Michelle ‘won’t for­give Trump birther claims’

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For­mer US first lady Michelle Obama says she can never for­give Don­ald Trump for ques­tion­ing her hus­band’s Amer­i­can cit­i­zen­ship, say­ing the pres­i­dent and other “birthers” put her fam­ily at risk, in her hotly an­tic­i­pated new mem­oir.

Obama also says she was sur­prised that so many Amer­i­can women voted for the “misog­y­nist” Trump over Hil­lary Clin­ton, “an ex­cep­tion­ally qual­i­fied fe­male can­di­date,” in the 2016 elec­tion.

The book, Be­comin g, hits stores on Tues­day. Obama, 54, will head out on a multi-city arena tour to pro­mote the mem­oir, with celebrity friends such as Oprah Win­frey and Reese With­er­spoon tapped to moder­ate the events.

It is one of the most-awaited books about US pol­i­tics in years, and Obama does not mince words about her hus­band’s suc­ces­sor – and his in­volve­ment in pro­mot­ing the idea that Barack Obama had been born abroad.

“The whole [birther] thing was crazy and mean-spir­ited, of course, its un­der­ly­ing big­otry and xeno­pho­bia hardly con­cealed,” she writes, in ex­cerpts of the book pub­lished by ABC News and The Wash­ing­ton Post.

“But it was also dan­ger­ous, de­lib­er­ately meant to stir up the wingnuts and kooks.

“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’ll never for­give him.”

Obama also said her body had buzzed with fury af­ter hear­ing the “Ac­cess Hol­ly­wood” tape on which Trump bragged about be­ing able to grab women with im­punity. Trump quickly re­sponded. “Michelle Obama got paid a lot of money to write a book and they al­ways in­sist you come up with con­tro­versy. I’ll give you some back,” he told re­porters at the White House be­fore head­ing on a trip to France.

“I’ll never for­give him for what he did to our United States mil­i­tary by not fund­ing it prop­erly. What he did to our mil­i­tary made this coun­try un­safe.”

In the book, Amer­ica’s first black first lady goes be­yond pol­i­tics, dig­ging deep into some per­sonal is­sues from a miscarriage to us­ing in-vitro fer­til­i­sa­tion to con­ceive her daugh­ters to mar­riage coun­sel­ing.

She re­vis­its the thrill of her ro­mance with Barack, de­scrib­ing it as a “top­pling blast of lust, grat­i­tude, ful­fill­ment, won­der”.

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