Sarah Palin Hits Back at 'Moses' Obama Over Book's Criticism of 'Anti-Intellectual' Republicans

Former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin hit back at former President Barack Obama on Monday night after his new book connected her with the rise of "anti-intellectual" Republicans.

Appearing on Fox News, Palin referred to Obama as "Moses"—a mocking reference to the title of his new book A Promised Land—and called him the master of "personal destruction" politics as she hit back at her former campaign opponent.

The ex-Alaska governor added that Americans were "so fed up" with Obama's brand of politics that they later elected someone to "get rid of that politics of personal destruction," seemingly referring to President Donald Trump.

Speaking to Hannity last night, Palin said: "Barack Obama with his 700-some-page A Promised Land book. I guess evidently he thinks that he is the one to lead us to the promised land, so let's refer to him as 'Moses.'

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Former Governor Sarah Palin speaks during her appearance at Politicon at Pasadena Convention Center on June 26, 2016 in Pasadena, California. She has hit out at Obama after he tied her to "anti-intellectual" Republicanism in his new book. Michael Schwartz/Getty Images

"Moses is the master of the politics of personal destruction, which people were so fed up with that a movement began and they elected someone to hopefully get us on a path to get rid of that politics of personal destruction. But Barack Obama just doesn't get it.

"First of all... in order to let a man's opinion hurt, you have to give a little bit of value to that man's opinion, so I'm good there, because he does not represent truth."

John McCain's former running mate later added that Obama "just doesn't get it," arguing that "simply loving truth" was the solution to the problems facing America.

In a separate interview with Newsmax earlier this week, Palin said the ex-president was "so still 2008" and claimed that she had been "living rent-free in his head" since she campaigned against him in the 2008 presidential election.

"The movement that he still cannot accept nor understand evidently that began in our campaign that he now blames me for... 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," she told the network.

Obama wrote in his new book that "dark spirits" in the GOP ranks had found their way to "center stage" after Palin was chosen to be McCain's running mate 12 years ago.

"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," he wrote. "She had no idea what the hell she was talking about."

Speaking to The Atlantic last week, the former president also said Palin's 2008 campaign rallies hinted at "appeals around identity politics, around nativism, conspiracies" being in the ascendancy among the Republican base.