President Barack Obama on Tuesday issued a challenge to male voters to examine themselves and consider whether it’s sexism that’s keeping them from voting for Hillary Clinton.
“To the guys out there, I want to be honest. You know there’s a reason why we haven’t had a woman president before and I think sometimes we’re trying to get over the hump,” the president said while campaigning in Columbus, Ohio.
Obama asked men to think about their potential biases bias if they have any doubt about voting for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, who would be the first female president in U.S. history.
“I want every man out there who’s voting to kinda look inside yourself and ask yourself, if you’re having problems with this stuff, how much of it is that we’re just not used to it?” he said.
“When a guy is ambitious and out in the public arena and working hard, well that’s okay. But when a woman suddenly does it, suddenly you’re all like, well, why’s she doing that?”
“I want you to think about it because she is so much better qualified than the other guy. She has conducted herself so much better in public life than the other guy…This notion that somehow it’s hard to choose, it shouldn’t be,” the president said before adding: “Don’t be bamboozled.”
Mr. Obama blasted Donald Trump for his disrespectful treatment of women and said the behavior would continue should he be elected president.
“The only thing this office does is it amplifies who you are. It magnifies who you are,” he said. “If you disrespected women before you were elected, you will disrespect women once you’re president.”
You can watch the president’s speech here.