Earlier today in New Hampshire, Michelle Obama addressed the crowd at a rally for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. But instead of your typical stump speech, the First Lady decided to use the campaign stop to address the scandals surrounding Donald Trump.
“I can’t believe that I’m saying that a candidate for president of the United States has bragged about sexually assaulting women,” she said, referring to the leaked Access Hollywood video wherein Trump talks about groping and trying to have sex with women.
In what could possibly be the most powerful speech of this presidential race, Michelle continued, “To dismiss this as everyday locker room talk is an insult to decent men everywhere. They are husbands and brothers and sons who don’t tolerate women being treated and demeaned and disrespected. And, like us, these men are worried about the impact this election is having on our boys who are looking for role models for what it means to be a man.”
Not once did she mention the Republican presidential nominee’s name when she admitted that his brazen words have shaken her to the core. “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. “It is cruel. It’s frightening. And the truth is, it hurts.”
Finally, she urged people to vote, saying that if Mr. Trump wins, we would be sending a message to the future generation that sexual assault is acceptable.
“In our hearts, we all know that if we let Hillary’s opponent win this election, then we are sending a clear message to our kids that everything they are seeing and hearing is perfectly okay. We are validating it. We are endorsing it. We are telling our sons that it’s okay to humiliate women. We are telling our daughters that this is how they deserve to be treated. We are telling all our kids that bigotry and bullying are perfectly acceptable in the leader of their country.”
Hear the First Lady’s entire speech below.