Michelle Obama’s impassioned speech about the need to get out and vote isn’t all that went viral from the DNC.
The gold necklace worn by the Former First Lady, which spelled out “V-O-T-E,” has also gone viral following her 18-minute speech capping off the first night of the 2020 Democratic National Convention, USA Today reports.
The customized necklace, available in 14-karat yellow, rose or white gold, is sold by the brand ByChari, and for four-letters, starts at $405, depending on the chain length.
Designer Chari Cuthbert made a VOTE necklace for the last election and had already planned to do one for this year’s.
“As we started our outreach, I was honored when Michelle Obama’s stylist asked for one and am thrilled she is wearing it,” Cuthbert told the outlet in a statement.
Less than 30 minutes after Obama’s speech wrapped, Google Trends tweeted that her necklace was “the top trending search on all of US Google in the last hour of the event,” pointing to the terms: “Michelle Obama necklace,” “vote necklace,” and “letter necklace.”
During her speech, the “Becoming” author, 56, said that “too many people” in 2016, “chose to believe that their votes didn’t matter.
“Maybe they were fed up, maybe they thought the outcome wouldn’t be close. Maybe they the barriers felt too steep,” Obama continued. “Whatever the reason, in the end, those choices sent someone to the Oval Office who lost the national popular vote by nearly 3 million votes. In one of the states that determined the outcome, the winning margin averaged out to just two votes per precinct. Two votes. And we’ve all been living with the consequences.”
Despite ongoing voter intimidation by the Trump administration, Obama said that no one can sit out this year.
“This is not the time to withhold our votes in protest or play games with candidates who have no chance of winning. We have got to vote like we did in 2008 and 2012. We’ve got to show up with the same level of passion and hope for Joe Biden,” said the former lawyer.
Obama said people need to vote early, do so in person if it’s safe — with comfortable shoes, masks, and bagged meals to “stand in line all night if we have to” — and request mail-in ballots immediately, double checking that they’ve been received.
“It is well past time for our leaders to once again reflect our truth,” said Obama. “So, it is up to us to add our voices and our votes to the chorus of history.”