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."
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.
An advance copy of Obamas book “Becoming”— set to be released Tuesday — states how on the night Trump beat Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, she consciously tried to “block it all out” of her mind.
Obama, 54, said she thought Trump was “grandstanding” in June 2015 when he announced his presidential bid, according to the Associated Press.
Trump began campaigning and trying to prove he was serious about seeking elected office. In the fall of 2015, a recording from “Access Hollywood” that featured the then-billionaire businessman and reality TV star talking about how he could “grab” women “by the pussy” was released.
Obama said she was stunned and her body physically “buzzed with fury” after hearing Trump make those comments.
Trump went on to become the Republican nominee for president and met up with Clinton at one of the debates in the fall of 2016. Obama said his behavior during the debate, in which he tried to “stalk” Clinton on the stage, was jarring. She called it an attempt to “diminish her presence.”
The former first lady said she is still confused why many women picked Trump, a man she described as a “misogynist,” to be president. She said Clinton was an “exceptionally qualified female candidate.”