Michelle Obama: Donald Trump has lost touch 'living life high up in a tower'

  • 21/10/2016
Michelle Obama campaigning for Hillary Clinton in Phoenix, Arizona (Getty)
Michelle Obama campaigning for Hillary Clinton in Phoenix, Arizona (Getty)

Michelle Obama has blown the roof off an Arizona convention centre in what may have been one of the best speeches of the presidential campaign trail.

The First Lady spoke passionately about woman's rights, hope and the importance of people getting out and voting.

She was quick to slam Republican nominee Donald Trump and his scaremongering tactics.

"We have a candidate whose vision for our country is completely and utterly lacking in hope ... A candidate who calls on us to turn against each other, to build walls, to be afraid."

She drew on the deep divide between the up-bringing of both sides of the competition, gaining big applause for her comments.

"Perhaps living life high up in a tower, in a world of exclusive clubs,  measuring success by wins and losses and the number of zeroes in your bank account, perhaps you just develop a different set of values."

She also highlighted all of the minority groups that Donald Trump has marginalised during the campaign.

"Maybe it's easy for him to mock people with disabilities because he is unable to see their strength and contributions." 

"Maybe that's why he demeans and humiliates women, as if we're objects meant solely for pleasure and entertainment, rather than human beings worthy of love and respect."

"Maybe that's why he thinks we should be afraid of our Muslim brothers and sisters - because he has no idea who they are. He doesn't understand that they are 'us'."

Ms Obama connected with the audience by reflecting on her own upbringing which she says wasn't any different to the rest of them.

She compared her story to that of her husband as well as Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton: explaining how their parents all worked extremely hard to get their children to where they are today.

 "We have a very different perspective on this country, one that has everything to do with where we come from and how we were raised.  You see, we all grew up in working families."

"My dad was a shift worker at the city water plant, and let me tell you, he and my mom scrimped and saved every penny to send me and my brother to college."

She spoke about how thankful she was about getting to where she is today and that voters need to protect democracy in a country where "anything is possible."

"Right now, we are at a crossroads, in this election and in this country, where we're being presented with two very, very different visions for how we move forward as a nation."

She left the audience with: "We have 19 days".