President Obama has 3 months left in office…and he plans on using day to help Hillary Clinton win the presidency.
In an interview with New York magazine published Sunday night, Obama said that the rise of Donald Trump can be traced back to 2008, when then-GOP presidential nominee John McCain chose a little-known Alaska governor as his running mate.
Obama said, “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.”
Obama continued, “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.”
Obama connected Palin to the tea party and Republican obstructionism in general, saying:
“The moods that I think Sarah Palin had captured during the election increasingly were representative of the Republican activist base, its core. It might not have been representative of Republicans across the country, but it meant that John Boehner or Mitch McConnell had to worry about that mood inside their party that felt that, ‘No, we shouldn’t cooperate with Obama, we shouldn’t cooperate with Democrats’ — that it represents compromise, weakness, and that the broader character of America is at stake, regardless of whatever policy arguments might be made.”