Obama: Palin shifted country, GOP in direction McCain 'abhorred'

Obama: Palin shifted country, GOP in direction McCain 'abhorred'


Former President Barack Obama railed against the ideological shift of the Republican Party in his forthcoming memoir, arguing that Sarah Palin’s rise during the 2008 election paved the way for divisive figures like President Trump and that she took the party in a direction the late Sen. John McCain “abhorred.”

In the book “A Promised Land,” set to release Tuesday and previewed by CNN, Mr. Obama wrote that he thinks McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, would have chosen someone different as his running mate had he known Ms. Palin would bring the fringe elements of the party into the 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,” Mr. Obama wrote, CNN reported.

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Mr. Obama reported seeing the Republican Party dramatically shift during

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