President Obama says that if he had been able to run for a third term in the 2016 election, he would have stomped Donald Trump into the ground.
Speaking to former adviser David Axelrod on his podcast, the president said that “the majority does buy into the notion of a one America that is tolerant and diverse and open.”
“I am confident in this vision because I’m confident that if I — if I had run again and articulated it, I think I could’ve mobilized a majority of the American people to rally behind it. I know that in conversations that I’ve had with people around the country, even some people who disagreed with me, they would say the vision, the direction that you point towards is the right one.”
The interview went online on Monday, and you can probably guess what happened next. Trump did what he does best: he threw a temper tantrum on Twitter.
President Obama said that he thinks he would have won against me. He should say that but I say NO WAY! – jobs leaving, ISIS, OCare, etc.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 26, 2016
During the interview, Obama also told Axelrod that he thinks that the “longstanding difficulty” between Hillary Clinton and the press was a significant thorn in her side when it came to the election.
“Look, you know, I think that Hillary Clinton performed wonderfully under really tough circumstances,” Obama responded. “I’ve said this publicly, I’ll repeat it. I think there was a double standard with her. For whatever reason, there’s been a longstanding difficulty in her relationship with the press that meant her flaws were wildly amplified relative to…”
Obama added that Democrats as a whole seem to have a definite problem when it comes to communicating their message to voters.
“I think the issue was less that Democrats have somehow abandoned the white working class, I think that’s nonsense. Look, the Affordable Care Act benefits a huge number of Trump voters. There are a lot of folks in places like West Virginia or Kentucky who didn’t vote for Hillary, didn’t vote for me, but are being helped by this,” Obama said. “The problem is, is that we’re not there on the ground communicating not only the dry policy aspects of this but that we care about these communities, that we’re bleeding for these communities.”
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