In his upcoming book "A Promised Land," former president Barack Obama makes the provocative claim that Donald Trump succeeded him as president because he "promised an elixir for the racial anxiety [of] millions of Americans spooked by a black man in the White House."
"It was as if my very presence in the White House," the former president writes, "had triggered a deep-seated panic, a sense that the natural order had been disrupted. 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."
Obama has a number of harsh words for the rest of the Republican Party as well, suggesting that Republican voters gave in to "the dark spirits that had long been lurking on the edges of the modern Republican Party," which he said manifested through Sarah Palin, including "xenophobia, anti-intellectualism, paranoid conspiracy theories, [and] an antipathy toward black and brown folks."
In the book Obama bashes former House Speaker John Boehner and current Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, saying there is no difference between them and Trump other than his successor's "lack of inhibition."
The book is 768 pages and is only part one of a two-part set. A Promised Land comes out on Tuesday.