Michelle Obama Knockout Blow  photo via White House (public domain)

Michelle Obama, Knockout Blow
photo via White House (public domain)

“Wow! Just think–in a couple of years I’ll be dating you.” – Donald Trump to 14-year-old girl [Los Angeles Times]

IF YOU want to know the differences in being a Democrat and being a Republican in 2016, all you had to do was listen to First Lady Michelle Obama‘s towering speech on character, and sexual assault, then turn to hear the man to whom she was referring (without saying his name) give his own.

FLOTUS went high.

She spoke to me when saying

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 come out here and do my normal campaign speech, it would be dishonest and disingenuous for me to move on to the next thing like this was just a bad dream.

The Donald went mud low and by doing so unwittingly set First Lady Michelle Obama on a course to galvanize American women.

For people like me, however, hearing Donald challenge the First Amendment is even more dangerous, because it would prohibit women from telling our truths. That’s what Donald Trump is seeking, our silence.

The notion that Trump could successfully sue the New York Times is laughable, but yet the Republican Pravda nominee did just that.

From the New York Times

Still, the letter Mr. Trump’s lawyers sent to The Times on Wednesday — in which he threatened to sue the newspaper for publishing an article detailing two women’s allegations that Mr. Trump had groped or kissed them without consent — is extraordinary in its complete misunderstanding of both the facts and the law.

The letter charged the article with being “libelous,” “reckless” and “defamatory,” called it a “politically-motivated effort to defeat Mr. Trump’s candidacy” and accused The Times of inadequately investigating the truth of the claims.

Similar accounts by other women were published recently in The Palm Beach Post, in People magazine, by NBC News and by a television station in Washington State.

Thomas Jefferson warned us a long time ago.

“I deplore . . . the putrid state into which the newspapers have passed, and the malignity, the vulgarity and mendacious spirit of those who write them . . . These ordures are rapidly depraving the public taste. It is however an evil for which there is no remedy; our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.” [Baltimore Sun]

No one has put Congress in play in a more effective manner than the Republican nominee.

It’s up to voters to do the rest.

photo: First Lady Michelle Obama wears a shawl presented to her by Tribe Chairman Dave Archambault II and Mrs. Nicole Archambault during the Cannon Ball Flag Day Celebration at the Cannon Ball powwow grounds, during a visit to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Reservation in Cannon Ball, N.D., June 13, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)