President Obama on Wednesday convened a press conference in California to discuss the nomination of a new Supreme Court Justice, but reporters wanted to know what he thought about the course of the 2016 election. Obama, who has been cautious about wading too deeply into the primaries, measured his words before finally saying: “I continue to believe Mr. Trump will not be president.”
Obama went on to say that he didn’t think the voters would put a man like Trump into the White House. “I have a lot of faith in the American people,” he said. “Being president is a serious job. It’s not hosting a talk show, or a reality show.”
Obama explained that being president was not “a matter of pandering and doing whatever will get you in the news on a given day” before extending his criticism to the entirety of the Republican Party. He said that the other candidates were just as bad as Trump, only differing from the frontrunner in their choice of language.
Trump, not one to let an attack go unanswered, said on Twitter: “Interesting how President Obama so haltingly said I ‘would never be president’ – This from perhaps the worst president in U.S. history.
At a rally in Beaufort, South Carolina on Wednesday night, Trump once again referred to the president’s comments. “He has done such a lousy job as president,” Trump said. “This man has done such a bad job, he has set us back so far, and for him to say that is actually a great compliment, if you want to know the truth.”
Turning his attention directly to the president, Trump said, “You’re lucky I didn’t run last time when Romney ran because you would have been a one-term president.”
Ah, if only.
Knee deep in the primaries as we are, it’s easy to lose the forest for the trees. So let’s give Obama credit for bringing the true stakes of this election back into sharp relief. In the end, this is about more than the corruption in the Republican Party, the tiresome ineffectiveness of the Washington establishment, and whatever Trump said last to inflame the media. This is about wrestling back control of the White House from one of the most god-awful presidents of all time.
This is something that has been lost on 9/10ths of the conservative media. In their nonstop effort to find new ways to tell their viewers and readers that Donald Trump is not a “true conservative,” they seem to have forgotten that we’re not electing a replacement for Rush Limbaugh. We’re electing a replacement for Barack Obama. We’re looking for someone – anyone! – who can turn back this evil administration’s nausea-inducing lurch to the left. We’re going to mess that up because Trump invited the Clintons to his wedding? Come on.