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Barack Obama: ‘Americans spooked by black man in White House’ led to Trump presidency

Former president writes in memoir, A Promised Land, ‘my very presence in the White House triggered a deep-seated panic’

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Donald Trump “promised an elixir for the racial anxiety” of “millions of Americans spooked by a black man in the White House”, Barack Obama writes in his eagerly awaited memoir.

Those Americans, Obama writes, were prey to “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”.

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