*In her much-anticipated memoir, “Becoming,” former first lady Michelle Obama heavily criticizes Donald Trump and says he jeopardized her family’s safety by propagating the false ‘birther’ conspiracy theory.
“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 family’s safety at risk. And for this I’d never forgive him.”
She also accuses Trump of using body language to “stalk” Hillary Clinton during an election debate and writes of him following Clinton around the stage and “trying to diminish her presence.”
According to Obama, Trump’s message was: “I can hurt you and get away with it.”
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The Washington Post obtained an early copy of “Becoming,” set to come out Tuesday, and the publication noted that Mrs. Obama divides the memoir into three parts: Becoming Me, Becoming Us, Becoming More.
The first section is a sociological exploration of Chicago and the people and institutions there. The second section explores her romance with Barack Obama, starting a family and her search for work. The third section explores their life as public figures.
“I carried a history with me,” she writes, “and it wasn’t that of presidents or first ladies. I’d never related to the story of John Quincy Adams the way I did to that of Sojourner Truth.”
Obama writes candidly about the early struggles in her marriage to Barack as he began his political career. She reveals that they met with a counselor “a handful of times,” until she came to realize that she was ultimately “in charge” of her happiness. “This was my pivot point,” Obama explains. “My moment of self-arrest.”
Obama launches her promotional tour this month at Chicago’s United Center The tour then moves to Los Angeles, Washington, Boston, Philadelphia, New York, Detroit, Denver, San Francisco and Dallas. Ten percent of tickets at each event are being donated to local charities, schools and community groups.
“Becoming” is part of a joint book deal with former Barack Obama, whose memoir is expected next year, and is believed worth more than $60 million.