Barack Obama Blames Sarah Palin for GOP’s Embrace of ‘Xenophobia, Anti Intellectualism, Paranoid Conspiracy Theories’
Former president Barack Hussein Obama has written in his memoirs that former Alaska governor Sarah Palin was responsible for creating a place for “xenophobia, anti intellectualism, paranoid conspiracy theories, [and] an antipathy toward Black and brown folks” within the mainstream GOP.
Obama also claims that deceased former Senator John McCain “abhorred” the direction that the GOP went toward after he picked Palin as his vice presidential pick.
“Through Palin, it seemed as if the dark spirits that had long been lurking on the edges of the modern Republican Party – xenophobia, anti intellectualism, paranoid conspiracy theories, an antipathy toward Black and brown folks – were finding their way to center stage,” Obama writes in his memoir, “A Promised Land,” which has yet to be released.
“I’d like to think that given the chance to do it over again, [McCain] might have chosen differently,” he added. “I believe he really did put his country first.”
There is probably a lot of truth to Obama’s sentiments on this particular issue. As Big League Politics reported, McCain apparently made sure that Palin would not be invited to his funeral before his death – in a final vindictive display of pettiness from the man renowned for being bitter and temperamental to anyone without a press badge:
The running mate of late Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) failed bid for president in 2008 was not invited to his funeral, while an NFL player for the Arizona Cardinals gave a keynote speech.
“Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald Jr. describes his ‘unlikely’ friendship with Sen. John McCain. ‘I’m black, he was white. He ran for president, I run out of bounds,’” said CNN in a Tweet…
“How does this unlikely pair become friends?” Fitzgerald said. “I’ve asked myself the same question. But you know what the answer is. That’s just who [McCain] is. Over the several years I had the privilege of spending time with Sen. McCain, sometimes is was just a visit to our practices, other times it was him texting and saying ‘you need to pick it up this Sunday.”
“I’m thankful that through these moments, the opportunity that we had to share our lives, and more importantly, our stories,” he continued. “While from very different worlds, we developed a meaningful friendship, and this highlights the very rare and very special qualities of Sen. McCain that I came to admire. He didn’t judge people by the color of their skin, their gender, their backgrounds, their political affiliations, or their bank accounts. He evaluated them on the merits of their character and contents of their hearts.”
By all accounts, Fitzgerald’s speech was well-delivered and eloquent.
In stark contrast, McCain apparently was not pleased with the merits of former running mate Sarah Palin’s character, so much so that she was not even invited to his funeral.
Obama also whined in his memoirs that his successor, President Donald Trump, drew attention to his potential origin of birth. With Obama being protected by the mainstream media and political establishment, he was obviously unprepared for Trump’s skepticism of his carefully crafted public persona.
“In that sense, there wasn’t much difference between Trump and [former Speaker John] Boehner [R-Ohio] or [Senate Majority Leader Mitch] McConnell [R-Ky.],” Obama wrote. “They, too, understood that it didn’t matter whether what they said was true. In fact, the only difference between Trump’s style of politics and theirs was Trump’s lack of inhibition.”
“One of the reasons I’d chosen Joe to act as an intermediary – in addition to his Senate experience and legislative acumen – was my awareness that in McConnell’s mind, negotiations with the vice president didn’t inflame the Republican base in quite the same way that any appearance of cooperation with (Black, Muslim socialist) Obama was bound to do,” he added.
Obama’s memoirs will be released to the public on Nov. 17.