Sorry, President Obama, whether or not you believe Donald Trump will be the Republican presidential nominee, you can’t argue with the fact that Trump is ahead of all other GOP nominees, by a huge percentage, and his lead just keeps on growing.
The latest national tracking poll, conducted online by Survey Monkey and NBC News, shows Donald Trump with a 20 point lead over the candidate in second place, Senator Ted Cruz. CBS News reports the poll, released on February 16, places Donald Trump with 38 percent support, Ted Cruz way below with 18 percent, and Marco Rubio following at a close third with 14 percent.
President Barack Obama seems to find this news disheartening and contrary to his own wishes. According to Deadline, Obama made it publicly known that he does not believe Donald Trump will win the Republican nomination for the next president, intimating that Trump doesn’t have what it takes to be a successful president.
“I continue to believe Mr. Trump will not be president, and the reason is because I have a lot of faith in Americans. I think they recognize being president is a serious job. This is not hosting a talk show, or a reality show.
“It’s hard. It’s not pandering – doing whatever will get you in the news that day. … It’s doing things that are unpopular, and standing up for people who are vulnerable.”
Watch President Obama trash Trump in the following video.
How do these harsh words from the current president make Donald Trump feel? Very good, in fact, as he considered the comments a compliment. Turns out, The Donald is not a fan of Obama either, so his feelings remain unhurt over the conflict. Donald Trump had some strong words to share, as well.
“He has done such a lousy job as president. You look at our budgets, you look at our spending, we can’t beat ISIS, Obamacare is terrible.
“For him to say that is actually a great compliment.”
Not only did the presidential frontrunner slam the president, but he promised to do away with the wildly unpopular Obamacare and replace it with something better, which was met with great applause from supporters.
Watch the response Donald Trump has for Obama, as recorded during a Trump rally today in South Carolina.
ABC News reports that, no matter who is chosen as the GOP nominee, Donald Trump doesn’t intend to give up without a fight. Though Donald signed a pledge in September to support whoever the GOP chooses as its nominee, he says he still hasn’t given up on the thought of running as an independent, because the Republican National Committee has not treated him fairly.
“The RNC better get its act together because, you know, I signed a pledge. The pledge isn’t being honored by the RNC. I signed a pledge, but it’s a double-edged pledge. As far as I’m concerned, they’re in default on their pledge.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2016
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 16, 2016
Though President Obama made no secret of his feelings for each of the Republican candidates, he chose not to comment in detail on the Democrats at this time. While he isn’t yet throwing his support behind Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders, it seems that he is leaning more towards the side of Clinton, as the two have served together during Obama’s administration, and he feels she is most like him.
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