Michelle Obama spoke from the heart to female voters’ emotions in a speech today from Manchester, New Hampshire, by expressing how deeply upset she was by Republican nominee Donald Trump.
The First Lady refused to let Trump’s latest comments be minimized. “This was not just a lewd conversation. This wasn’t just ‘locker room banter.’ This was a powerful individual speaking freely and openly about sexually predatory behavior.” What followed should be required reading for every man, because this is what it feels like to be a woman in America today:
‘Last week we saw this candidate actually bragging about sexually assaulting women,’ the first lady said. ‘And I have to tell you, I can’t stop thinking about this.’
‘It has shaken me to my core in a way that I could not have predicted,’ she said.
The first lady, who was campaigning for Hillary Clinton in Pennsylvania and North Carolina since her barn-burner of a convention speech, warned her audience that they wouldn’t be getting that stump speech today.
I listen to all of this and I feel it so personally, and I’m sure many of you do, too, particularly the women. The shameful comments about bodies, the disrespect of our ambitions and intellect, the belief that you can do anything you want to a woman? It is cruel, it’s 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. 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