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Obama: Sarah Palin made ‘xenophobia, anti-intellectualism, paranoid conspiracy theories’ and racism popular in GOP

In his new post-presidency memoir, former President Barrack Obama explicitly states that his election in 2008 gave rise to racial tensions in the United States that he says President Donald Trump exploited for political purposes. He also accuses former Gov. Sarah Palin, the vice presidential nominee in 2008, of unleashing “xenophobia, anti-intellectualism, paranoid conspiracy theories, and antipathy towards black and brown folks” in the Republican Party, giving way to Trump’s rise.

“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 writes. “Which is exactly what Donald Trump understood when he started peddling assertions that I had not been born in the United States and was thus an illegitimate president. For millions of Americans spooked by a Black man in the White House, he promised an elixir for their racial anxiety.”

Obama’s memoir, titled “A Promised Land,” details his childhood, rise in politics, historic presidential campaign, and the first four years of his presidency. The book, which is due out Nov. 17, is the first volume of a planned two-volume work. In excerpts from the book published by CNN, Obama accuses the Republican Party, and Palin in particular, of making racist and conspiratorial attitudes mainstream.

“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.

He said he “wonder(s) sometimes” about whether the late 2008 Republican nominee John McCain would still have chosen Palin if he had known “her spectacular rise and her validation as a candidate would provide a template for future politicians, shifting his party’s center and the country’s politics overall in a direction he abhorred.”

“I’d like to think that given the chance to do it over again, he might have chosen differently,” Obama writes. “I believe he really did put his country first.”

He accuses the Republican Party of appealing to white Americans’ supposed anxieties about the first black president to thwart his agenda, a strategy that “had migrated from the fringe of GOP politics to the center — an emotional, almost visceral, reaction to my presidency, distinct from any differences in policy or ideology.”

Obama also discusses Trump, who championed the 2011 conspiracy that Obama was not born in the United States. He writes that Trump’s birtherism and, in his view, GOP leadership’s appeal to white Americans to oppose his agenda was more or less the same.

“In that sense, there wasn’t much difference between Trump and [John] Boehner or [Mitch] McConnell. They, too, understood that it didn’t matter whether what they said was true,” he writes. “In fact, the only difference between Trump’s style of politics and theirs was Trump’s lack of inhibition.”

Obama writes that it was for this reason he used his vice president, Joe Biden, as the administration’s go-to negotiator with the Republican-controlled Congress.

“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,” Obama writes.

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Sarah Palin calls out Lisa Murkowski for opposing Trump’s Supreme Court nominee: ‘I can see 2022 from my house’

Could Sarah Palin challenge Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) in the 2022 Alaska Republican Senate primary?

The former governor of Alaska and 2008 running mate with Republican presidential candidate John McCain said she “can see 2022 from my house” in a video calling out Murkowski for opposing President Donald Trump’s plan to nominate a new Supreme Court justice before the presidential election.

“Lisa Murkowski, this is my house,” Palin says in the video. “I’m willing to give it up for the greater good of this country.”

“If you can’t find it within yourself to do the right thing this time and at least give a fair shake to the Supreme Court nominee that your president will be bringing before you,” Palin continues.

She demands that Murkowski do “what the majority of Americans want you to do when you were sent to Washington, D.C.”

She urges Murkowski to “backtrack” her opposition to a Trump nominee.

Speaking to reporters Tuesday, Murkowski refused to commit to supporting a Republican-led effort to confirm a new justice.

“I know everybody wants to ask the question, ‘Will you confirm the nominee?'” Murkowski said. “We don’t have a nominee yet. You and I don’t know who that is. And so I can’t confirm whether or not I can confirm a nominee when I don’t know who the nominee is.”

She reaffirmed her position that she “would not support taking up a potential Supreme Court vacancy this close to the election.”

“Sadly, what was then a hypothetical is now our reality, but my position has not changed,” Murkowski said. “I did not support taking up a nomination eight months before the 2016 election to fill the vacancy created by the passing of Justice Scalia.”

“We are now even closer to the 2020 election — less than two months out — and I believe the same standard must apply,” she added.

Palin suggested Murkowski’s instance on waiting for the election indicates she hopes President Trump loses.

“You’d better backtrack … you know you’d already put yourself in this box saying no matter who it is you’re not going to support the person, not until you have the chance to appoint a judicial nominee under another president instead of this one?” Palin asked. “You’re hoping what, that this president doesn’t win?

“Otherwise you’d be cooperating with the president, really what it is is cooperating with the majority of Americans who know that it’s now or never for America.”

“So much hinges on the Supreme Court … you know why it’s so important and that’s why you’re thinking you’re going to go rogue,” Palin says. “There’s a time and a place to go rogue, this isn’t the time. This isn’t the place.”

Palin ends the video with a possible threat to challenge Murkowski when her term ends in 2022.

“We sure hope that you have it within you have it within you to do the right thing this time. So you should walk back, we’ll forgive you,” Palin says. “If you can’t do that, remember my house? I can see a lot of things from my house.

“Lisa, I can see 2022 from my house.”

This is not the first time Palin has threatened to challenge Murkowski. In 2018, when Murkowski opposed the Supreme Court nomination of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Palin tweeted “Hey @LisaMurkowski – I can see 2022 from my house …”


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Judge rules Sarah Palin’s defamation suit against The New York Times can go to trial?

Sarah Palin’s defamation lawsuit against The New York Times is moving forward and headed to trial after a federal judge ruled Friday that a jury will decide whether the newspaper acted with “actual malice” when it published a false editorial pointing to Palin as the motivation behind the 2011 assassination attempt on former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.).

What are the details?

Palin sued The Times in 2017 over a piece that linked materials distributed by the former Alaskan governor’s political action committee and the Tucson, Arizona, mass murder at a Giffords event that left six people dead and Giffords injured.

An excerpt from the editorial — which was later corrected — read:

Was this attack evidence of how vicious American politics has become? Probably. In 2011, Jared Lee Loughner opened fire in a supermarket parking lot, grievously wounding Representative Gabby Giffords and killing six people, including a 9-year-old girl. At the time, we and others were sharply critical of the heated political rhetoric on the right. Before the shooting, Sarah Palin’s political action committee circulated a map that showed the targeted electoral districts of Ms. Giffords and 19 other Democrats under stylized cross hairs.

The lawsuit has been tied up in the courts ever since, and on Friday, Manhattan Federal Judge Jed Rakoff denied The Times’ request to bring the case to a close, which Law & Crime called “a major procedural win” for Palin.

“Gov. Palin brings this action to hold [former editor] James Bennett and The Times accountable for defaming her by falsely asserting what they knew to be false: that Gov. Palin was clearly and directly responsible for inciting a mass shooting at a political event in January 2011,” the judge wrote.

“Specifically,” he continued, “on June 14, 2017, The Times published an editorial authored in the name of its Editorial Board (which represents the ‘voice’ of The Times) that falsely stated as a matter of fact to millions of people that Gov. Palin incited Jared Loughner’s January 8, 2011, mass shooting at a political event in Tucson, Arizona.”

Rakoff added, “Taken in the light most favorable to (Palin), the evidence shows Bennet came up with an angle for the editorial, ignored the articles brought to his attention that were inconsistent with his angle, disregarded the…research he commissioned, and ultimately made the point he set out to make in reckless disregard of the truth.”

In reaction to the judge’s decision, a spokeswoman for The Times said in a statement, “We’re disappointed in the ruling but are confident we will prevail at trial when a jury hears the facts,” the New York Daily News reported.