I’m absolutely positive President Obama would have had a better chance against Trump than Hillary Clinton had, even though most ridiculous Polls had a predicted a Hillary “landslide” even up to morning of Election day… Obama would have been an incumbent President, who is an excellent public speaker and campaigner, and a message of “We’re Almost There” could have been decisive. The only thing is, Obama would have been just as unprepared for the Trump Train Tactics that first brought down all of the Republican challengers, then perhaps the most qualified Democrat ever to run for the Presidency, who by the way, had an UNPRECEDENTED advantage with 60% of the female population of the United States. I feel like Trump would have still had won, and even possibly, with a larger margin.
CNN.com – Arguing that Americans still subscribe to his vision of progressive change, President Barack Obama asserted in an interview recently he could have succeeded in this year’s election if he was eligible to run.
“I am confident in this vision because I’m confident that if I had run again and articulated it, I think I could’ve mobilized a majority of the American people to rally behind it,” Obama told his former senior adviser David Axelrod in an interview for the “The Axe Files” podcast, produced by the University of Chicago Institute of Politics and CNN.
“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,” Obama said in the interview, which aired Monday.
“In the wake of the election and Trump winning, a lot of people have suggested that somehow, it really was a fantasy,” Obama said of the hope-and-change vision he heralded in 2008. “What I would argue is, is that the culture actually did shift, that the majority does buy into the notion of a one America that is tolerant and diverse and open and full of energy and dynamism.”
Neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton won a majority of the vote in the 2016 contest. Clinton beat Trump in the popular vote by almost 2.9 million ballots, though Trump won more electoral votes and thus the presidency.
In the 50-minute session, Obama repeated his suggestion Democrats had ignored entire segments of the voting population, leading to Donald Trump’s win. He implied that Hillary Clinton’s campaign hadn’t made a vocal enough argument directed toward Americans who haven’t felt the benefits of the economic recovery.
Full transcript: David Axelrod interviews President Barack Obama for The Axe Files
“If you think you’re winning, then you have a tendency, just like in sports, maybe to play it safer,” he said, adding later he believed Clinton “performed wonderfully under really tough circumstances” and was mistreated by the media.
Trump on Monday afternoon responded to the President’s assertion that he could have won a third term. Though the President-elect framed Obama’s comments as describing a head-to-head matchup between the pair, which Obama did not say in his interview with Axelrod.
“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.,” Trump tweeted.
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
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