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READ: In Excerpt From ‘Becoming,’ Michelle Obama Writes She ‘Would Never Forgive’ Donald Trump for His Birther Crusade Because It Put Her Family in Danger

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Michelle Obama during an appearance on Today on Thursday, October 11, 2018. (Photo by Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank/Getty Images)

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.


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.

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.”

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