Former first lady Michelle Obama says she can never forgive President Donald Trump for spreading rumors that her husband was not born in America, according to excerpts from her upcoming book that was obtained by The Washington Post.
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As reports of the book emerged, Trump fired back while speaking to reporters Friday morning, even as he acknowledged he hasn't read it.
"She got paid a lot of money to write a book," he said, and then took a shot at his predecessor, Barack Obama: "I’ll never forgive him for what he did to our United States military by not funding it properly … it was depleted."
Trump: Ill Never Forgive Obama for What He Did to Our Military
In her memoir, "Becoming," Michelle Obama reportedly derides the so-called "birther" conspiracy as thinly-veiled racism.
“The whole thing was crazy and mean-spirited, of course, its underlying bigotry and xenophobia hardly concealed,” reads an excerpt, according to the report. “But it was also dangerous, deliberately meant to stir up the wingnuts and kooks.”
In the book, the notoriously private former first lady also reveals that she miscarried 20 years ago and the effect it had on her. I felt like I failed because I didnt know how common miscarriages were because we dont talk about them, Obama told Roberts.
Michelle Obama: Id never forgive Trump for promoting birther conspiracy
“What if someone with an unstable mind loaded a gun and drove to Washington? What if that person went looking for our girls? Donald Trump, with his loud and reckless innuendos, was putting my family’s safety at risk. And for this I’d never forgive him.”
The new book, which is primarily a biography, will reportedly detail her feelings on Trump and the 2016 presidential election. She says she reacted in shock the night she learned Trump would replace her husband in the Oval Office and tried to "block it all out," according to a copy obtained by The Associated Press.
She criticizes Trump for the 2005 “Access Hollywood” tape, interpreting his comments to mean: “I can hurt you and get away with it,” The Associated Press reported.
She also criticizes Trump’s body language during a 2016 presidential debate with Hillary Clinton, which she says amounted to stalking. She says Trump followed Clinton around the stage, stood too close, and tried to diminish her presence.
In her upcoming memoir, Michelle Obama writes that she will never forgive President Trump for pushing the so-called birther conspiracy that she believes put her familys safety at risk.
Trump angrily responded to the former first lady Friday with an irrelevant swipe at former President Barack Obama over cuts in military spending. He did not apologize for or otherwise address the birtherism controversy.
Michelle Obama on Trump: Shell Never Forgive Him for Putting Family at Risk
In excerpts from her new book, Becoming, quoted Thursday by the Washington Post, Michelle Obama tears into Trump over the issue that launched his political career: spreading the lie that Barack Obama was born outside the country and was therefore ineligible to be president.
The whole [birther] thing was crazy and mean-spirited, of course, its underlying bigotry and xenophobia hardly concealed. But it was also dangerous, deliberately meant to stir up the wingnuts and kooks, she writes. What if someone with an unstable mind loaded a gun and drove to Washington? 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.
In an exchange with reporters as he left for Paris, where hes scheduled to take part in a ceremony commemorating 100 years since the end of World War I, Trump responded: Oh, Michelle Obama said that, I havent seen it, I guess she wrote a book, she got paid a lot of money to write a book, and they always insist you come up with controversial — well, Ill give you a little controversy back.
Ill never forgive him for what he did to our United States military by not funding it properly, Trump told reporters on the South Lawn. It was depleted. And everything was old and tired, the president continued. And I came in and I had to fix it, and Im in the process of spending tremendous amounts of money. So Ill never forgive him for what he did to our military. Ill never forgive him for what he did in many other ways, which Ill talk to you about in the future. What he did, because she talked about safety. What he did to our military made this country very unsafe.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump and several other Republican candidates were critical of cuts to the U.S. military budget under Obama. But according to PolitiFact, the cuts reflected the Obama administrations withdrawal of troops from Iraq and Afghanistan — a deployment that Trump had loudly criticized during the campaign — and the failure of Congress to strike a deal on military spending.
And while Trump suggested Obama left him with old and tired military equipment, Harvard University professor Matthew Bunn noted that it was Obama who, in 2015, laid out a $1 trillion plan to modernize every aspect of the U.S. nuclear arsenal over the next 30 years.
After accepting the Republican presidential nomination, Trump was forced to address his history of fueling the conspiracy theory at a hastily arranged press conference that was mostly an infomercial for his new hotel. At the very end, he gave a one-sentence acknowledgment that President Barack Obama was born in the United States, period, but offered no apology or explanation for why it had taken him five years to drop the issue.
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The White House released Obamas long-form birth certificate in 2011, proving that he was born in Hawaii.
Who knows about Obama? Who knows, who knows? Who cares right now? Trump told CNNs Wolf Blitzer in January 2017. I have my own theory on Obama. Someday I will write a book. I will do another book, and it will do very successfully.