In an advance look at Michelle Obama’s new book, Becoming, The Washington Post revealed how the birtherism movement affected the Obama family. Birtherism—pushed by White supremacists in response to the first non-White President of the United States—gained traction when prominent media personalities jumped on board.
Two of those media personalities to publicly embrace, endorse and promote the racism based birtherism narrative were President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump.
For that, Michelle Obama stated she could never forgive Trump. She wrote:
“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 recent pipe bomb headed for former President Obama as well as other critics or rivals of President Trump prove the former First Lady had reason to fear. The so-called MAGAbomber is proof of the cult of personality Trump commands and the harm of his rhetoric on an unstable mind.
For several years, bombing suspect Cesar Sayok tweeted conspiracies of every sort: PizzaGate, a plethora about George Soros, claims the Clintons murdered people, birtherism, chemtrails.
But his tweets got increasingly violent after Trump took office. https://t.co/lzpDOnO9Fa
— andrew kaczynski (@KFILE) October 31, 2018
TBH this guy’s Twitter feed isn’t meaningfully different from those of millions of Trump followers.
I could find a dozen that contain the same slurry of cult worship, birtherism, xenophobia, and conspiracy claptrap in the TL’s of my trolls in the last day.
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) October 26, 2018
Trump’s birtherism was his original political sin, from which all of his other wrongs have flowed. It was steeped in the racism familiar to blacks, Jews and all who are “other”—the hate that has historically led to the murder of so many, including in my own family. Unforgivable. https://t.co/I4cG69B1vF
— Norm Eisen (@NormEisen) November 9, 2018
Trump’s birtherism lies helped keep racism alive and allowed it to go mainstream when he became president.
— Vote Them Out (@ClayHenry17) November 9, 2018
The parties involved in the birtherism movement ignored the fact that regardless of where Barack Obama was born—which was Hawaii which is part of the United States—his mother was a United States citizen.
The quote on the left is Michelle Obama, speaking of the fear that birtherism brought to her family.
The quote on the right is from @benshapiro‘s 2011 article, The Magic of Donald Trump, in which he explains how useful birtherism is to conservativism.
Ben should apologize. pic.twitter.com/gzsm2SvPQ4
— (((Mister ‘Soul Cake’ Magic))) (@Mr_JamesLandis) November 9, 2018
No one suggests that Trump is a perpetrator, but pipe bombs as a tool of political intimidation do not arrive unexpectedly. They come after the President’s remarks on “birtherism,” Mexican “rapists,” and Charlottesville, David Remnick writes. https://t.co/51xy2OGvjh
— The New Yorker (@NewYorker) October 27, 2018
The worst thing the media ever did was neglect to call ‘birtherism’ what it was — RACISM. If the media had done its job, birther king Trump wouldn’t be pres. For over 5 yrs white nationalist Trump stoked the flames of hate and racism, and the media let him get away w/it. #AMJoy
— Bill Madden (@activist360) November 3, 2018
All this media buzz about Melania “breaking publicly against her own husband” about LeBron James. She’s a birther. She supported Trump’s birtherism & other racist policies. So buzz away, but mention that too. Kthxbye.
— Laffy (@GottaLaff) August 6, 2018
Melania Trump was an appalling birtherist bully too like Trump. Michelle Obama says she’ll never forgive Trump for “putting my family’s safety at risk” over birtherism, ‘deliberately meant to stir up the wingnuts and kooks.”
— Orrite Then (@OrRite_Then) November 9, 2018
Michelle O suffered so much because of Trump and Melania with the Birtherism conspiracy they spread. Tell us Melania about how you are bullied?
— Mary Rose (@Beutifulgame) November 9, 2018
Previously, White presidential candidates like George Romney—despite being born outside of the United States—caused no such call of not being legitimate candidates from White nationalist organizations. Later, Ted Cruz would also run for President based on his mother’s status as a United States citizen at the time of his birth in Canada.
But so-called birthers pushed to delegitimize Barack Obama as President, claiming he was born in Kenya, the country of his father’s citizenship.
Trump used his Twitter following and media appearances and interviews to push the White nationalist started debate over the country of President Barack Obama’s birth. Beginning in 2012 and ending in 2014, Trump tweeted false statements about President Obama’s birth certificate 23 times.
In them, Trump claims “very credible sources” told him Obama’s birth certificate is fake. Again, this completely ignores Obama being eligible to be President based on his mother’s citizenship and Obama’s own United States citizenship.
Trump failed to ever produce any of his “highly credible sources.”