One of the big “stories” on Monday, if you want to call it that, centered around comments President Obama made where he said that he believed if he would have been able to run again this year, he would have beaten Donald Trump.
Naturally, Trump disagreed, quickly taking to Twitter to proclaim that there’s “NO WAY!” (because it’s very presidential to use all caps) President Obama could have defeated him:
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
Now, let’s think about this logically, shall we?
First, even though I proudly supported Hillary Clinton, let’s be honest — she wasn’t the greatest candidate. Despite the reasons why that was the case, her favorability numbers were extremely low and she wasn’t enthusiastically supported by quite a few of the people who voted for her. Had she won, like Trump’s about to do here in a few weeks, she would have gone into office as one of the least “liked” (viewed favorably) candidates in U.S. history.
Yet, despite that fact, Trump still lost to her by nearly 3 million votes and only won the electoral college because of around 100k votes spread out through three states. He’s going to go into office as one of the biggest losers in U.S. history.
A big reason for that is the fact that, while Clinton’s favorability numbers are rather bad — Trump’s are worse.
According to an average of several polls, his current “favorable” rating sits around 44 percent. Which is actually up, since most candidates see a “bounce” following an election win. For most of his campaign his “favorable” rating hovered in the 30’s.
Meanwhile, President Obama’s is at 55 percent — a number that continually grew, especially as people realized who would be replacing him here in a few weeks.
In fact, Obama’s job approval rating is at 56 percent — the highest it’s been since 2009. This is also a number that’s grown quite a bit as Americans realized who could be taking his place.
That means Trump not only lost the popular vote by a few million votes to someone who was nearly as unpopular as he is, but when you compare his numbers to Obama’s, it shows he would get crushed.
But let’s also not forget that Trump received help from Russian hacking, Wikileaks via being Russia’s puppet, and the FBI sending an unprecedented letter to Congress before Election Day. Yet despite all of that, he still lost by nearly 3 million votes.
Yet Trump thinks he could have beaten a much… much more well-liked and popular President Obama?
Barack Obama is a much better candidate than Hillary Clinton (which is why he won in 2008) and Mitt Romney is a much stronger opponent than Trump (who Obama easily defeated in 2012). So logic and facts would clearly dictate that, not only would Obama have won — he would have absolutely crushed Donald Trump.
Then again, we’re dealing with Donald Trump and his supporters. So we shouldn’t expect to deal with people who are rational, logical or even believe in facts.