It may have been a political stump speech, but as she spoke on behalf of Hillary Clinton this week, Michelle Obama‘s words were so much more than campaigning. With impassioned and deeply personal rhetoric, the First Lady spoke directly to all of the men and women everywhere, who have been feeling the particular pain that has come with this… very interesting… election year.
In response to candidate Donald Trump‘s recorded words and alleged actions Obama spoke:
” I can’t believe that I’m saying that a candidate for president of the United States has bragged about sexually assaulting women.” She added that the comments “have shaken me to my core in a way that I couldn’t have predicted.”
You could hear a pin drop as she went on. “Too many of us are treating this as just another day’s headline. As though our outrage is overblown or unwarranted. As though this is normal, just politics as usual. But this is disgraceful, this is intolerable … No woman deserves to be treated this way. None of us deserve this kind of abuse.”
Visibly emotional, with her typically strong voice a little shaky at times, Obama said Trump’s comments made it impossible to give a normal speech as it would be “dishonest and disingenuous to me to move on to the next thing like this was all just a bad dream.
“This is not something that we can ignore,” she stated. “It’s not something we can just sweep under the rug as just another disturbing footnote in a sad election season.
“This wasn’t just locker room banter,” she continued. “This was a powerful individual speaking freely and openly about sexually predatory behaviour and actually bragging about kissing and groping women.”
Obama went on to talk about the impact Trump’s words had on her personally, as a woman.
“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,” she said in angry disbelief. “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, and 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 a little too long and makes 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.”
Michelle went on to talk about the effects his comments have on children. “If this is painful to us as grown women, what do you think this is doing to our children?” she asked. “What lessons are they learning about their values as professionals? As human beings? About their dreams and aspirations?”
She added that the dudes around her don’t go around bragging about grabbing women’s vaginas, like you had any doubt. “The men in my life do not talk about women like this and I know that my family is not unusual. Calling this ‘locker room talk’ is an insult to decent men everywhere … Strong men don’t need to put down women to make themselves feel powerful.”
She closed with comments about Hillary Clinton. “We’ve seen her character and commitment not just in this campaign but over the course of her entire life. If any of us had raised a daughter like Hillary Clinton, we would be so proud.”
How she can take someone down so hard, so brilliantly, so stunningly without naming names and still staying classy is a thing to behold. The fact that Trump is still running for POTUS sends a very loud and painful message to women and girls, and Michelle will do whatever it takes to stop that from happening. Because it’s unacceptable. Anyone else ready for Michelle Obama to run for president in 2020?
.@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