Michelle Obama Ex­plains Ex­actly Why Trump’s Com­ments About Women Are So Hor­rific

The Star (St. Lucia) - - INTERNATIONAL -

First lady Michelle Obama on Thurs­day de­liv­ered a sting­ing take­down of Don­ald Trump’s vul­gar and sex­ist com­ments and spoke about the im­pact they were hav­ing on women ev­ery­where.

Cam­paign­ing for Hil­lary Clin­ton in New Hamp­shire, she said that she couldn’t stop think­ing about re­marks Trump made in 2005, when he bragged about mak­ing un­wanted sex­ual ad­vances and be­ing able to grab women “by the pussy.” The first lady said those words had “shaken me to my core in a way that I couldn’t have pre­dicted.”

With her voice shak­ing at times, Obama said Trump’s com­ments made it im­pos­si­ble for her to give her nor­mal stump speech. It “would be dis­hon­est and disin­gen­u­ous to me to move on to the next thing like this was all just a bad dream,” she said. “This is not some­thing that we can ig­nore. 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 be­hav­ior and ac­tu­ally brag­ging about kiss­ing and grop­ing women.”

The first lady said she’d felt the im­pact of Trump’s words per­son­ally, as had other women.

“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,” she con­tin­ued. “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.”

Obama has been a re­mark­able sur­ro­gate for Clin­ton on the cam­paign trail. She also gave an emo­tional speech at the Demo­cratic Na­tional Con­ven­tion in July that de­scribed the dan­gers of a Trump pres­i­dency for Amer­ica’s chil­dren. The speech was widely hailed as one of the best of the con­ven­tion.

As Trump has tried to un­der­mine the cred­i­bil­ity of sev­eral women who have come for­ward this week to ac­cuse him of grop­ing them, the first lady said a fear of not be­ing be­lieved was one of the rea­sons so many women failed to speak up about sex­ual ha­rass­ment and abuse.

“All of us are do­ing what women have al­ways done, just try­ing to keep our heads above wa­ter, just try­ing to get through it. Try­ing to pre­tend like this doesn’t re­ally bother us. Maybe be­cause we think that ad­mit­ting how much it hurts makes us as women look weak,” she said.

“Maybe we’re afraid to be that vul­ner­a­ble. Maybe we’ve grown ac­cus­tomed to swal­low­ing our emo­tions and stay­ing quiet be­cause we’ve seen that peo­ple of­ten won’t take our word over his.”

Trump’s com­ments, she said, weren’t just in­sult­ing to women, but to men as well. “To dis­miss this as ev­ery day locker room talk is an in­sult to de­cent men ev­ery­where. The men that you and I know don’t treat women this way. They are lov­ing fa­thers who are sick­ened by the thought of their daugh­ters be­ing ex­posed to this kind of vi­cious lan­guage about women. They are hus­bands and broth­ers and sons who don’t tol­er­ate women be­ing de­meaned and dis­re­spected.”

Obama shared the story of a six-year-old who told his par­ents that he knew Clin­ton would win the elec­tion af­ter hear­ing that Trump called some­one a “piggy.”

“Even a six-year-old knows bet­ter,” she said. “A six-year-old knows this is not how adults be­have. This is not how de­cent hu­man be­ings be­have. And this is cer­tainly not how some­one who wants to be pres­i­dent of the United States be­haves.”

Re­gard­less of party, Obama added, ev­ery Amer­i­can should find Trump’s be­hav­ior rep­re­hen­si­ble.

“This is not nor­mal. This is not pol­i­tics as usual. This is dis­grace­ful, it is in­tol­er­a­ble. And it doesn’t mat­ter what party you be­long to. Demo­crat, Repub­li­can or in­de­pen­dent, no woman de­serves to be treated this way. None of us de­serves this kind of abuse.”

Clin­ton thanked Obama for her speech in a per­son­ally signed tweet on Thurs­day.

Bill Clin­ton also had high praise for Obama’s speech, call­ing it the “best speech given in this cam­paign by any­body.”

In re­sponse to the much talked about video of Don­ald Trump “locker room talk”, Michele Obama on Thurs­day said: “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.”

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