In the book, set for release on Tuesday, the former first lady slams Trump for his spreading of the “birther” conspiracy theory, which claimed that her husband, former President Obama, was not actually born in America.
“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 in an excerpt obtained by The Washington Post. “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.”
Obama recalls her shock and dismay the moment she learned Trump would replace her husband as president and how she attempted to “block it all out,” according to The Associated Press, which also acquired an advance copy.
The comments are some of Obama’s most direct aimed at the current president, whom she has mostly avoided criticizing since leaving the White House last year.
Trump responded Friday morning in comments to reporters as he left the White House for a trip to France to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.
“I guess she wrote a book. She got paid a lot of money to write a book,” the president said. “And they always insist that you come up with controversial — well, I’ll give you a little controversy back. I’ll never forgive him for what he did to our United States military. By not funding it properly, it was depleted.”
Trump added, “I’ll never forgive him for what he did in many other ways, which I’ll talk to you about in the future.”
Michelle Obama also denounces Trump for the “Access Hollywood” tape that was released just weeks before the 2016 election, in which Trump brags about groping and kissing women without their consent, including saying he would “grab them by the p—-.”
Obama says in the book that Trump’s comments in the tape meant: “I can hurt you and get away with it.”
The former first lady also accuses the president of using body language to “stalk” then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton during an election debate in 2016 in an attempt to diminish her presence.
The debate in question to took place in St. Louis in October 2016 and instantly became a hot topic on social media after clips showed Trump looming behind Clinton, pacing back and forth.
Clinton later called Trump’s body language during their second presidential debate “really weird” and said she felt “stalked” by him around the stage at the event.
A 10-city tour for Obama’s new book is scheduled to kick off on its release date on Nov. 13 in her hometown of Chicago.
A number of prominent figures, including Oprah Winfrey, Sarah Jessica Parker, Reese Witherspoon and Tracee Ellis Ross, are scheduled to join the former first lady on stage at locations along the tour.
BY ARIS FOLLEY – 11/08/18