Michelle Obama issued a deeply personal denunciation of Donald J. Trump on Thursday for his lewd comments about women, exhorting voters in scathing terms to reject his candidacy and the campaign’s increasingly vulgar tenor by backing Hillary Clinton as a matter of conscience.
“This is not normal. This is not politics as usual,” Mrs. Obama said in a 25-minute speech here during which her voice at times quavered with emotion. “This is disgraceful, it is intolerable, and it doesn’t matter what party you belong to,” she added. “No woman deserves to be treated this way — none of us deserves this kind of abuse.”
In remarks that were among the most outspoken by a first lady in modern history, Mrs. Obama, who has mostly avoided the political limelight, positioned herself at the center of a campaign she characterized as having devolved into “madness.” She implored voters to “stand up and say enough is enough.”
Again, I have no interest in defending Trump here simply because I'm not in the habit of defending the indefensible. But as is normally the case with the President or First Lady, their indignation is sprinkled with hypocrisy.
My friend Erin Haust said it best.
Oh SPARE ME! The woman who idolizes Beyonce & Jay Z, whose lyrics & music videos are some of the most disgusting displays of objectifying & degrading women in today's society, is lecturing us on "intolerable" language?
The hypocrisy is nauseating. Cannot wait for 2016 to be over.
I know what some of you may be thinking. You're thinking that someone like Jay Z merely raps about such acts whereas Trump actually perpetrates the actions of his vile rhetoric. If that's your mindset, then it's the equivalent of saying it's OK to merely deal hard drugs as opposed to actually using them.
Hey, whatever helps you assuage your conscience.