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Remarks about Women and their bodies emerging from a Presidential Candidate were “cruel, frightening, and it hurts,” says Michelle Obama

Obama did not mention the name Donald Trump during a rousing and highly emotional campaign speech for Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire

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First lady Michelle Obama speaks during a campaign rally for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in Manchester, New Hampshire, Oct. 13, 2016. VOA
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October 14, 2016: First lady Michelle Obama said on Thursday that remarks about women and their bodies emerging from one of the presidential candidates were “cruel, frightening, and it hurts.”

Obama did not mention the name Donald Trump during a rousing and highly emotional campaign speech for Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire. But she was clearly referring to fresh allegations from four women who say Trump groped and forced kisses on them.

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“This is not normal, This is not politics as usual,” Obama said. “This is disgraceful. It is intolerable. And it doesn’t matter what party you belong to — Democrat, Republican, independent — no woman deserves to be treated this way. None of us deserves this kind of abuse. … This has got to stop right now.”

Young women listen to first lady Michelle Obama speak during a campaign rally for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in Manchester, N.H., Oct. 13, 2016. VOA
Young women listen to first lady Michelle Obama speak during a campaign rally for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in Manchester, N.H., Oct. 13, 2016. VOA

The first lady said she was not just concerned about “a powerful individual speaking freely and openly about sexually predatory behaviour” and how that affects young girls and boys. She said the entire world looks toward the United States as a model for women’s rights and education.

Moral authority

“But if we have a president who routinely degrades women, who brags about sexually assaulting women, then how can we maintain our moral authority in the world?” Obama asked. “How can we continue to be a beacon of freedom and justice and human dignity?”

Trump was just as forceful in defending himself against allegations made by women in The New York Times, The Palm Beach (Florida) Post, and PeopleMagazine that he had groped them. He called their stories “totally, absolutely false.”

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“These claims are all fabricated. They’re pure fiction and outright lies,” Trump told supporters Thursday in Florida. “These events never, ever happened, and the people who said them fully understand.”

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the South Florida Fairgrounds and Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Fla., Oct. 13, 2016. VOA
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the South Florida Fairgrounds and Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Fla., Oct. 13, 2016. VOA

Trump said that he had “substantial evidence to dispute” the claims and that he would make it public at an “appropriate time very soon.”

Trump said Hillary and former President Bill Clinton know “very well” the stories are false. He called the U.S. media a “political special interest” allied with the Clintons in an effort to destroy his bid for the White House.

He demanded that the Times retract its story and threatened to sue the newspaper. An attorney for the Times said it stood by the story and welcomed the chance to meet Trump in court.

Clinton’s response

Hillary Clinton’s only response to the newest Trump allegations was to recommend that people watch Michelle Obama’s speech, saying the first lady made a “compelling and strong case about the stakes in the election.”

Seventy-four year-old Jessica Leeds told the Times that she sat next to Trump on an airline flight more than 30 years ago. She alleged Trump grabbed her breasts and tried to put his hand up her skirt before she fled to another seat in the back of the plane.

“He was like an octopus,” Leeds said. “His hands were everywhere.” She said she saw Trump two years later at a charity event and that he started insulting her.

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Another woman, Rachel Crooks, described her 2005 encounter with Trump, telling the Times that she met him for the first time outside an elevator in his Manhattan building and that he almost immediately started kissing her on the mouth.

Mindy McGillivray talked about her meeting with Trump to The Palm Beach Post, saying he grabbed her rear end backstage after a show at his Mar-a-Lago resort, where she was assisting a photographer.

Supporters of Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump recite the Pledge of Allegiance at a campaign rally in Panama City, Florida, Oct. 11, 2016. VOA
Supporters of Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump recite the Pledge of Allegiance at a campaign rally in Panama City, Florida, Oct. 11, 2016. VOA

Reporter’s account

People Magazine reporter Natasha Stoynoff talked about interviewing Trump and his then-pregnant wife, Melania, at Mar-a-Lago in 2005 when he took her into a room and “pushed me against the wall and forced his tongue down my throat.”

Stoynoff said Trump told her they were going to have an affair.

McGillivray and Leeds said they both shouted at their television sets during last Sunday’s Trump-Clinton debate when they heard him deny ever forcing himself on women.

Trump was answering a question about a leaked 2005 videotape in which he bragged that he could grope women because he is a “star.” He dismissed the remarks as “locker-room banter,” but he apologized and said he hated what he had said.

The allegations against Trump may have wrecked his presidential hopes.

RealClearPolitics, a political website, said Clinton nationally now had a 6 percentage-point lead over Trump with the election less than a month away.

Many fellow Republicans have seemingly conceded the White House to Clinton and are now focused on maintaining control of Congress. (VOA)

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Brown: The colour of toil but non-acceptance across the West?

"This is now our destiny as brown people. Our labour is needed, but citizenship is denied."

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Police Chief David Brown. Image Source: Twitter
  • Kamal Al Solaylee’s book Brown highlights the problems of ‘brown’ people in Trump’s rule
  • Donald Trump is often accused of malingering the image of brown people
  • this book cites many examples of discrimination which brown people go through

Title: Brown: What Being Brown in the World Today Means (to Everyone); Author: Kamal Al Solaylee

All our social development and our technological advancements don’t seem enough to eradicate our long-persisting atavistic sense of difference based on appearance, which though long-suppressed is now emerging free from its restraints — as proved by the recent intemperate comments by US President Donald Trump on immigrants from a certain set of countries.

Trump’s thinking, as seen in his off-the-cuff remarks, underscore that the questionable classification of race, expressed by the obviously evident and inescapable feature of a person’s skin, is well alive — and extends beyond the white-black binary. What about the yellow, or rather, the (as necessary for the global economy but far more exploited) brown?

Donald Trump is famous for his rude comments towards brown people. wikimedia commons
Donald Trump is famous for his rude comments towards brown people. wikimedia commons

Trump is only one leading manifestation of the malaise facing brown people — which include West Asians, Latin Americans, North Africans, and South and Southeast Asians — and far beyond the West too or from the “Whites”, says Yemeni-origin, Egypt-bred, Canadian journalist-turned-academician Al Solaylee in this book.

Trump’s victory “largely (but not exclusively)” rode on demonising Mexicans, galvanising sentiment against Muslims and championing white nationalism, the vote for Brexit was mostly pioneered by those with a restrictive view of Englishness, the record of Canada under Stephen Harper’s Conservatives — all these are obscure racial conflicts brewing in the US and Europe for decades now.

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“Examine these tensions closely and you’ll find a strong anti-brown sentiment at the core,” says Al Solaylee as he traces the response to, as well as the experiences of, the residents of Global South, who are forced to migrate to — and much needed in — the Developed North for various reasons, not least of which is the latter’s colonial record.

“Brown as the colour of cheap labour continues on a global scale… brown bodies undertake the work that white and older immigrant Americans refuse to do (and those black slaves were forced to do in previous centuries).

These are low-skill, labour-intensive jobs in unforgiving climates,” he says, but also that these are not limited to the Western nations but also in the more affluent parts of Asia itself too.

“This is now our destiny as brown people. Our labour is needed, but citizenship is denied; our presence as Muslims or religious minorities is offered as an example of the tolerant, diverse societies in which we live, but we continue to be feared,” says Al Solaylee.

And there is no difference whether this is deliberate or mistaken as he goes to cite the cases of the racist slurs on Sikh volunteers feeding the homeless in Manchester in the wake of the May 2017 terror attack, or the fatal shooting of Indian techie Srinivas Kuchibhotla in the US in February 2017 by an American who thought he and his friend were Iranians and screaming at them to “get out of his country”.

Al Solaylee contends we think of brown as a “continuum, a grouping — a metaphor, even — for the millions of darker-skinned people who, in broad historical terms, have missed out on the economic and political gains of the post-mobility, equality and freedom”. They are now living, he says, among former colonial masters where they are “transforming themselves from nameless individuals with swarthy skins into neighbours, co-workers and friends”.

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And it is their story he tells — both in their homes from the Philippines to Sri Lanka and workplaces from Hong Kong to the Gulf as well as Western Europe and North America.

Al Solaylee, however, starts with first recounting his own childhood experience on learning he is brown after seeing an English movie featuring a white child and coming to terms with “brownness” in his journeys around the world and interactions with other browns (fairness creams figure largely as well as the concern that he settle down) as well as Brown’s significance in nature and culture.

He then takes up the human obsession with race, despite the concept being debunked, except in politics before his exploration of the experiences and consequences of being brown around the world.

A stirring travelogue, incisive social and political comment and a passionate cry to rise above unavoidable consequences of geography and genes, this invaluable work rises in importance beyond its subject to be a seminal guide to the world today — and what it will soon be — particularly the US. IANS