President Obama clearly believes that the key to a historic election this November rests in challenging voters' unconscious biases.
"You know, there's a reason we haven't had a woman president before," Obama told 5,800 voters at Capital University's indoor sports complex in Ohio on Tuesday.
In his 43-minute speech, the president called out sexism as the reason why some men are not supporting the 2016 Democratic nominee. "I hope my daughters are going to be able to achieve anything they want to achieve," Obama said. "And I know that my wife is not just my equal, but my superior."
During his passionate speech, the president asked men to "look inside" and, if they're struggling to make a decision, to ask themselves, "How much of it is that we're just not used to it?"
"When a guy is ambitious and out in the public arena and working hard, well, that's okay," he said. "But when a woman suddenly does it, suddenly you're all like, well, why's she doing that?"
Obama then pointed out that although Clinton has been more respectful to voters than her opponent, she is "consistently treated differently" than other candidates and held to a higher standard because of her gender. The same, he suggested, cannot be said of the other frontrunner.
"If you disrespected women before you were elected, you will disrespect women once you're president," Obama said.
Misogyny seems to be a deciding factor in the 2016 election. A recent study concluded that voters with hostile views of women are more likely to support Donald Trump. However, Obama remains hopeful.
"You have a chance to reject divisiveness," the president said. "You have a chance to reject mean-spiritedness in our politics. You have a chance to reject those who would take us backwards, and instead choose the progress that we can keep on making over the next four years, the next eight years, the next 12 years," he said to loud cheers from the energetic crowd."
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