First lady Michelle Obama blasted Republican nominee Donald Trump's comments about women and addressed the numerous accusations of sexual assault on women by the business mogul during a rally for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton (video below).
On Oct. 13, Obama spoke before a crowd of Clinton supporters in Manchester, New Hampshire. During her speech, the first lady slammed Trump for his sexually aggressive comments about women without referencing his name, People magazine reports.
Obama said the recent controversies that have engulfed the Trump campaign have “shaken me to my core in a way that I couldn’t have predicted.”
Obama referenced comments that Trump had made in 2005, when he was caught on a hot microphone bragging about kissing and groping women without their consent.
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“I just start kissing them,” Trump said, reports The Washington Post. “It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait ... Grab them by the p----. You can do anything.”
“I can’t believe I’m saying a candidate for president of the United States has bragged about sexually assaulting women,” Obama said.
She added that Trump had done a disservice to men by defending his comments as just “locker room talk.”
“This was not just a lewd conversation,” Obama said. “This wasn’t locker room banter. This was a powerful individual speaking freely and openly about sexually predatory behavior.”
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Obama asserted that Trump’s comments should be offensive to all Americans, regardless of party affiliation.
“This is not politics as usual,” she continued. “This is disgraceful. It is intolerable. And it doesn’t matter what party you belong to ... It’s about basic human decency. It’s about right and wrong.”
Obama asked whether parents would want Trump to be a role model for boys and girls around the country, stating that electing Trump president would send a message to children that his attitudes towards women were legitimate.
On Oct. 12, several women came forward to accuse Trump of sexually assaulting them, Slate reports.
Jessica Leeds has accused Trump of groping her during an airplane flight in the early 1980s. Rachel Crooks has accused him of kissing her on the mouth and asking for her phone number during an elevator ride in 2005. Mindy McGillivray has accused him of groping her posterior at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida in 2003.
Finally, People magazine writer Natasha Stoynoff has accused Trump of sexually assaulting her at Mar-a-Lago in 2005, stating that he pinned her to a wall and began kissing her before an interview.
On Oct. 13, Trump denied all of the accusations during a Florida rally and accused all four women of lying.
“These vicious claims about me of inappropriate conduct with women are totally and absolutely false,” Trump said. “And the people that said them fully understand.”
Trump promised to produce evidence absolving him of guilt “in an appropriate way and at an appropriate time, very soon.”
Following Obama’s speech, White House spokesman Eric Schultz was asked by reporters whether or not the first lady had just invited Trump to retaliate against her.
“I can’t think of a bolder way for Donald Trump to lose even more standing than he already has than by engaging the first lady of the United States,” Schultz responded.