Michelle Obama Lambasts Donald Trump for ‘Bragging About Kissing and Groping Women,’ Celebs React
On Thursday (Oct. 13, 2016), Michelle Obama delivered a speech on the campaign trail for Hillary Clinton, but the true focus of the address was a pointed criticism of Donald Trump’s cavalier comments about kissing and groping women without consent.
“I can’t believe I’m saying a candidate for president of the United States has bragged about sexually assaulting women,” Obama said, via CNN. “I can’t stop thinking about this. It has shaken me to my core in a way that I couldn’t have predicted.”
This first lady, who hardly ever lashes out at anyone publicly, attacked the Republican presidential candidate’s casual objectification of the opposite sex, noting that the issue at stake is bigger than any election.
“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 — it is cruel, it’s frightening, and the truth is, it hurts,” she continued.
Without invoking Trump’s name, Obama made it clear that failing to act now could have dire consequences for years to come.
“In our hearts, we all know that if we let Hillary’s opponent win in this election, that we are sending a clear message to our kids: that everything they’re seeing and hearing is perfectly OK.”
.@FLOTUS, I’m in awe. Thanks for putting into words what’s in so many of our hearts. -H
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 13, 2016
— Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) October 13, 2016
— JOANNE (@ladygaga) October 13, 2016
Yes, Michelle Obama.
— Emmy Rossum (@emmyrossum) October 13, 2016
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) October 13, 2016
Michelle Obama: “To dismiss this as everyday locker room talk is an insult to decent men everywhere.” Thank you for saying that.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) October 13, 2016