The most powerful moment of the speech came when Obama spoke about how Trump’s comments resonated with her personally, and with so many other women:
I listen to all of this and I feel it so personally, as I’m sure 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? It’s cruel, it’s frightening. The truth is that it hurts.
It’s like that sick, sinking feeling you get when you’re walking down the street, minding your own business and some guy yells out vulgar words about your body. Or when you see that guy at work that stands just a little too close, stares a little too long, and makes you feel uncomfortable in your own skin. It’s that feeling of terror and violation that too many women have felt when someone has grabbed them or forced himself on them and they’ve said “No,” but he didn’t listen—something that we know happens on college campuses and countless other places every single day.
It reminds us of stories we’ve heard from our mothers and grandmothers about how back in their day the boss could say and do whatever he pleased to the women in the office, and even though they’d worked so hard, jumped over every hurdle to prove themselves, it was never enough. We thought all of that was ancient history, didn’t we? And so many have worked for so many years to end this kind of violence and abuse and disrespect, but here we are. It’s 2016 and we’re hearing these exact same things every day on the campaign trail. We are drowning in it.