United States’ first lady Michelle Obama has on Thursday slammed Repubican Presidential candidate Donald Trump for the latter’s remark about women in the lewd tape, which was recorded in 2005, and the groping allegations.
Addressing a gathering in Manchester, Mrs Obama said: “I know it’s a campaign, but this isn’t about politics.It’s about basic human decency. It’s about right and wrong.”
Obama started with what she had wanted to spend the last few months of her tenure as First Lady talking about: Let Girls Learn, an initiative for girls’ education, reports The New Yorkers.
According to the report, the First Lady had been inspired by the girls she’d met a couple of days earlier at a White House event; she had been feeling pretty good.
In her speech, she said, “I can’t believe that I’m saying that a candidate for President of the United States has bragged about sexually assaulting women.”
“And I have to tell you that I can’t stop thinking about this. It has shaken me to my core in a way that I couldn’t have predicted,” Obama said. “So while I’d love nothing more than to pretend like this isn’t happening, and to come out here and do my normal campaign speech, it would be dishonest and disingenuous to me to just move on to the next thing like this was all just a bad dream.”
“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,” she said.
Recounting Trump’s words, she said, “It is cruel. It’s frightening. And the truth is, it hurts. It hurts.” “Maybe we’re afraid to be that vulnerable,” Obama said. “Maybe we don’t want to believe that there are still people out there who think so little of us as women.”
“New Hampshire, be clear: 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—Democratic, Republican, independent—no woman deserves to be treated this way. None of us deserves this kind of abuse,” Obama said.
She added, “I can tell you that the men in my life do not talk about women like this. And I know that my family is not unusual.”
“Strong men—men who are truly role models—don’t need to put down women to make themselves feel powerful,” she said. And then, setting up the transition to the person she had come to campaign for, she added, “People who are truly strong lift others up. People who are truly powerful bring others together. And that is what we need in our next President. And let me tell you, I’m here today because I believe with all of my heart that Hillary Clinton will be that President.”