Obama says if he could have run, he would have de­feated Trump

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Dou­glas Ernst

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.”

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