Sarah Palin Blasts Obama Book Tying Her to 'Anti-Intellectuals,' Says GOP Dislikes Trump, 'Never Liked Me'

The 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate, Sarah Palin, mocked former President Barack Obama for describing her in his new book as a precursor to "anti-intellectual" Republicans—and said the GOP likes neither her nor President Donald Trump.

Palin responded to comments in Obama's A Promised Land during a Friday evening interview with Newsmax. Both she and host Greg Kelly ridiculed Obama as "aloof and snobby as he's ever been" after he tied her to what he described as xenophobic and paranoid thinking that now dominates the Republican Party, 12 years after her unsuccessful vice president run alongside late Senator John McCain. The former Alaska governor said today's Republicans are more diverse than ever and it's Democrats who choose leaders "based on gender, based on race."

Palin said the GOP establishment never liked her or Trump because they were "rogue" figures who have shaken up the party's elitist message.

Obama wrote in his new book: "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. She had no idea what the hell she was talking about."

Kelly and Palin blasted Obama and his former vice president, Joe Biden, for "how out of touch" they are with conservatives who just want smaller government. She said the book's title, A Promised Land, is "offensive" to her and asked Newsmax viewers, "Who does he think he is, Moses? God? He sure tries to make this all sound so scary and spooky."

"He's so still 2008," Palin said of Obama. "It's funny because with the price of rent today, it's kind of pleasurable to know I've been living rent-free in his head for 12 years. The movement that he still cannot accept nor understand evidently that began in our campaign that he now blames me for—so many Republicans being so active and elected lately—that movement was all about giving the voiceless a voice, empowering people who are fed up, want accountability in their government, want a smaller, smarter government."

Newsmax host Kelly accused the Republican Party establishment of "not supporting [Trump] strong enough" as the president continues to push false claims he somehow won this year's election over Biden. The GOP leaders were "not kind to you, not kind to President Trump," he suggested.

"It's so real. The GOP establishment, that machine, they don't like anybody going rogue, shaking it up, not taking their turn. So no, they don't like Trump and they never liked me," Palin said, recalling she was not invited to Obama's inauguration, McCain's 2018 funeral and was not asked to speak at the Republican convention. Trump, however did invite her and musician Ted Nugent to the White House in 2017.

Palin said Obama's depiction of her in his new book overlooks that she and the Tea Party movement at the time promoted diversity within the GOP, particularly the "Mama Grizzlies" embrace of conservative women.

"It's the antithesis of what the left is acting out today. They're choosing people based on gender, based on race, they're creating inequality, when we're saying, 'We can all be a part of this,' changing this country into something we can all embrace," she said.

Newsweek reached out to the White House and Palin representatives for additional comments Saturday afternoon.

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The 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate, Sarah Palin, mocked former President Barack Obama's new book which describes her as a precursor to "anti-intellectual" Republicans - a party she says didn't like her or President Donald Trump. Screenshot: Newsmax | YouTube