By: D. Kennedy
In a two-part memoir that was released November 17, former President Barack Obama looked to “directly confront” the racist politics of President Trump with a $65 million advance from Penguin Random House. The advance gave the Obama’s the right to publish both their memoirs and highlight the “rise” of Republican obstructionism before President Trump was elected.
The book dives deep into Obama’s 2008 campaign and his first four years in office. Obama talks about President Trump’s election being a reaction to his own presidency. “It was as if my very presence in the White House had triggered a deep-seated panic, a sense that the natural order had been disrupted,” Obama wrote.
In the book, Obama argued that former Gov. Sarah Palin was the “beginning of xenophobia, anti-intellectualism, paranoid conspiracy theories, and antipathy towards black and brown folks.” He said that Palin’s “dark spirits” were lurking on the edges of the modern Republican Party and were finding their way to center stage through the rise of Trump.
Many people, including South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, reminded the former president to not only boast about his accomplishments in the 768-page memoir but remind people that he also weaponized the federal government against American citizens and political adversaries.
“What a ridiculous message. Obama had 8 years, including 2 with full control of Congress. He sent our jobs to China, left our healthcare system in disarray, our foreign policy in shambles & our people divided. Instead of blaming Trump, Obama should consider what led to 2016,” Gov. Noem tweeted.
Gov. Noem has been refusing to implement many of the harsh lockdown measures that were implemented by Democratic governors in other states. Her in-state approval rate was at 43% before the pandemic, then rose to a 62% approval rating in April in the middle of the pandemic. Residents of South Dakota even gave her an impromptu and socially distanced car parade for supporting local businesses and letting them stay open.
In the book, Obama also talked about why he chose Joe Biden as the “go-to negotiator” with the Republican-controlled Congress.
“…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,” Obama wrote.
It seems that the only person creating stereotypes and wild assumptions within political parties is not President Trump or Sarah Palin, but Barack Obama himself. The left likes to blame the raging flames of racism on Republicans when they actually lit the match themselves.