Michelle Obama campaigned for Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire today. She quoted a six-year-old boy:
“You cannot be President if you call someone a piggy.”
Even a six-year-old knows better [Michelle Obama, quoted by Matt Wilstein, “Michelle Obama Obliterated Donald Trump Without Once Saying His Name,” The Daily Beast, 2016.10.13].
The First Lady’s speech is one solid, impeccable call to basic human decency, a repudiation of the monstrous attitude the sexually predatory Republican Presidential nominee has expressed toward women and girls like her two daughters.
A six-year-old knows this is not how adults behave, it’s not how decent human beings behave and this is certainly not how someone who wants to be president of the United States behaves.
Because let’s be very clear, strong men, men who are truly role models, don’t need to put down women to make themselves feel powerful. People who are truly powerful bring others together. That is what we need in our next president. We need someone who is a uniting force in this country. We need someone who will heal the wounds that divide us. Someone who truly cares about us and our children. Someone with strength and compassion to lead this country forward.
I’m here today because I believe with all of my heart that Hillary Clinton will be that president [Michelle Obama, 2016.10.13].
Donald Trump’s effort to pre-empt his election loss by claiming the election is rigged are like his treatment of women. He doesn’t respect women who say no. He doesn’t respect women enough to give them the chance to say no. He just forces himself upon them, as if he is entitled to use their bodies for his gratification.
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 who stands a little too close, who 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, and they’ve said NO, but he didn’t listen [Michelle Obama, 2016.10.13].
“Now is the time for all of us to stand up and say, ‘Enough is enough,’ said Michelle Obama. “This has got to stop right now.”
It is finally time to tell Donald no.
Say no to Donald. Say no to his aggression, his insults, his entitlement mentality. Say no to Donald’s disrespect to women, to decency, to democracy.
p.s.: Rep. Kristi Noem, mother of two daughters and a son, says she hopes women will understand her continued support for electing a sexual predator to the White House.
pp.s.: Oh yeah, back to qualifications, says fellow American Tom Hanks to the BBC: