Former First Lady Michelle Obama has never been shy about speaking her mind. In fact, she recently addressed the recent mounting sexual misconduct allegations that have been revealed lately. The former first lady says the allegations make her “sick.” She then went on to encourage men to do more to combat harassment and assault instead of being “innocent bystanders.” She explained: “I can’t tell you how sick it makes me, the more I see the uncovering of the truth that all us women know has been out there, that there is an ugliness there.”
She continued: “If we want young women to be strong and have voices and advocate for themselves, then we have to realize how much work we have to do,’’ Obama added. “And I’m talking to the men out there, who cannot be innocent bystanders and complacent…watching this happen.” She went on to say that her success in life is due to the fact that she was “loved and nurtured and invested [in].”
The sexual misconduct allegations are bipartisan. Not only has GOP Senate candidate had five women come forward to share their inappropriate encounters with Moore, but a Los Angeles morning show host came forward with allegations that Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) forcibly kissed her and groped her in 2006. Franken immediately apologized and called for an investigation into his actions.
However, Moore has yet to take responsibility for his actions. What’s more, President Trump also had over a dozen women come forward to share their accounts of harassment by the current President. Yet, like Moore, Trump denies any wrongdoing. In fact, both Republicans seem to ignore the allegations against them and suggest that the women are lying. Whereas, Sen. Franken said his accuser deserved to be “heard and believed.” Perhaps this is the type of complacency Obama was referring to in her speech?