Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama spoke out against bullies -- both in the classroom and the 2016 presidential race -- in their first joint campaign appearance on Thursday.
“You may have noticed that I have been doing some campaigning for Hillary,” Michelle Obama said. “And I know that there are some folks out there who have commented that it’s been unprecedented for a sitting first lady to be so actively engaged in a presidential campaign. And that may be true, but what’s also true is that this is truly an unprecedented election.”
The first lady has been one of Clinton’s most effective surrogates this campaign ever since her well-reviewed address at the Democratic National Convention in July. She has become one of the most popular public figures in America and has been deployed to college campuses in swing states to encourage young voters to cast ballots early.
“Seriously is there anyone more inspiring that Michelle Obama?” Clinton said during her introduction of the first lady.
Clinton praised Obama for her passionate speech earlier this month taking on Donald Trump for lewd comments he made against women that were captured on a 2005 recording.
“Dignity and respect for women and girls is also on the ballot this election,” the Democratic nominee said. “And I want to thank our first lady for that powerful, eloquent defense of that basic value.”
During the rally at Wake-Forest University in North Carolina, Clinton outlined an anti-bullying plan while talking about the ugliness of the 2016 race.
“Kids are scared,” Clinton said. “Little girls hear the ugly things that have been said about women in this campaign and it makes them feel terrible and doubt themselves.”
Without mentioning his name, Obama said Donald Trump and his allies are hoping to make the election so negative that Americans completely tune it out and don’t show up to the voting booth.
“So when you hear folks talk about a global conspiracy and saying that this election is rigged, understand that they are trying to get you to stay home. ...They are trying to take away your hope,” she said.