At a campaign rally in New Hampshire for Hillary Clinton on Thursday, first lady Michelle Obama addressed the growing firestorm surrounding Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s remarks from a 2005 hot mic tape that was unearthed last week. In what turned out to be a scathing rebuke of Trump and her first public remarks about the leaked tape, Obama said Trump’s boasts of groping women “have shaken me to my core.” She expressed exasperation at the language Trump used and that it’s become a part of the dialogue amid the race for the presidency. “I can’t believe I’m saying that a candidate for president of the United States has bragged about sexually assaulting women,” an incredulous Obama went on to say. Her remarks were met with enthusiastic applause. Here’s a brief highlight.
At times, the first lady appeared to be on the verge of breaking down as she discussed why Trump’s words are so troubling not only for women, but for “decent men everywhere” and a bad example for young girls and boys. “Not just as women, but as parents trying to protect our children and raise them to be caring, respectful adults. And as citizens who think our nation’s leaders should meet basic standards of human decency.” Here’s another highlight.
Once again, the first lady, as she’s done before, managed to complete her criticism of Trump without ever uttering his name, instead, referring to him only as “her opponent.” Watch the full speech below.
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