First Lady Michelle Obama delivered a powerful and emotional rebuke to Donald Trump on Thursday, saying his comments on sexual assault vulgar “have shaken me to my core,” while calling on women to rise against the Republican candidate.
“The fact it is that in this election we have a candidate for President of the United States in the course of his life and the course of this campaign has said things about women that are so shocking, so degrading, simply will not be repeated here something today, “he said at a campaign event in New Hampshire.
“And last week we saw this candidate actually bragging about sexual assaulting women. I can not believe I’m saying that a candidate for President of the United States has boasted of sexually assaulting women.”
With voice broken by moments, Obama warned the crowd that “I will be a little serious here, because I think we all agree that this has been a difficult week in an already harsh choice.”
She said Trump’s statements recorded in 2005, in which he described how language allowed her celebrity crudely Sexually assault women without consequences, was “offensive language, hate.”
“The language has been painful for many of us,” he continued. “Not only as a woman, but as parents trying to protect our children and raise them to be adults caring, respectful. And as citizens who think the leaders of our nation must meet basic standards of human decency.”
Trump has apologized for the language caught on tape, which can be heard bragging that he would “grab [women] on the pussy,” but also pointed observations to little more than “talking wardrobe” that did not reflect anything what actually he had done.
But the first lady said it was much more, describing Trump’s statements as “a powerful individual talk freely and openly about sexual predatory behavior.”
She said the comments of the Republican candidate reminds women to be catcalled on the street or in leered by a co-worker and stories of mothers and grandmothers about what used to be like for women in the workplace .
“I hear all this and I feel personally, and I’m sure many of you do the same, particularly women,” Obama said.
“The shameful comments about our bodies, lack of respect for our intelligence. The belief that you can do anything for a woman? It’s cruel. It’s frightening. And the truth is that it hurts. It hurts.”