Twitter accuses Michelle Obama of pushing 'racist' literature onto children

Former first lady Michelle Obama is facing accusations of pushing "racist" literature onto children by Twitter users after a school librarian rejected a donation of books from first lady Melania Trump and wrote a blog criticizing her literary choices.

Trump got heat Friday after Massachusetts school librarian Liz Phipps Soeiro declined several Dr. Seuss books donated by the first lady, claiming the material was "cliché" and based on "racist propaganda."

“Open one of his books (‘If I Ran a Zoo’ or ‘And to Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street,’ for example), and you’ll see the racist mockery in his art,” Soeiro wrote in an open letter to Trump, adding that the books were filled with “racist propaganda, caricatures, and harmful stereotypes.”

SEE ALSO: Melania Trump fires back at Mass. librarian who rejected her donated books

Now many online are jumping to Trump's defense by posting older photos of Michelle Obama reading children excerpts from Dr. Seuss books, arguing that the books weren't considered "racist" until President Trump was sworn into office.

Dr. Seuss ok when Michelle Obama read it to children but now has racist undertones when our First Lady donates books? Unreal," one user wrote, while another posted: "Amazing... the same books Michelle Obama read to children, are now racist books because Trump is President."

See more Twitter reactions below:

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@Patrici15767099 Dr. Seuss ok when Michelle Obama read it to children but now has racist undertones when our First… https://t.co/wCEg1L006x
Michelle Obama + Dr. Seuss: Inspiring Melania Trump + Dr. Seuss: “Racist Propaganda” And the left wonders why the… https://t.co/WzGorW5lgN
"Dr. Seuss" Was it racist when Michelle Obama read it? Give me a break! https://t.co/IASNIUKXSM
It’s only racist if Melania does it, apparently https://t.co/2nrVpl6Osg https://t.co/m9Cdhkk68o
🤔Think Cat In The Hat Liz Phipps Soeiro of Cambridge Elementary School said DR SEUSS was 'Racist Propaganda' when… https://t.co/Zh1idiqPTT
How can Dr.Seuss books be racist for Melania Trump but not Michelle Obama? aren't these people exhausted #moveon https://t.co/9TShZ9gigq
@RealJamesWoods Amazing... the same books Michelle Obama read to children, are now racist books because Trump is President.
Wonder if Michelle Obama’s is aware that librarian Liz Phipps Soeiro declared Dr Seuss racist | #RedNationRising https://t.co/j5j8uDiRro
Seems Dr. Seuss wasn't considered racist when Michelle Obama read his stories to kids! Hypocrisy at its finest! https://t.co/fnimVEBVL8
Racist @realDonaldTrump just called Puerto Rico "just a territory." This is not an exaggeration. That is what he just called US citizens.
That librarian who wouldn't accept books from FLOTUS is a Grinch! If Michelle Obama had donated Dr. Seuss books the… https://t.co/i9TKnWIpHL
@DonaldJTrumpJr Yep, it's all good when Michelle reads these to children but RACIST when our #FLOTUS does. They r t… https://t.co/ntg1exXxF7
Good Friday Morning Dr. Seuss is now racist,I recall Michelle Obama reading this 2 children too,wasn't racist then. https://t.co/RAm3wGK0z6
Here is Michelle Obama being racist while reading Dr. Seuss with a racist frog in the background. https://t.co/j5wtDHJel3
@RodStryker @RuthieRedSox @Ms_Erika74 @SparkleSoup45 @carrieksada @Hoosiers1986 @surfermom77 @AmericanHotLips… https://t.co/BF1PwXrehr
I need to catch up: - Dr. Seuss is not racist - I think you should stand during the national anthem, but you do you - No pineapple on pizza
@steph93065 @CarmineZozzora @carrieksada @crusher614 @Chairmnoomowmow @Lrihendry @LVNancy @LeahR77 @SandraTXAS… https://t.co/Qg2zBiFICY
Michelle says: I grew up reading all those Dr Seuss books, but now in hindsight they were racist and hindered me in… https://t.co/3w3f2T5OPb
@PoliticalShort I wonder if they were racist when Michelle Obama read them. Perverse double standards of leftist ac… https://t.co/HaAupHZZBm
@washingtonpost It wasn't racist when Michelle Obama read from the same books or when the librarian held Dr. Suess parties. Fire her now!!
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Later on Friday, the first lady fired back at the librarian who rejected her donation, with her director of communications calling Soeiro's response "unfortunate," according to FOX News

"She has demonstrated this in both actions and words since her husband took office, and sending books to children across the country is but one example," Trump's spokeswoman told the outlet. "To turn the gesture of sending young students some books into something divisive is unfortunate, but the First Lady remains committed to her efforts on behalf of children everywhere."

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