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‘Madman…racist, sexist pig:’ new book reveals Obama’s candid descriptions of Trump

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  • Former President Barack Obama reportedly reserved choice words for former President Trump for private conversations, despite often refraining from much public commentary during the 45th president’s term.
  • Edward-Isaac Dovere, a staff writer at The Atlantic, wrote in a book obtained in advance by The Guardian that Obama privately referred to Trump as “madman,” a “racist, sexist pig,” “that f—-ing lunatic” and a “corrupt motherf—er.”
  • Trump’s own apparent disdain for Obama can be traced in part to him pushing the birther conspiracy movement, which claims Obama was not born in the U.S.

Former President Obama reportedly reserved choice words for former President Trump for private conversations, despite often refraining from much public commentary during the Trump’s term. 

Edward-Isaac Dovere, a staff writer at The Atlantic, wrote in a book obtained in advance by The Guardian that Obama privately referred to Trump as “madman”, a “racist, sexist pig,” “that f—ing lunatic,” and a “corrupt motherf—er.” Dovere’s book, “Battle for the Soul: Inside the Democrats’ Campaigns to Defeat Donald Trump,” is set to be released next week. 

Trump’s own apparent disdain for Obama can be traced in part to him pushing the birther conspiracy movement, which claims Obama was not born in the U.S.


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Dovere reportedly wrote that Obama first preferred the prospect of Trump as president over Ted Cruz, but after Trump assumed office, Obama’s views changed. 

“He’s a madman,” Dovere reported Obama telling “big donors looking to squeeze a reaction out of him in exchange for the big checks they were writing to his foundation.”

“More often: ‘I didn’t think it would be this bad.’ Sometimes: ‘I didn’t think we’d have a racist, sexist pig.’ Depending on the outrage of the day … a passing ‘that f-ing lunatic’ with a shake of his head,” Dovere reported, according to The Guardian. 


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But Obama’s harshest language directed toward Trump, according to Dovere, came when reports surfaced that Trump was communicating privately with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the investigation into potential Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign. 

“‘That corrupt motherf—er,’” Obama reportedly said.


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