The first lady comes out swinging against Donald Trump. He's facing a mountain of controversy after five women accused the Republican nominee of sexual harassment. It was revealed by The New York Times and the Republican nominee is on the defensive.
First Lady Michelle Obama delivered a powerful statement today going after Trump.
Speaking at a rally for Hillary Clinton in Manchester, New Hampshire, Obama lit into Trump over a video that surfaced last week in which he can be heard talking about being sexually aggressive with women.
"I can't believe I'm saying a candidate for president of the United States has bragged about sexually assaulting women," Obama said.
The speech was an uncharacteristically direct attack from the first lady, who said she eschewed her "normal campaign speech" because it would have been "dishonest and disingenuous to me to just move on to the next thing like this was all just a bad dream."
The first lady never addressed Trump by name, referring to him only as a "candidate." She began the speech by reflecting on what she called a "rough week in an already rough election."
The current first lady is lending her aid to the former first lady, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
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Obama urges supporters of Clinton to vote early. She says the time to be on the sidelines is over.
"This is not something that we can ignore," Obama added. "It's not something that we can just sweep under the rug as just another disturbing footnote in a sad election season."
Obama also cautioned against a "protest vote" and urged the supporters gathered to do "everything possible to elect Hillary Clinton."
"If you vote for someone other than Hillary ... you are helping to elect her opponent," Obama said.
"We need to recover from our shock and our depression," she added, referring to the sordid campaign developments, "and we need to do what women have always done in this country: we need to roll up our sleeves and get to work."
Many Republicans have denounced Trump and fear him on the ticket could hurt their chances at the election.
For his part, Trump struck back at Clinton and Republicans for writing him off. We'll cover this in a moment.