While campaigning for Hillary Clinton in Manchester, New Hampshire, First Lady Michelle Obama addressed the sexual assault accusations against Donald Trump in a powerful speech that all women can relate to, regardless of their political affiliation.
"Last week, we saw this candidate actually bragging about sexually assaulting women," Obama said. "And I can’t believe that I’m saying that a candidate for president of the United States has bragged about sexually assaulting women. And I have to tell you that I can’t stop thinking about this. It has shaken me to my core in a way that I couldn’t have predicted."
She went on to denounce Trump’s “locker room banter” excuse, noting that his remarks go beyond “just a lewd conversation.”
“This was a powerful individual speaking freely and openly about sexually predatory behavior and actually bragging about kissing and groping women,” she said.
She took it a step further by elaborating on how this incident serves as an example of how his mistreatment of women is nothing new, but a reflection of how he’s treated women his entire life.
“I feel it so personally. And I'm sure that many of you do too, particularly the women. The shameful comments about our bodies, the disrespect of our ambitions and intellect, the belief that you can do anything you want to a woman, it is cruel. It is frightening. And the truth is, it hurts. It hurts.
It's like that sick sinking feeling you get when you're walking down the street minding your own business. Some guy yells out vulgar words about your body. Or when you see that guy at work that stands just a little too close, stares just a little too long, you feel uncomfortable in your own skin. It's that feeling of terror and violation that too many women have felt when someone has grabbed them or forced himself on them and they've said no but he didn't listen.”
"This is disgraceful. It is intolerable. Doesn't matter what party you belong to,” she continued. “No woman deserves to be treated this way. No one deserves this kind of abuse. I know it's a campaign, but this isn't about politics. It's about basic human decency. It's about right and wrong.”
Obama’s words were met with roaring applause and cheers from the audience. The First Lady obliterated Trump without even saying his name.
Her comments were not aggressive and combative like Trump’s typically are, but she spoke with the eloquence and grace that we have come to love about her throughout her husband’s presidency.
As Hillary Clinton said on Twitter, she was able to “put into words what’s in so many of our hearts.”
.@FLOTUS, I'm in awe. Thanks for putting into words what's in so many of our hearts. -H— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 13, 2016
Following the speech, Twitter exploded with users mostly praising and applauding the First Lady.
Of course, there were a fair share of critics and trolls ready to pull out their pitchforks, but ultimately, the public’s response seemed overwhelmingly positive.
One thing Obama said that you simply cannot argue against is the fact that no one deserves to be treated the way Trump has treated women.
Thank you Michelle Obama for making so clear, not only who we should vote for, but who we are as a people. https://t.co/0tpgR3qmI8— R.T. Rybak (@R_T_Rybak) October 13, 2016
Every time I get sad thinking this world contains Donald Trump I also remember it contains Michelle Obama and feel a bit hopeful.— Matt Haig (@matthaig1) October 13, 2016
Michelle Obama’s speech on women & Trump is powerful and brilliant. Next time we should nominate her. https://t.co/VjWcomX4Ry— Touré (@Toure) October 13, 2016
I love Michelle Obama so, so much. This speech is beautiful, heart-rending, essential. https://t.co/zPbpang917— Jim McCarthy (@JimMcCarthy528) October 13, 2016
Watch the First Lady's full speech in the video below:
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