President Obama Says He Would've Won a Third Term

December 27th 2016

Mike Rothschild

President Barack Obama recently revealed that if he would have been allowed to run for a third term, he would've beat Donald Trump. But the president-elect has his own thoughts on Obama's claims. 

"I am confident in this vision, because I'm confident that if I had run again and articulated it, I think I could have mobilized a majority of the American people to rally behind it," Obama said on The Axe Files podcast hosted by his former advisor David Axelrod, which aired Monday.

Trump wasn't silent on the issue and shot back with his own response to Obama's assertion. The former reality TV show host responded to Obama's claim Monday, using his now-customary platform of Twitter, to insist that he would have beaten the current president in a hypothetical election between the two.

He also went on to claim in another tweet that the world was "gloomy" before his win: 

The 22nd Amendment prevents anyone from running for president after serving the majority of two terms. 

But this hasn't stopped conspiracy theorists and prominent conservatives from claiming Obama would do something to suspend the Constitution and install himself in the office permanently. While Obama didn't discuss any such wild plots, he was confident that his message of hope still resonated, even among a population that sent the president-elect to the White House.

"I know that in conversations that I've had with people around the country," he told Axelrod. "Even some people who disagreed with me, they would say, 'The vision, the direction that you point towards is the right one.'"

Obama also praised Hillary Clinton, saying she "performed wonderfully under really tough circumstances." At the same time, he called out both her campaign and Democrats in general for missing opportunities to connect with working class voters and show the party's depth of concern for struggling communities.

"Look, the Affordable Care Act benefits a huge number of Trump voters,” Obama added. “There are a lot of folks in places like West Virginia or Kentucky who didn’t vote for Hillary, didn’t vote for me, but are being helped by this.”