Former President Barack Obama has a straightforward explanation for how President Donald Trump rose to power: America is racist.
In his upcoming memoir, the 44th president announced his view that America was “spooked by a Black man in the White House” and voted for Trump in 2016 as “an elixir for the racial anxiety,” Just The News reports.
“The natural order had been disrupted”
For years now, America has debated Trump’s rise to power. According to one story, President Trump was a product of the failures of America’s leaders, which left millions of Americans feeling left behind.
In excerpts from his new memoir, A Promised Land (of which there are two volumes, for those interested), Obama offers a much simpler answer: Americans simply “panicked” when they voted for Trump, apparently helpless to contain their racism.
It’s unclear if Obama gets around to explaining how “millions of Americans spooked by a Black man in the White House” had sent a Black man to the White House for eight years, but he is convinced that America had been seduced by Trump’s promise of an antidote for their so-called “racial anxiety.”
“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,” the former president writes, according to Just The News.
The 44th president also blames the late Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) for first elevating the “dark spirits that had long been lurking on the edges of the modern Republican Party,” such as “xenophobia, anti-intellectualism, paranoid conspiracy theories, an antipathy toward Black and brown folks,” by choosing former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) as a running mate.
“I’d like to think that given the chance to do it over again, he might have chosen differently,” Obama writes, according to Just The News.
It sounds like Obama isn’t giving up the “bitter clingers” bit, and neither is his wife. Like Barack, former First Lady Michelle Obama has made a habit of rebuking roughly half the United States population as filled with vile racism.
In the wake of the 2020 election, she chastised Trump supporters for endorsing “lies, hate, chaos, and division,” Fox News reported at the time. There’s a theme here, isn’t there?
“Barack Obama became the president of the United States because white Americans supported him. And rather than show some unity, rather than show some respect for this country that gave him literally everything he has, he turns his back…and says, ‘Look at this despicable country. It’s broken,’” she told Sean Hannity, according to Fox. “He is the first president that has ever sat in the White House and come out…hating America.”