Former first lady Michelle Obama says in her new book that she cannot forgive President Donald Trump for publicizing a conspiracy theory about her husband that she says put her family in danger.
'For this I’d never forgive him'
Obama was referring to the "birther" conspiracy that Trump said he was investigating before he ran for president in 2016. The claim was that former President Obama was born in Kenya and was not a United States citizen.
She says in her soon-to-be-released book that Trump put her family under threat of attack with the comments. The Washington Post obtained an early copy of the book and published excerpts on Thursday.
“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 wrote in the book.
“What if someone with an unstable mind loaded a gun and drove to Washington?" she wondered. "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," she added. "And for this I’d never forgive him.”
Obama could have been referencing the unfortunate events that followed upon the "PizzaGate" conspiracy theory that had been popular on social media. One adherent to the conspiracy showed up armed at one of the targets of the conspiracy and was arrested for trespassing.
The former first lady's book will be released for sale on Tuesday.