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Would Obama Have Defeated Trump?

President confident he would have won against Trump in November election.

President confident he would have won against Trump in November election.

In a podcast with David Axelrod, currently a CNN commentator, President Obama said he felt confident that he would have won the election if he had run against Donald Trump in November. During the interview, President Obama said, “…If I had run again and articulated it, I think I could’ve mobilized a majority of the American people to rally behind it.” The “it” to which he referred was his vision, ideals, message of inclusion, and helping middle-class Americans.

“It was nonsense that Democrats had abandoned white working-class Americans, who rallied to Mr. Trump,” the President stated. To support this perspective, he cited the Affordable Care Act which benefits a huge number of Trump voters in places like West Virginia and Kentucky.

However, according to the President, the message, “we understand why you’re frustrated,” was not communicated to Trump supporters by Democratic politicians. He indicated that Democrats were not on the ground communicating to those voters that the Party cared about them and was bleeding for them. Efforts to rebuild must include organizing with an emotional connection in mind: caring about state parties, local races, school boards, city councils, and legislative races, the President explained.

Responding on Twitter to the President’s comments, Donald Trump wrote: “President Obama said he thinks he would have won against me. He should say that but NO WAY! – jobs leaving, ISIS, OCare, etc.”

Axelrod said he sensed that the President was frustrated that his presidency was ending when   his party sustained such a dramatic loss. “He believes the momentum is still on his side in the long term,” he said. “He’s always been a guy who thinks long term and has an amazing ability to do that.”

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