The Post shares some tidbits from an advance copy of Michelle Obama’s upcoming book, Becoming, which will be released on Tuesday. Reporter Krissah Thompson says that in the book, Ms. Obama lays “bare her deep, quaking disdain for Trump.”
I suspect we’ll all say amen to this passage about Trump’s racist birther nonsense:
“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.”
None of us will, Ms. Obama. And, as we’ve seen, Trump’s reckless blather has since acquired a body count. A deranged bigot in Kansas killed an Indian engineer after shouting anti-immigrant slogans that could have come straight from a Trump rally. The Nazi who murdered 11 people in Pittsburgh cited the “caravan” hysteria as his primary motivation. The MAGA bomber’s incompetence at bomb-building was the only thing that prevented more Trump-inspired carnage.
Ms. Obama had this to say about Trump’s misogyny as revealed by the pussy-grabbing conversation caught on a hot mic:
“It was an expression of hatred that had generally been kept out of polite company, but still lived in the marrow of our supposedly enlightened society — alive and accepted enough that someone like Donald Trump could afford to be cavalier about it.”
I’m glad Ms. Obama called Trump’s revolting sexism what it is — hatred. That gets glossed over way too much. It’s not “locker room talk.” It’s not “boys will be boys.” It’s not “he has no filter.” It’s an expression of contempt and hatred for half of the world’s population. A man in Tallahassee recently acted on that hate, killing two women at a yoga studio.
Thompson reports that Ms. Obama “tried to block out [Trump’s] election.” Me too, last real FLOTUS. Me too.
Anyhoo, I don’t think I’ve ever read a first lady’s memoir, but I plan to make an exception in this case.