By: Ariana Hernandez (Sophomore)
Being in politics is hard already. But imagine having someone hate you so much that they mail you a pipe bomb.
In her new book, Becoming, released November 19, 2018, former first lady Michelle Obama reveals how she’ll never forgive Trump for the danger he put her family in when he made the birtherism conspiracy.
The birtherism conspiracy was a conspiracy that current U.S. president Donald Trump started which revolved around the theory that Barack Obama, former U.S. president, was born in Kenya instead of Hawaii. Another part of the conspiracy was that Obama became a citizen of Indonesia back in his childhood which meant that he was not a U.S. citizen.
This theory made many U.S. citizens feel uneasy and they went as far as trying to pressure, at the time Obama was still the president, the president to show his birth certificate to prove that he was a U.S. citizen. Polls showed that 25% of U.S. adults doubted Obama’s citizenship. Although Obama said he wasn’t going to show his birth certificate he eventually did. In April 2011, Obama’s Hawaii birth certificate was published in the Hawaii newspaper which showed many people that Obama was, in fact, a U.S citizen and that he was an eligible presidential candidate.
The reason Michelle Obama put this in her book was that of the danger he put her family in. She said “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.”
Considering the fact that people were really riled up on the possibility that Barack Obama might not have been US citizen we can see why Michelle wouldn’t want to forgive him. Personally, if someone were to put me and my family in harm’s way, multiple times, I wouldn’t want to forgive them either.
Most people understand why Obama put this in her book. The theory that Trump came up with put her family in danger! People were really riled up on the possibility that Barack Obama might not have been US citizen. And I feel like she had the right to let people know how she felt. Because what Trump did was wrong and dangerous.
I believe that she handled her emotions very subtly. Giving how famous she is she could’ve easily gone on a talk show and called him out for what he did which would’ve been way worse. And also giving the fact that she could’ve thrown him under the bus for putting her family in harm’s way.
I respect Mrs. Obama because of the way she approached the whole Trump/birtherism situation. She handled it very maturely and put it in her own personal autobiography. So I truly believe that with the way she handled her feelings and opinions on the subject there should be no backlash from Trump supporters or Trump himself.
Trump’s words created more chaos when a Florida man mailed pipe bombs to 11 well-respected Democrats, including the Obamas. This might have been the moment when Mrs. Obama felt that she couldn’t stay silent anymore. Trump’s words have been affecting many people and someone needed to speak up about it. Someone needed to let people know that Trump has been in the wrong. And someone needed to speak up to the fact that people worship him and they would go as far as to kill for him. Michelle Obama was that speaker. She opened her mouth and spoke upon the issue. And to me, that’s something I highly respect her for.
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