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Michelle Obama slams Trump over his statement on women

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Published: 11:55 GMT, Oct 14, 2016 |
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Campaign 2016 Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama said Thursday that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s boast on a 2005 tape about his fame allowing him to “do anything to women” shook her to the core.

Speaking at a campaign rally in New Hampshire for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, Obama called the comments “shocking and demeaning.”

“I can’t stop thinking about this. It has shaken to me to my core in a way that I couldn’t have predicted,” Obama said. “So while I would love nothing more than pretend that this isn’t happening and come out here and do my normal campaign speech, it would be dishonest and disingenuous to just move onto the next thing like this was all a bad dream. This is not something we can ignore.”

Her husband followed suit hours later with his own denunciation of Trump in a separate appearance. The president also saved some of his ire for the Republican establishment, saying those disavowing Trump now deserve no credit for their sudden change of heart after having “stood by silently” for so long to his objectionable behaviour.