Obama Blames Palin for Rise of Trump

by LOUIS NELSON | Politico
October 3, 2016

The path that brought the Republican Party to nominating Donald Trump as its candidate for the White House began in 2008, President Barack Obama said in an interview published Monday, when Sarah Palin joined John McCain’s GOP ticket.

“I see a straight line from the announcement of Sarah Palin as the vice-presidential nominee to what we see today in Donald Trump, the emergence of the Freedom Caucus, the tea party, and the shift in the center of gravity for the Republican Party,” the president told New York Magazine. “Whether that changes, I think, will depend in part on the outcome of this election, but it’s also going to depend on the degree of self-reflection inside the Republican Party. There have been at least a couple of other times that I’ve said confidently that the fever is going to have to break, but it just seems to get worse.”

In a wide-ranging interview that covered the moments of his administration that Obama believes will have a lasting historical impact, the president explained his realization early on that Republicans would show little interest in working with him. He recalled the opposition to a stimulus package from Rep. John Boehner, then the House minority leader, just days after Obama’s first inauguration, as the first sign of the difficult relationship he would have with the GOP. To even be photographed with him, the president remembered Sen. Mitch McConnell saying, would be damaging and therefore the Kentucky senator said any deal should happen on his terms.

That the country, and not just the Congress, was polarized became even more evident to Obama later in 2009, when the president’s hometown of Chicago failed to win the right to host the 2016 Olympics despite an impressive bid. Obama said he found it “really strange” that “there was big cheering by Rush Limbaugh and various Republican factions that America had lost the Olympic bid.”

170 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Bob says:

    He is right about one thing, the 2008 election DID cause the rise of Trump. Since Obama’s election, the country has become more and more divided, and the President seems to be this cheerleader for this “change”. Obama decries the populist movement to elect Trump as racist, yet how many said in 2008 that they were voting for Obama because “he looks like me”? If voting against Obama because of his skin tone is racist (and it is), then voting FOR him is equally racist, as you are voting against his opponent due to their race. Yet NO ONE on the left will ever admit this.

  • Vincent Knight says:

    Obama can only blame himself because of his waring nature, bringing in a million Muslims, and the party wants to bypass the citizen testing and give 520 thousand imagrant free citizenship so they can vote democratic in Florida.

  • Roy Fredrichsen says:

    O’Bummer has to have someone to blame for all his failures. He was so busy decimating the military and writing gun control lws he didn;t have time to see what was happening on the home front.

  • Smitch says:

    Who gives a Fu_k what Tar-Baby Sh_t-Head thinks!

  • rightsright says:

    If so, thanks Sarah. Obama is a created person made up of so many phony parts, all lies and Trump is a real man. Obama is working for evil and Trump is working for good, as is Sarah! Obama, who ever he really is , as Hillary and Bill have told us , is using a fake long form birth certificate made up of six layers of Hawaii birth certificates in order to get the right information, but there is no ORIGINAL BIRTH CERTIFICATE FOR OBAMA IN HAWAII. THE WOMAN WHO PUT OUT THE PHONY ONE IS NOW dead, under suspicious circumstances. Yes Loretta Fuddy is now dead!

  • justinwachin says:

    I blame President Obama for the rise of Donald Trump. People are tired of politicians like Barack Hussein Obama and Hillary Rotten Clinton ruining our country. President Obama’s administration has been plagued by rampant incompetence, corruption and unconstitutional power grabs.

    Mitch McConnell is right. He would have been hurt politically here in Kentucky if he had been pictured with Obama. In McConnell’s last campaign he was unable to get his Democrat challenger to say who she voted for in the 2012 presidential race. When a Democrat is too ashamed of their president (or too afraid) to admit to voting for him that says a lot.

    Donald Trump is far from an ideal candidate in my book, but he is the best choice we have in the general election. Thanks, Obama.

  • champion2211 says:

    Obama always blames someone else for his own doing’s. In his sense he is never wrong. Oops but he is never right. He is already a traitor, and the sorriest so called president that has ever been in the WH.

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