Heading into the 2016 presidential election, most of the mainstream media and pollsters didn't give #Donald Trump much of a chance at success. While Trump was able to pull off the upset and defeat Hillary Clinton, President #Obama thinks he would have a better shot.
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During the election, President Obama campaigned for Hillary Clinton, doing his best to rally the troops and help elect the first female president in United States history. Even with the help of First Lady Michelle Obama, Clinton was unable to perform well enough in key swing states, and the former host of "The Apprentice" picked up the win on Election Day. Though the outcome came as a surprise to most, Clinton was viewed unfavorably by many, as many on the left had a negative opinion of the former Secretary of State. On Monday, President Obama sat down for an interview with David Axelrod, the host of "The Axe Files" podcast and former Obama advisor. During the interview, Obama said he thought he would have been able to defeat Trump if he was allowed to run for a third term. As seen on his official #Twitter account on December 26, Donald Trump was quick to respond.
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
"President Obama said that he thinks he would have won against me," Donald Trump tweeted out on Monday, while adding, "He should say that but I say NO WAY! - jobs leaving, ISIS, OCare, etc." In Axelrod's interview with Obama, the president said, "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."
President Obama says he would have beaten Trump ‘if I had run again’ https://t.co/fT7XEsoR2A— Post Politics (@postpolitics) December 26, 2016
Since the election, Donald Trump and President Obama have surprised many by working together during the transition period. Earlier reports noted that Trump was "overwhelmed" in the days following his big win, and that he needed extra time with Obama to help him understand the job of the presidency.
Despite the growing backlash against him, Trump is set to be sworn in as the next commander in chief on January 20. While that might be Trump's big day, up to as many as 100,000 protesters are expected to be in attendance in Washington, D.C. to voice their opposition to the new administration.