It’s safe to say that Obama had won the presidency in 2008 largely due to a discontent Americans were feeling over the then current administration.
After eight years of a Republican president it seemed that the country was worse off than it had ever been. We are fighting two worse, threat of terrorism was still high, and the economy was in shambles.
Obama won by promising change and a better future. Many American, including working class families in Middle America, clung to Obama hoping he could turn around their fortunes.
It’s been eight years and it seems we are still facing the same problems. In fact, some could say the economy and threat of terrorism, among other problems, are much worse. So it comes as no surprise that many of those who once believed in Barack Obama are now backing Donald Trump.
Even Obama admits this.
President Barack Obama admitted that some of the people who had voted for him voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election, rather than his chosen successor Hillary Clinton.
“We know that there are a substantial number of voters out there who not only voted for me twice, but currently support me, who also voted for Donald Trump,” he acknowledged in an interview with National Public Radio.
Obama also acknowledged that Trump had “scrambled” the political map, creating structural problems for the Democrats.
He admitted that some of his administration’s decisions on social issues like gun control and transgender bathrooms might have angered voters in swing states.
While Obama is willing to admit to that obvious reality, he claims the real reason democrats lost big this year was due to their lacking of “basic infrastructure to organize swing states.” This means he believes, had Clinton’s campaign done better to reach people in Middle America, she would have won handily. As it if was only a structural problem.
This ignores the many revelations of the corruption of the DNC and Hillary’s camp via two huge email leaks. This ignores the fact that democrats’ political priorities do not align with many Americans’. This ignores the generally unfavorable view Americans had towards Hillary and her people. And this ignores the discontent Americans feel toward Obama.
But yeah, it was all just a structural problem.