Michelle Obama slates Trump in new mem­oir

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For­mer US first lady Michelle Obama has at­tacked Pres­i­dent Donald Trump in her new book, re­veal­ing her shock re­ac­tion on the night she learned he would re­place her hus­band in the White House.

In her mem­oir, Be­com­ing, Barack Obama’s wife also de­nounces Mr Trump’s “birther” cam­paign, which ques­tioned her hus­band’s cit­i­zen­ship, call­ing it big­oted, dan­ger­ous and “de­lib­er­ately meant to stir up the wingnuts and kooks”.

Mrs Obama writes openly about ev­ery­thing from grow­ing up in Chicago to con­fronting racism in pub­lic life to her amaze­ment at be­com­ing Amer­ica’s first black first lady.

In the book, due to be pub­lished on Tues­day, she also re­flects on early strug­gles in her mar­riage to Barack Obama as he be­gan his po­lit­i­cal ca­reer and was of­ten away.

She writes that they met with a coun­sel­lor “a hand­ful of times”, and she came to re­alise she was more “in charge” of her hap­pi­ness than she had re­alised. “This was my pivot point,” Mrs Obama ex­plains. “My mo­ment of self-ar­rest”.

The for­mer first lady ex­presses dis­be­lief over how so many Amer­i­can women would choose a “misog­y­nist” over Demo­cratic hope­ful Hil­lary Clin­ton, “an ex­cep­tion­ally qual­i­fied fe­male can­di­date”.

Mrs Obama launches her pro­mo­tional tour on Tues­day not at a book shop but at Chicago’s United Cen­tre, where tens of thou­sands of peo­ple have pur­chased tick­ets – priced from just un­der $30 (£23) to thou­sands of dol­lars, with 10% of ticket sales at each event be­ing do­nated to lo­cal char­i­ties, schools and com­mu­nity groups – to at­tend the event mod­er­ated by Oprah Win­frey.

Other stops on a tour scaled to rock­star di­men­sions are planned at large are­nas from New York City’s Bar­clays Cen­tre to the Los An­ge­les Fo­rum.

Pic­ture: AP.

Tour: Michelle Obama.

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