross-legged. Both women are wearing pants suits. Travis, who represents Houston's District G, shared the meme on December 21 with the comment: "Yep. Just saying."

Ashton P. Woods, founder of Black Lives Matter Houston, shared screenshots of the Facebook post and comments underneath on Twitter on December 29, calling on Travis to resign.

"Houston City Councilman Greg Travis hates black women," Woods wrote, adding: "DEMAND HIS RESIGNATIOM [sic]."

The screenshots show Travis' response to a comment from local businesswoman and former city council candidate Laurie Robinson. In his response, Travis offered further criticism of Obama and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

"It's called Affirmative Action. Doesn't take much—she was born with her qualification. She isn't the brightest bulb in the lot," Travis wrote.

"And let's not talk about Kamala—her qualification is that she sleeps with powerful men. And don't bring up Hillary. Please, she would be nothing without Bill and she had to cover up for him raping those five women. Feminism is dead on the left. These three helped to kill it."

Robinson has also called for Travis' resignation

#BLMHOU | #BREAKING

.@TravisDistrictG Houston City Councilman Greg Travis hates black women. Here's Greg's email & email of Mayor Turner:

districtg@houstontx.gov
mayor@houstontx.gov

DEMAND HIS RESIGNATIOM pic.twitter.com/SZFAyD5U41

— Ashton P. Woods (@AshtonPWoods) December 29, 2020

In an interview with Houston's KPRC 2, the councilman defended his decision to share the images and doubled down on his criticism of Obama. He also said he would not be resigning.

"I have every right to my opinion. They have every right to their opinion. I don't tell other people they can't have their opinion," he said. "They can call for whatever they want. I'm not resigning.

"There's a difference," Travis said of Trump and Obama. "I think one is classier. One is not."

When pressed, he added: "Well, I just think that one represents the first lady ideal. Michelle Obama has always been too political for me."

On the issue of Affirmative Action, Travis told KPRC 2's Brandon Walker that "Affirmative Action. You don't get Affirmative Action if you're white." Walker asked him how Obama, a Harvard graduate, had benefited from Affirmative Action.

"Well, the answer is I don't specifically know because I didn't see her transcript, but I will tell you I've read articles that alluded to that. So, the answer is I don't know if she did or if she didn't," Travis said.

"I like women. I like Blacks. I like Black women," Travis told KPRC 2. "One of my favorite people is Candace Owens. I actually gave money to her organization. If I didn't like Black women, I probably wouldn't be supporting her."

He noted that his chief of staff was a woman, and added: "What's trying to be done to me is to cancel me out. It's not going to work. When people do that I just fight even harder."

Former First Lady Michelle Obama
Former first lady Michelle Obama speaks to guests at the Obama Foundation Summit at Illinois Institute of Technology on October 29, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. A Texas city councilman is under fire for a recent meme about Obama. Scott Olson/Getty Images