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Michelle Obama Can't Believe Donald Trump Is Still an Option for President

The first lady gave a rousing, personal speech Thursday about sexism in America and Trump's "locker room banter."

by Lauren Messman
Oct 13 2016, 6:41pm

First Lady Michelle Obama knows how to give a speech—just go back and watch the awe-inspiring address she delivered at the Democratic National Convention last July, arguably overshadowing both her husband and Hillary Clinton.

On Thursday, Obama used her commanding presence to finally tackle the incendiary comments Donald Trump was caught making about women and the many accusations of inappropriate sexual harassment that followed. While campaigning for Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire, the first lady sidestepped her planned speech to give a rousing, personal take on the Republican candidate—without ever mentioning him by name.

"I can't believe that I'm saying that a candidate for president of the United States has bragged about sexually assaulting women," she said. "And I have to tell you that I can't stop thinking about this. It has shaken me to my core in a way that I couldn't have predicted."

"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," Obama continued. "This is not normal. This is not politics as usual. This is disgraceful, it is intolerable, and it doesn't matter what party you belong to. No woman deserves to be treated this way—none of us deserves this kind of abuse."

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