Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Michelle Obama says she'll never forgive Trump over birther conspiracy: memoir

Michelle Obama and Donald Trump Modal Trigger Michelle Obama and Donald Trump AP; Getty Images
Patty Aguilar | 09 November, 2018, 19:53

Former first lady Michelle Obama in her upcoming book laid out her most damning statement against President Donald Trump, who she said promoted the "dangerous" birther conspiracy that could have endangered her family's safety. Michelle went in-depth on Trump's comments, saying "What if someone with an unstable mind loaded a gun and drove to Washington? What if that person went looking for our girls?" she wrote in the book "Becoming".

"Donald Trump, with his loud and reckless innuendos, was putting my family's safety at risk", she added. "I'll never forgive him [Barack Obama] for what he did to our military", he said.

In the book, Obama also spoke about her reaction to the "Access Hollywood" video in which Trump boasted about sexually assaulting women.

Mrs Obama writes that they met with a counsellor "a handful of times", and she came to realise that she was more "in charge" of her happiness than she had realised.

Trump's message, according to Obama, in words which appear in the book in darkened print: "I can hurt you and get away with it".

The Washington Post obtained a copy of Becoming, and the Post notes in a Thursday evening review that Obama discusses "what she calls the angry black woman "trap" that dogged her".

She expresses disbelief over how so many American women would choose a "misogynist" over Democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton, "an exceptionally qualified female candidate".

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Obama also reiterates that politics isn't for her, alluding to her previous dismissal of a potential 2020 presidential run.

The comments were some of Michelle Obama's most direct aimed at the current President, whom she has mostly avoided criticising since leaving the White House a year ago.

Obama launches her promotional tour Tuesday not at a bookstore, but at Chicago's United Center, where tens of thousands of people have purchased tickets - from just under $30 to thousands of dollars - to attend the event moderated by Oprah Winfrey.

"I was very surprised, pleasantly surprised, by the level of candor and the level at which she opened herself up", she added.

She revisits the thrill of her romance with Barack, which began when she was his advisor at a Chicago law firm, describing it as a "toppling blast of lust, gratitude, fulfillment, wonder".

As the first black first lady, she knew she would be labeled "other" and would have to earn the aura of "grace" given freely to her white predecessors. President Trump, as a businessman, was attacking Barack Obama. She says she has a "phenomenal marriage" and "we work on our marriage".

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