Yesterday, Michelle Obama gave a speech at a campaign rally for Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire. Her message was moving: This is not “politics as usual,” she says. Donald Trump’s words—and actions—are intolerable, regardless of the party with which you affiliate.
And it has now become impossible to detach character from policy. Because, at some point, we need to address the message we’ll be giving our children if Donald Trump reaches the Oval Office in a few short weeks.
“[We] think our nation’s leader should meet basic standards of human decency,” she says.
Basic standards of human decency should be a prerequisite for the leader of the country we call home.
No matter when it happened, the President of the United States of America should not boast about misogynistic, predatory and indisputably unlawful behavior—i.e. sexual assault, of which one in six American women, and one in 33 American men, is a victim.
Whether or not you choose to give merit to the continuing accusations of sexual misconduct by the Republican candidate, Donald Trump’s “locker room talk” is more than words for one American every two minutes. Whether or not you choose to believe the copious allegations against him, his words are feasibly responsible for inducing post-traumatic stress in the 288,820 victims of rape and sexual assault in the United States every single year.
On a related note, the President of the United States of America should not suggest that post-traumatic stress disorder is a weakness. PTSD, which 20 percent of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom veterans struggle to combat. PTSD, with which 12 percent of Gulf War veterans are diagnosed. PTSD, which 30 percent of Vietnam veterans experience in their lifetimes.
The President of the United States of America should not refer to his own daughter as a “piece of ass,” let alone assert that he’ll date someone else’s 10-year-old daughter, while claiming to have more respect for women than anyone.
The President of the United States of America should neither be the rhyme nor reason behind trending hashtags like #AnotherFakeTrumpVictim or #RepealThe19th.
“I have to tell you that I can’t stop thinking about this,” the First Lady says. “This is not about politics. It’s about right and wrong… We cannot endure this or expose our children to this for any longer—not for another minute, let alone four years.”