Barack Obama is having difficulty processing the election.
It was a referendum on his Presidency.
And it led him to make one of the most outrageous claims about the election by anyone in American politics.
Hillary Clinton campaigned on Obama’s third term.
Obama threw himself into the election and campaigned for Hillary with all of his talent and might.
But it wasn’t enough.
The American people rejected Obama’s failed agenda and delivered a decisive Electoral College win to Donald Trump.
Obama can’t quite wrap his head around that result.
In an interview with CNN’s David Axelrod, Obama claimed he would have won a third term had he been on the ballot by rallying Americans around his vision of social justice.
From the CNN transcript:
“OBAMA: And — and win back seats in the Senate. And — and so, I understand what happened politically.
Two points I would make though, David, because obviously in the wake of the election and Trump winning, a lot of people have — have suggested that somehow, it really was a fantasy. 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 — and full of energy and dynamism.
And — and the problem is, it doesn’t always manifest itself in politics, right? You know, I am confident in this vision because I’m confident that if I — if I had run again and articulated it, I think I could’ve mobilized a majority of the American people to rally behind it.
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.”
Critics note Obama alludes to the brand of politically correct identity politics that turned many Americans off.
The cosmopolitan vision of a multi-cultural America that embraces left-wing social causes such as men in the women’s bathroom alienated large swaths of Americans.
Others took the remark as Obama hurling an insult at Hillary Clinton.
To them, his comments sounded like his vision for America is so popular that only an incompetent like Hillary Clinton could have fouled up the election.
Donald Trump immediately fired back on Twitter and pointed out the many Obama failures the American people have rejected.
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.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 26, 2016
Some pundits argue Obama was always more popular than his agenda and could have defeated Trump based on his personal appeal.
But in 2012, Republicans couldn’t run on the biggest Obama failure of all – Obamacare – because the GOP establishment’s handpicked candidate, Mitt Romney, invented the law at the state level.
Republicans were deprived on their most potent political weapon.
That would not have been the case with Trump.
Obama also never ran against a candidate who could articulate the case against his open borders policies.
Establishment Republicans Mitt Romney and John McCain both believed they were tied to the donor class and their demands for amnesty for illegal immigrants.
And they both supported Obama’s globalist trade deals.
Trump running against Obama would have presented the same dynamic as a race against Clinton – an open borders globalist who was defending the disastrous Obamacare scheme.
Do you believe Obama would have defeated Donald Trump?
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