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A passionate Michelle Obama condemns Trump’s abusive treatment of women.
While campaigning for Hillary Clinton in Manchester, New Hampshire, the first lady delivered a powerful speech excoriating Trump’s offensive comments towards women.
In the emotional speech Obama declared:
The belief you can do anything to a woman? It is cruel. It’s frightening. And the truth is, it hurts. It hurts.
Calling Trump’s comments about women “disturbing” and “shocking” the first lady said:
The fact is that in this election, we have a candidate for president of the United States who, over the course of his lifetime and the course of this campaign has said things about women that are so shocking. So demeaning. I simply will not repeat anything here today. And last week we saw this candidate actually bragging about sexually assaulting women. And I can’t believe that I’m saying that.
Commenting on the fact that Trump had bragged about sexually abusing women, Obama destroyed the GOP nominee for his “sexually predatory behavior” without ever using his name, observing:
This is not something we can ignore. It’s not something we can sweep under the rug as just another disturbing footnote in a sad election season. Because this was not just a lewd conversation. This wasn’t locker room banter. This was a powerful individual speaking freely and openly about sexually predatory behavior.
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.
Obama stressed that Trump’s deplorable behavior transcends politics:
This is disgraceful. It is intolerable. Doesn’t matter what party you belong to. 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. We cannot endure this or expose our children to this for any longer. Not for another minute, let alone four years.
Bottom line: “It’s about basic human decency.”
Watch the powerful speech below, for a complete transcript of the speech see NPR.