Obama warns Biden at a private lunch that Trump is a bigger problem than they expected

Earlier this summer, former President Barack Obama reportedly warned current President Joe Biden that former President Donald Trump will likely pose a far tougher challenge in the 2020 presidential race than expected.

Speaking with Biden at a private White House lunch held in late June, Obama specifically “voiced concern about Donald Trump’s political strengths … underlining his worry that Trump could be a more formidable candidate than many Democrats realize,” according to The Washington Post.

The political strengths that worried him included “an intensely loyal following, a Trump-friendly conservative media ecosystem and a polarized country.”

Keep in mind that the current president likewise has a Democrat-friendly liberal media ecosystem benefitting him.

Despite his concerns, Obama promised to do everything in his power to assist the president in his reelection bid, according to the Post’s sources.

All this comes as Trump and Biden continue to remain virtually tied in general election polls, with the current president only ahead of Trump by a paltry 0.9 points, according to averages maintained by RealClearPolitics.

(Source: RealClearPolitics)

All this also comes amid an uptick in fearmongering pieces from the media warning that Trump could pull off another 2016 and win the 2024 race, even in the face of so much opposition and also his legal dilemmas.

“Trump is not only in a historically strong position for a nonincumbent to win the Republican nomination, but he is in a better position to win the general election than at any point during the 2020 cycle and almost at any point during the 2016 cycle,” one piece published by CNN reads.

“[D]espite most Americans agreeing that Trump’s two indictments thus far were warranted, he remains competitive in a potential rematch with President Joe Biden. A poll out last week from Marquette University Law School had Biden and Trump tied percentage-wise (with a statistically insignificant few more respondents choosing Trump),” the piece adds.

The piece continues by also pointing to three recent ABC News/Washington Post surveys in which “Trump has come out ahead – albeit within the margin of error – every time.”

“To put that in perspective, Trump never led in a single national poll that met CNN’s standards for publication for the entirety of the 2020 campaign. Biden was up by high single digits in the late summer of 2019. Biden is up by maybe a point in the average of all 2024 polls today,” CNN notes.

“Surveys in the late summer of 2015 told the same story: Clinton was up by double digits over Trump in late July and up by mid-to-high single digits by the end of August 2015,” according to CNN.

The left-wing, Biden-friendly network also points to a late June Quinnipiac University poll from Pennsylvania, a key swing state that Trump lost in 2024, that shows the former president now beating Biden by one point. CNN describes this specific poll as “one giant warning sign.”

This reporting from CNN was not well met by its readers, many of whom cried foul and/or mocked the network for even entertaining a possible Trump victory:

Leftist voters were in equal disbelief when pundits warned years ago that Trump could potentially win the 2016 presidential election. They remained in disbelief even just mere days out from the election and in spite of Obama’s warning at the time that they were underestimating him.

“President Barack Obama went into the final stretch of the 2016 campaign warning that Donald Trump is within range of winning, urging voters — particularly black voters, whose turnout is lagging — to see the Republican nominee as running an un-American, inhumane, racist campaign that must be stopped,” Politico reported on Nov. 4th, 2016.

Yet they didn’t listen, and Trump wound up winning. Will they listen this time around? Maybe, maybe not, but it certainly doesn’t seem they are at the moment …


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