First Lady Michelle Obama is no stranger to stumping on the campaign trail for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, but on Thursday, she delivered one of the most electrifying and emotional speeches of her public life.
In front of a crowd in Manchester, New Hampshire, without even mentioning his name, FLOTUS ripped into Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump for past comments where he bragged about sexually assaulting women, CNN noted. Mrs. Obama admitted to the crowd that she couldn’t give her “normal campaign speech” because it would have been “dishonest and disingenuous to me to just move on to the next thing like this was all just a bad dream.”
“The fact is, 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,” FLOTUS said.
“And last week we saw this candidate actually bragging about sexually assaulting women. I can’t believe I’m saying that a candidate for president of the United States has bragged about sexually assaulting women.”
With her voice cracking, she shared how his words have personally affected her saying they “have shaken me to my core” and that Trump’s use of language is “painful.”
“Not just as women, but as parents trying to protect our children and raise them to be caring, respectful adults. And as citizens who think our nation’s leaders should meet basic standards of human decency.”
She added, “This was not just a lewd conversation. This wasn’t just locker room banter. This was a powerful individual speaking freely and openly about sexually predatory behavior, and actually bragging about kissing and groping women, using language so obscene that many of us were worried about our children hearing it when we turned on the TV.”
As previously reported, last Friday The Washington Post leaked video of Trump, who was unaware that his mic was on, saying to then-Access Hollywood host Billy Bush that he forced himself on women, can’t help but to kiss beautiful women when he sees them and that he will “grab any p—y he wants” because he’s famous. He also continued to graphically describe an encounter with a married journalist who rejected his advances.
And while Trump and his surrogates have tried to deflect the controversy to former President Bill Clinton’s rape and sexual assault allegations and ask that people move on, FLOTUS said no one should forget.
“This is not something that we can ignore. It’s not something that we can just sweep under the rug as just another disturbing footnote in a sad election season.”
She also pointed out that this type of language doesn’t only hurt women and girls, but men and boys, too.
“We’re telling our sons that it’s OK to humiliate women…and [fathers] are concerned about the impact this election is having on our boys who are looking for role models of what it means to be a man.
Not all of FLOTUS’ speech was about Trump, as she continued to build Clinton up as the most qualified candidate this nation has ever seen.
“This election, and every election, is about who will have the power to shape our children for the next four or eight years of their lives,” she said. “And I am here tonight because in this election, there is only one person who I trust with that responsibility, only one person who I believe is truly qualified to be president of the United States, and that is our friend, Hillary Clinton.”
And Clinton was thankful, praising the First Lady during a campaign event in San Francisco, CNN noted.
And once again, she gave a compelling and strong case about the stakes in the election, but about who we are as Americans. And we cannot let this pessimism, this dark and divisive and dangerous vision in America take hold in anybody’s heart. We have to keep lifting up this campaign,” Clinton said.
Clinton wasn’t the only one taken by the First Lady’s remarkable words and superb oratory skills.
Powerful speech by a powerful and inspirational woman.