Hillary Clinton praised Michelle Obama for her speech Thursday, which called out Donald Trump and his behavior toward women without mentioning the Republican presidential candidate by name.
Speaking on Friday’s Ellen DeGeneres Show, Clinton said Obama “put into words what so many people are feeling and not just women and girls – men and boys.”
On Thursday, Obama spoke on behalf of Clinton during a campaign stop in New Hampshire, and called out Trump for boasting in a 2005 video he can grab women “by the p—y” because of his fame.
“The fact is that in this election, we have a candidate for president of the United States who, over the course of his lifetime and the course of this campaign, has said things about women that are so shocking, so demeaning that I simply will not repeat anything here today,” Obama said. “And last week, we saw this candidate actually bragging about sexually assaulting women. And I can’t believe that I’m saying that a candidate for president of the United States has bragged about sexually assaulting women. And I have to tell you that I can’t stop thinking about this. It has shaken me to my core in a way that I couldn’t have predicted. So while I’d love nothing more than to pretend like this isn’t happening, and to come out here and do my normal campaign speech, it would be dishonest and disingenuous to me to just move on to the next thing like this was all just a bad dream.”
In addition to praising Obama, Clinton told DeGeneres that Trump’s rhetoric against women fits a pattern that has been repeated throughout the campaign. “It’s not just what Trump has said about women, as terrible as that has been. What he said about immigrants and African-Americans and Latinos and people with disabilities and POWs and our military and Muslims and everybody. He has been so insulting and derogatory.”
She added, “I celebrate our diversity – I’m proud of so many things about our country, but one is clearly that we lift each other up, we don’t put each other down. We show respect for each other. That’s what I want to try to ask people to do in these closing days of this campaign. Let’s show some kindness and respect toward each other and let’s really repudiate the meanness the divisiveness the bullying that we’ve seen from the other side. If we do, then after this election, let’s try to come together and heal all of the divides that are between us right now.”
While Clinton is leading in the national polls, however, the Democratic candidate cautioned against those who think the election is over in the wake of Trump’s latest scandals – which include multiple women coming forward to accuse the candidate of sexual misconduct (claims Trump has denied).
“Well, obviously there’s a lot that is coming out which is distressing on many levels, but I don’t want anybody to think this election’s over,” Clinton told DeGeneres. “Because it’s been so unpredictable up till’ now that I’m not taking anything for granted. We’ve got to work really hard for the next three and a half weeks because who knows. Who knows what can happen. So everybody who’s watching and everybody who has followed this election, please turn out and vote.”
Watch Clinton and DeGeneres below.