Obama Claims He Would Have Beaten Trump

In response, the president-elect had some choice thoughts to offer

When President Barack Obama claimed he would have easily won a third term against President-Elect Donald Trump in an interview Monday, Trump offered a swift Twitter response: “NO WAY!”

Obama, reflecting on his two terms in office, told former senior adviser David Axelrod on “The Axe Files” podcast that he believed a majority of Americans still support his progressive, liberal agenda. Saying he had complete confidence in his platform’s potency, Obama essentially insulted Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton for her loss against Trump because she was unable to effectively articulate her vision for the country’s future.

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“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 Axelrod. “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.'”

But if Obama’s vision truly contained the amount of mobilizing potential he proudly boasted of, why didn’t all the time and effort he poured into Clinton’s campaign come to fruition?

The president often campaigned multiple days per week for Clinton in the period leading up to the Nov. 8 election. But as Clinton weathered scandals and struggled to connect personally with the voters she courted, Obama’s star power was not enough to seal the deal.

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“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 his winning political vision 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.”

When Obama claimed he would have soared to a third presidential term if he’d run against Trump this year, the president-elect pushed back hard and claimed Obama did not understand today’s America.

“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 Monday.

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As Trump noted, millions of Americans rejected Obama’s progressive platform and protested against the state in which he left their country by snubbing Clinton and casting their votes for Trump. Obama’s legacy was so distasteful that these Americans could not stomach the notion of supporting Clinton. But rather than accept some measure of responsibility, Obama sought to shift the blame onto Clinton and the media.

“We — we devoted more attention, more focus, put more resources into rural America than has — has been the case probably for the last two, three decades,” Obama said when he discussed rural America’s drastic turnout for Trump on Election Day. “And — and it paid great dividends, but you just wouldn’t know that, that’s not something that you would see on the nightly news.”

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Apparently the mainstream media’s crusade to elect Clinton and suppress Trump’s rise wasn’t good enough for Obama.

“And so we’ve got to figure out how do we show people and communicate in a way that is visceral and — and makes an emotional connection as opposed to just the facts,” Obama continued. “And there’s an emotional connection, and part of what we have to do to rebuild is to be there and — and that means organizing, that means caring about state parties, it means caring about local races, state boards or school boards and city councils and state legislative races and not thinking that somehow, just a great set of progressive policies that we present to The New York Times editorial board will win the day.”

But as the Democrats continue to grapple with the reality of Clinton’s resounding loss and the meaning behind the American voters’ rejection of the Democratic Party — not only at the top of the ticket, but in congressional, state legislative, and gubernatorial races as well — Obama seems to be missing the point.

By contrast, Donald Trump seemed to get it after the election results came in last month, tweeting, “Such a beautiful and important evening! The forgotten man and woman will never be forgotten again. We will all come together as never before.”

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