Obama says if he could have run, he would have defeated Trump
President Obama is “confident” he would have defeated Republican Donald Trump if he could have run for a third term in 2016.
Mr. Obama recently gave his former chief strategist, David Axelrod, an interview on CNN’s “The Axe Files.” excerpts of which CNN released Monday.
“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,” Mr. Obama said, though he didn’t elaborate on why Hillary Clinton couldn’t mobilize that majority, even with his repeated claims on the campaign stump that his legacy was on the line.
“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,” Mr. Obama claimed.
The president then said Mr. Trump’s ability to secure 306 Electoral College votes compared to Mrs. Clinton’s 232 is not an indicator that “hope and change” was a political illusion.
“In the wake of the election and Trump winning, a lot of people have suggested that somehow, it really was a fantasy,” the president said. But “the culture actually did shift … the majority does buy into the notion of a one America that is tolerant and diverse.”
Mr. Trump trolled the president back Monday night on Twitter, saying “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.”