Michelle Obama used a rare appearance on the campaign trail Thursday to lambaste Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump for leaked statements he made about women in 2005.
While stumping for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire, the first lady urged voters to reject Trump after derogatory comments he made about women in a hot-mic video were released by the Washington Post last week.
“To dismiss this as everyday locker-room talk is an insult to decent men everywhere,” Obama said. “The men that you and I know don’t treat women this way. They are loving fathers who are sickened by the thought of their daughters being exposed to this kind of vicious language about women.”
“These men are worried about the impact this election is having on our boys, who are looking for role models of what it means to be a man,” she added.
The tape showed a “powerful individual” speaking openly about “sexually predatory behavior,” Obama added, and “using language so obscene that many of us are worried about our children hearing it when we turn on the TV.”
Obama said the comments show his character and seem to be one of “countless examples of how he has treated women his whole life.”
In 2008, the first lady used a similar “family values” line of attack to criticize Clinton and her husband Bill Clinton, arguing that “if you can’t run your own house, you certainly can’t run the White House.”
Remember that time Michelle Obama used Bill Clinton's cheating to say Hillary shouldn't be President? I do. pic.twitter.com/zi6DywEHtF
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) September 18, 2016
Obama’s speech was timed to take place directly before Trump once more addressed the issues in a press conference Thursday — during which he blamed the media for spreading lies about his behavior and suggested that his opponent, Clinton, should be “locked up” for her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.