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First Lady Michelle Obama delivered a stirring speech about Donald Trump’s recent remarks about women, as well as the many sexual assault allegations levied against the Republican nominee since the weekend. While addressing Hillary Clinton supporters at a campaign stop in New Hampshire on Thursday, the outgoing first lady said she “[couldn’t] stop thinking about this,” for Trump’s volatile words and the claims against him had “shaken me to my core in a way that I couldn’t have predicted.”
Throughout the speech, Obama offered poignant remarks about masculinity, femininity and equality that — truth be told — all Americans should listen to at least once today. That said, the breakout moment came when the visibly shaking first lady discussed Trump’s recent behavior:
“This is not something that we can ignore. It’s not something that we can just sweep under the rug as just another disturbing footnote in a sad election season. Because this was not just a lewd conversation. This wasn’t locker room banter. This was a powerful individual speaking freely and openly about sexually predatory behavior, and actually bragging about kissing and groping women. Using language so obscene that many of us were worried about our children hearing it when we turn on the TV.”
Trump has denied the most recent allegations against him, and has threatened to sue the New York Times and other news outlets for carrying the stories. However, Trump’s vile thoughts on such behavior — although not the behavior itself — have been well documented, thanks in part to a leaked Access Hollywood interview and a 2005 visit to Howard Stern’s show. Hence why Vice President Joe Biden, who introduced the Violence Against Women Act in the ’90s, called it “the textbook definition of sexual assault” on Wednesday.
You can watch Michelle’s full speech below.