Did you hear Michelle Obama’s emotional speech on Thursday? No? You missed probably one of the major defining moments of the US presidential race.
The Obamas are known as speech maestros. The President and His first lady, Barrack and Michelle, have shown again and again that they have the wit, the charisma and the command of language to project ideas from a podium at an audience, even if that audience is the entire world.
Following the leaked video of Donald Trump’s “Locker room talk” with Bill Bush, the first lady of the United States of America, Michelle Obama, delivered a stinging condemnation of Donald Trump’s behavior, in which she made the election out not to any longer be a be about ideology, but about human decency.
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While speaking, Obama broke down in tears, expressing disgust with Trump’s lecherous words about doing whatever he felt like with women, because he was a celebrity.
She told the crowd:
“I can’t believe I am saying that a candidate for president of the United States has actually bragged about sexually assaulting women. I cannot stop thinking about this.”
With tears in her eyes, a tremor in her voice, Michelle spoke as if with everything in her, condemning Trump in no unclear terms.
“The disrespect of our ambitions and intellect. The belief that you can do anything you want to a woman. That 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 minding your own business and some guy yells out vulgar words about your body. Or when you see that guy at work who 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 said no. But he didn’t listen.”
Political observers have opined that this could be the most deadly blow Trump has been dealt at the moment.
And in a bid to deal with it, Trump has made himself out to be the victim. Speaking after Michelle Obama’s speech, he told the crowd of supporters that everything said about him was “not true,” and were “fabricated.”
Several voices, including White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz, have argued that Trump faces a huge problem as he tries to argue his way out of the picture Michelle Obama has painted of him.
Lashing out at Michelle Obama, Schultz argues, would only hurt Trump’s cause the more.