The media, most of whom have never created a business or a job in their entire lives, love to mock Donald Trump. The man who somehow earned billions of dollars and then clawed his way to the GOP nomination is somehow insincere, silly — a clown.
But one man who knows better is taking Trump deadly seriously, and has been for months.
But one man who knows better is taking Trump seriously, and has been for months.
President Obama, held by friends and enemies alike to be the greatest politician of his generation — how else does one parlay an empty resume into the presidency? — knows a political threat when he sees it. And he understands that Donald Trump, despite charges from some on the Right that the New Yorker isn’t conservative enough, will undo much of the Obama legacy and ensure that the man who fancies himself a great historical figure ends up as something on the order of Millard Fillmore.
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If Congress stays in Republican hands, Trump will eviscerate Obamacare instead of saving it with the “public option” backed by Hillary Clinton, which would socialize medicine once and for all by having the government provide health insurance directly. With the stroke of a pen, Trump will undo Obama’s executive actions providing amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants.
Trump, who knows a bottom line when he sees it, will stem the growth of the government’s share of the economy occurring under Obama and revive the private sector with tax cuts. He will end the nearly realized Democratic dream of a Supreme Court locked up by leftists for a generation, while appointing Republican judges to the lower courts. He will reverse the decline of the military and renew local control over education. And he will ensure that America is once again respected and feared — the “peace through strength calculation” of Ronald Reagan that paradoxically makes war less likely.
In short, Obama’s fingerprints will all but be erased as the crime scene is cleaned up.
Obama plans to hold nothing back, vowing to spend the next 3.5 months slashing away at Trump. “You can choose a path that divides us with harsh rhetoric and pits working people against each other, all the while pushing policies that will just help folks at the top do even better,” Obama said during his July 5 opening campaign appearance with Hillary Clinton.
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But unlike the media, Obama has taken Trump seriously for some time.
The reason is that for Obama, Trump is not an aberration. He is the confirmation for Obama that the Republican Party is hateful, racist, and uncaring about anyone with an income below $500,000 a year. Unlike the media and some of the right, Obama believes Trump has serious, sincerely held beliefs, and that he plans to act on them.
“In terms of his positions on a whole range of issues, they’re not very different from any of the other candidates,” Obama said of Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz, way back on March 10, well before the GOP primary had been decided. “It’s not as if there’s a massive difference between Mr. Trump’s position on immigration and Mr. Cruz’s position on immigration. Mr. Trump might just be more provocative in terms of how he says it, but the actual positions aren’t that different.”
During a fundraiser for congressional Democrats a month later, Obama said Trump and Cruz had “done a service” by “laying bare unvarnished” the “nonsense” he has been dealing with in Congress.
“People act as if these folks are outliers. But they’re not,” Obama said. “We should thank Mr. Trump and Mr. Cruz for just being honest.”
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He warned Democrats, in essence, not to heed the media by viewing Trump as a joke — because everything is at stake.
“We cannot be complacent, and we cannot be cynical, because the stakes are too high,” he said. “And we should take pride in what we’ve accomplished over the last seven-and-a-half years, not because every problem was fixed, but because it showed the steady progress that happens when people who love this country decide to change it. And that should be a spur, a call to action.”
On May 6, with Trump having effectively locked up the nomination, Obama was practically begging the media to take Trump more seriously.
“Every candidate, every nominee needs to be subject to exacting standards and genuine scrutiny,” Obama said during remarks at the White House. “It means that if they say they got an answer to a problem that it is actually plausible and that they have details for how it would work. And if it’s completely implausible and would not work, that needs to be reported on.
“And the one thing that I’m going to really be looking for over the next six months,” he added, “is that the American people are effectively informed about where candidates stand on the issues.”
Just this week, Obama responded to Trump’s effort to portray himself as the “law and order candidate” by meeting with his attorney general and FBI chief to discuss ways to protect cops. He knows Trump’s rhetoric is effective and dangerous for him.
A couple of Gallup polls from July 2016 show the creaky foundation upon which Obama’s legacy stands.
“Majority in U.S. prefer state over federal government power,” finds one poll. “Most in U.S. oppose colleges considering race in admissions,” states another.” A January 2016 Gallup poll found that 37 percent of Americans call themselves conservative compared to only 24 percent who say they are liberal.
This is still a moderate-to-conservative country. The president’s fundamental transformation of our nation is not complete. And that is what scares Obama about Trump.