Michelle Obama's Best Takedowns Of Trump

First Lady Michelle Obama generally avoids partisan spats, but she isn't afraid to get into the political arena when the integrity of the country is on the line. And she thinks Republican nominee Donald Trump's treatment of women is tarnishing the reputation of America and the American people. 

"I can't believe I'm saying a candidate for president of the United States has bragged about sexually assaulting women," Obama said at a Clinton campaign stop in New Hampshire yesterday. 

"I've listened to this, and I feel it so personally. And I'm sure that many of you do, too - particularly the women. The shameful comments about our bodies. The disrespect of our ambitions and intellect. The belief that you can do anything you want to a woman. That is cruel. It's frightening. And the truth is, it hurts."

And she argues that Trump has insulted men by trying to defend his remarks as locker room talk.

"To dismiss this as everyday locker room talk is an insult to decent men everywhere," she added. "The men that you and I know don't treat women this way. They are loving fathers who are sickened by the thought of their daughters being exposed to this kind of vicious language about women."


These remarks are definitely her harshest criticism of Trump so far. But this isn't the first time she's taken The Donald to task. Here's a look back at some of her best takedowns of Trump.

1. Tax Evasion Isn't Intelligence

Donald Trump turned heads at the first presidential debate when he said that avoiding paying taxes "makes me smart." But Michelle Obama says that attitude makes him unfit for president. 

"We need someone who's honest and plays by the rules," she said at a Clinton campaign stop in Charlotte, North Carolina earlier this month. "Because not paying taxes for years and years while the rest of us pay our fare share doesn't make you smarter than the rest of us. No, we need a president who will choose to do what's best for the country even when it doesn't personally benefit them."

2. Trump's Temper Tantrums

The Republican nominee is infamous for throwing tantrums in public -- whether at debates, during speeches or on Twitter. That sort of immature behavior might be entertaining for a reality TV star. But Michelle Obama says it would be disastrous in a president. 

"We...need someone who is steady and measured," she said last month in a Clinton rally at Philadelphia's La Salle University. "Because when making life or death, war or peace decisions, a president can't just pop off or lash out irrationally. No, we need an adult in the White House."


3. Tearing Down Trump's Wall

Michelle Obama doesn't just think Trump's plan to build a giant wall along the Mexican-American border is ludicrous. She thinks it's un-American.

"Here in America, we don't give into our fears," she said last June during a commencement address at The City College of New York. "We don't build up walls to keep people out. Because we know that our greatness has always depended on contributions from people who were born elsewhere but sought out this country and made it their home."

4. Keeping America Great

For over a year, Donald Trump has been telling Americans that they need to join him to "make America great again" -- the slogan of his presidential campaign. But Michelle Obama disagrees. She thinks that America is already better than it's ever been.

"I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves," she said during the 2016 Democratic National Convention. "And I watch my daughters -- two beautiful, intelligent black young women playing with their dogs on the White House lawn. And because of Hillary Clinton, my daughters, and all our sons and daughters now take for granted that a woman can be president of the United States. So don't let anyone ever tell you that this country isn't great, that somehow we need to make it great again. Because this right now is the greatest country on earth."

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