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Michelle Obama delivers what may be a defining moment in the presidential campaign (Los Angeles Times link): First Lady Michelle Obama starred in a defining moment of the presidential race Thursday, delivering a stinging and emotional condemnation of Donald Trump’s behavior toward women that framed the election as no longer about ideology, but human decency.
Obama put aside her standard stump speech to express disgust and outrage with Trump’s lewd boasts about forcing himself on women, which multiple women accuse him of acting on. She said Trump’s behavior “has shaken me to my core.”
“I can’t believe I am saying that a candidate for president of the United States has actually bragged about sexually assaulting women,” Obama told the crowd. “I cannot stop thinking about this.” She spoke forcefully about the hurtful impact the GOP nominee’s talk has generally on American women, who still find themselves regularly subjected to humiliating and unwanted advances.
“This is not normal,” Obama said, without once naming Trump, as is her usual practice. “This is not politics as usual. This is disgraceful. This is intolerable."
In the New Hampshire address, Obama framed the election as a crucial moment for the history of women – not only because the first female nominee of a major party is on the ballot, but also because they can send a message that Trump’s attitudes and behavior toward woman are unacceptable in modern society.
"The men in my life do not talk about women like this,” Obama said. “Strong men, men who are truly role models, don’t need to put down women for themselves to feel powerful."
“This is not something we can sweep under the rug as just another disturbing footnote in a sad election,” she said. “This was a powerful individual speaking freely and openly about sexually predatory behavior. … We cannot endure this or expose our children to this any longer, not for another minute, let alone for four years.
“Now is the time for all of us to stand up and say, enough is enough. This has got to stop right now.”
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Video Just Surfaced Of Trump Defending Rapist Teachers (Occupy Democrats link): New video just surfaced of Republican nominee Donald Trump giving an interview to entertainment TV program “EXTRA” in 2012 in which he excused and defended female teachers who rape underage students. Even EXTRA’s interviewer was shocked by the reality TV star’s casual, yet firm dismissal of what are plainly sex crimes.
TRUMP: “Well, I don’t think the male students have been hurt by it. In fact, they’re going around bragging about it as I understand it.”
TRUMP: “I don’t see a lot of damage done. But it’s a very unusual situation. I would say her husband cannot be happy.”
Donald Trump has been married three times and cheated on all of his wives — and the worst thing he could say about statutory rape is that it would be only bad if the women were cheating on their husbands. It’s a damning revelation of the mentality of the Republican presidential hopeful: it’s ok to rape.
“From the fullness of the heart, the mouth speaks,” said Democratic VP nominee Tim Kaine at last week’s debate.
After the Trump Tapes were revealed this week, ten more women have stepped forward with sexual assault allegations or impropriety at the pageants he owned.
Now, the Republican nominee’s past statements about women are being given extra scrutiny — and with scary results.
It’s starting to become apparent that Donald Trump left a trail of verbal clues about his serial sexual assaults, just like comedian Bill Cosby did in many of his voluminous recordings. Cosby’s recordings were ignored until someone found him admitting to spiking the bar-b-cue sauce in the creepiest ever joke told on a network television sitcom.
Donald Trump – like the famously conservative Bill Cosby – has set in motion events that are sure to seal his downfall, revealing a lifetime of abusing women.