US First Lady Michelle Obama has launched a scathing attack on Donald Trump over his "demeaning" remarks about women, saying the Republican Presidential nominee's "sexually predatory behaviour" has left her "shaken" to the core.
"The fact is that in this election, we have a candidate for President of the US who, over the course of his lifetime and the course of this campaign, has said things about women that are so shocking, so demeaning that I simply will not repeat anything here today," she said at an election rally in Manchester, New Hampshire yesterday.
"Last week, we saw this candidate actually bragging about sexually assaulting women. And I can't believe that I'm saying that a candidate for President of the United States has bragged about sexually assaulting women," Michelle said in an impassioned campaign speech without taking the name of Trump.
Noting that she cannot stop thinking about the remarks, 52-year-old Michelle said it had "shaken me to my core in a way that I couldn't have predicted."
"While I'd love nothing more than to pretend like this isn't happening, and to come out here and do my normal campaign speech, it would be dishonest and disingenuous to me to just move on to the next thing like this was all just a bad dream," she said.
Michelle said this was not something that one can ignore.
"It's not something 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 just locker-room banter,'" she noted.
"This was a powerful individual speaking freely and openly about sexually predatory behaviour, 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," she added.
Observing that it seems that the case is not an isolated incident, Michelle said it is one of countless examples of how he has treated women his whole life.
"I have to tell you that I listen to all of this and I feel it so personally, and I'm sure that many of you do too, particularly the women. 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," she said.
"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," Michelle said.
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