Michelle Obama will 'never forgive' Trump for endangering lives of her daughters by supporting the birther movement
In her upcoming memoir, 'Becoming,' out on November 13, Michelle Obama says Donald Trump was putting her family’s safety at risk with his loud and reckless innuendos
The relationship between current president Donald Trump and former president Barack Obama has never been an exceptionally friendly one owing to Trump's repeated advocacy of the birther movement that claims Obama was born in Kenya. Now, in her new memoir 'Becoming,' which is slated to release on 13th November, Michelle Obama has made her feelings about the billionaire mogul abundantly clear.
According to ABC News, which managed to obtain a copy of the book, Michelle writes how she'll "never forgive him" for stirring up the false birther movement once again in 2011 and thus endangering the lives of her two daughters, 17-year-old Sasha and 20-year-old Malia, then still just 10 and 13 respectively.
While she had to contend with a plethora of clichés as she took center stage alongside her husband during his presidential campaigns in 2007 and 2011, she says what stung the most were the continuous allegations that her husband was a secret Muslim who was born overseas in Kenya, his father's ancestral home.
The conspiracy had first emerged when Obama first ran for president in the mid-to-late 2000s, with purveyors of the theory stating that Hawaii was not his true birthplace and that he had been born in Kenya. The movement would eventually lose traction but would reemerge after Donald Trump once again openly began questioning Obama's American citizenship.
She described the constant speculation as "crazy and mean-spirited ... its underlying bigotry and xenophobia hardly concealed. But it was also dangerous, deliberately meant to stir up the wingnuts and kooks."
Trump had constantly and relentlessly attacked Obama well before he was a presidential candidate himself, even appearing on Fox News in 2011 and bringing up the birther theory once again. "[Barack Obama has] spent millions of dollars trying to get away from this issue. Millions of dollars in legal fees trying to get away from this issue," he had said, according to People.
"And I’ll tell you what, I brought it up, just routinely, and all of a sudden a lot facts are emerging and I’m starting to wonder myself whether or not he was born in this country," Trump added.
Obama finally decided he had enough of the theories on April 27, 2011, releasing original copies of his long-form birth certificate to put an end to the theory once and for all. "We do not have time for this kind of silliness," he said according to CNN. "I’ve been puzzled at the degree to which this [story] just kept on going."
Michelle singled out the current president in her upcoming book, writing, "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."