First Lady: Trump Allegations Have 'Shaken Me to My Core'

Michelle Obama calls on women to say 'enough is enough' to GOP nominee
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 13, 2016 1:04 PM CDT

Donald Trump has had a bruising week with hot mics and accusations of sexual misconduct, and one person who's "shaken to the core" by the din surrounding the GOP nominee: Michelle Obama, who spoke on the matter at a Hillary Clinton campaign event Thursday in Manchester, NH, reports ABC News. "I can't believe I'm saying that a candidate for president of the United States has bragged about sexually assaulting women," she said, adding that she hasn't been able to stop thinking about it. "I have to tell you that I—I can't stop thinking about this. It has shaken me to my core in a way that I couldn't have predicted."

Politico notes that the first lady's voice broke a few times as she addressed Trump's remarks, saying that type of talk was similar to other uncomfortable, harassing situations women often find themselves in, such as being catcalled on the street. She railed against the concept that "shameful comments" about women's bodies and "disrespect of our intelligence" are OK, adding, "The belief you can do anything to a woman? It is cruel. It's frightening. And the truth is, it hurts." She called on US women to rally over what she said was more than just a "lewd conversation." "It's not something we can just sweep under the rug as just another disturbing footnote in a sad election season," she said. "Now is time for us to stand up and say, enough is enough." (More Michelle Obama stories.)

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