Michelle Obama took the mic at a Hillary rally on Thursday and fired off a series of heat-seeking missiles at Donald Trump.
With emotion, referencing Trump’s 2005 tape, she implied that the GOP nominee supports “predatory behavior.” Then, she referenced newer reports that accuse Trump of sexual assault, saying, “This wasn’t an isolated incident.”
She threw in a few more punches about how the video shook her “to the core” and didn’t match up to “basic standards of human decency.”
The footage of Mrs. Obama’s comments have gone viral and much of the media have angled their headlines about Trump’s “predatory behavior” accordingly.
- At CNN: Michelle Obama denounces Trump for ‘bragging about sexually assaulting women’
- At Bloomberg: Michelle Obama Excoriates Donald Trump for ‘Predatory Behavior’
- At Vox: Watch: Michelle Obama’s powerful speech on the Trump sexual assault allegations
With such accusations to his character, most would expect Trump to respond to the first lady. Keep in mind: A first lady who just used her world stage to identify a man that millions of Americans are planning to vote for as a sexual predator of sorts.
But the White House doesn’t want Trump reacting, so they issued him a one-line warning, via Politico:
“I can’t think of a bolder way for Donald Trump to lose even more standing than he already has than by engaging the first lady of the United States,” principal deputy White House press secretary Eric Schultz told reporters during a gaggle aboard Air Force One.
For now, Trump has remained silent about Mrs. Obama’s comments. But The Donald doesn’t do silence well. And considering the heavy charges from the first lady, one might argue that he has every right to break the silence and hit back.