The first lady of America spoke her mind concerning a tape on which Donald Trump talks about how he treated women in 2005, when she campaigned for Hilary Clinton in New Hampshire on Thursday. She gave a powerful speech as usual. I love this woman.
“I can’t believe that I’m saying that a candidate for president of the United States has bragged about sexually assaulting women,” Obama said. “I can’t stop thinking about this. It has shaken me to my core in a way that I couldn’t have predicted.”
“So while I’d love nothing more 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.”
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“This was a powerful individual speaking freely and openly about sexually predatory behavior and actually bragging about kissing and groping women,” she said.
“This is not normal. This is not politics as usual,” she added. “This is disgraceful. It is intolerable. And it doesn’t matter what party you belong to, Democrat, Republican, independent: No woman deserves to be treated this way. None of us deserve this kind of abuse.”
“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 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 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,” 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.”
“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.”
“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.”