BARACK Obama joked that Donald Trump’s presidency was like OJ Simpson’s acquittal over his wife’s killing but for white people, according to his former speechwriter.
Ben Rhodes, who worked for Obama from 2009 to 2017, recalls in his latest book After the Fall the former president’s dark humor, especially when speaking about rivals.
“Trump is for a lot of white people what OJ’s acquittal was to a lot of black folks — you know it’s wrong, but it feels good,” Obama allegedly said in an undated quote published by the New York Times.
Simpson was tried for the double murder of his wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ron Goldman in 1995 but was sensationally acquitted in a case dubbed the “trial of the century.”
Both Nicole and Ron’s family saw the verdict as a serious miscarriage of justice.
Yet the acquittal of the NFL star was met with jubilant reactions from the black community.
It came only four years after riots took over Los Angeles for five days following the savage beating of black man Rodney King by the LAPD.
Initial polling showed 70 percent of black people agreed with the acquittal with 75 percent of white people believing Simpson to be guilty, according to the Daily Mail.
Simpson was later found responsible for the brutal stabbing in a civil suit two years later.
It has previously been revealed that Obama has referred to Trump as a “lunatic” and a “corrupt motherf****r.”
In his recent book Battle for the Soul, Edward-Isaac Dovere says that Obama had wanted Trump to be the Republican candidate in 2016 as he believed the real-estate mogul could be easily beaten by Hillary Clinton.
From 2017, Obama reportedly dubbed Trump “a madman,” before the insults got darker.
Dovere reported that “more often,” Obama would say “I didn’t think it would be this bad,” or “I didn’t think we’d have a racist, sexist pig,” and even going as far as slamming him as a “f**king lunatic.”
However, Dovere reported that Obama’s strongest criticism was prompted by reports that Trump was speaking to foreign leaders, including Vladimir Putin, without any of his aides on the call.
“That corrupt motherf**ker,” Obama reportedly fumed.
Rhodes’s new book looks at the change in America and in the world as he argues that it has become more authoritarian.
He writes that America previously did “big things.”
“Over the past 30 years, we had lost our grip on those lifelines,” he says, claiming that Obama and Trump “perfectly encapsulate two separate Americas, two different stories about where we need to go.”
“To have any capacity to help fix what has gone wrong in the world, we have to begin fixing what has gone wrong with ourselves,” he says in an excerpt published by The Atlantic.
“The cold war that needs to be won now is at home, a battle between people who live in the reality of the world as it is and people who are choosing to live in a false reality made up of base white-supremacist grievances and irrational conspiracy theories—and seeking to impose it on the rest of us.”
Rhodes also blasts the Trump years as a “cesspool” where “conspiracy theories were a driving force behind the government itself.”
He also recalls how Obama briefed him on voters who voted for him for two terms but then turned to Trump.
“Nearly all of the voters could enumerate Trump’s personal failings—his dishonesty, his treatment of women, his rude and vulgar manner,” he writes.
“But they reserved deeper scorn for the Clintons and the corruption they seemed to represent—the profiting from power, the condescension, the membership in an elite that didn’t care about them.”
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