U.S. President-elect Donald Trump greets outgoing first lady Michelle Obama as President Barack Obama (R) looks on as they attends Trumps inauguration ceremonies on the Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria – HT1ED1K1ABD04
Former first lady Michelle Obama blasts President Trump in her new book, recalling how she reacted in shock the night she learned he would replace her husband in the Oval Office and tried to "block it all out."
Michelle Obama criticizes President Trump in memoir
In her memoir "Becoming," set to come out Tuesday, Michelle Obama denounces the president for bragging in 2005 about sexually assaulting women, according to The Associated Press, which obtained a copy. She says his comments on the infamous "Access Hollywood" tape meant, "I can hurt you and get away with it."
She also accuses Trump of using body language to "stalk" his 2016 opponent, Hillary Clinton, during an election debate. She says Trump followed Clinton around the stage, stood too close and tried to diminish her presence.
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 familys safety.
“The whole [birther] thing was crazy and mean-spirited, of course, its underlying bigotry and xenophobia hardly concealed,” Obama wrote in her memoir, according to a Washington Post review. “But it was also dangerous, deliberately meant to stir up the wingnuts and kooks.”
For years, even prior to the 2012 US presidential election, Trump fueled the racist conspiracy theory that questioned the authenticity of President Barack Obamas birth certificate and his citizenship.
“He doesnt have a birth certificate, or if he does, theres something on that certificate that is very bad for him,” Trump said during an interview with Fox News host Laura Ingraham in 2011.
“What if someone with an unstable mind loaded a gun and drove to Washington,” she added. “What if that person went looking for our girls? Donald Trump, with his loud and reckless innuendos, was putting my familys safety at risk. And for this Id never forgive him.”
Obama eventually released his longform birth certificate. In September 2016, Trump relented and admitted Obama was born in the country, but added an unverifiable claim that his then-Democratic presidential opponent Hillary Clinton was to blame for promoting the conspiracy theory.
“President Barack Obama was born in the United States,” Trump said during a press conference at the time. “Period. Now we all want to get back to making America strong and great again.”
“Hillary Clinton and her campaign of 2008 started the birther controversy,” Trump added. “I finished it. I finished it. You know what I mean.”