Obama Says Trump Has A Chance
Six months ago, President Barack Obama told Matt Lauer he could only imagine Donald Trump delivering a State of the Union address if it was presented via a Saturday Night Live skit.
Now, CNBC is reporting a change in the president’s tune.
“It is the nature of democracy that until those votes are cast and the American people have their say, we don’t know,” Obama said in interview with TODAY host Savannah Guthrie.
In the previous interview, which occurred on the eve on his final State of the Union address, Obama disregarded the message of Trump’s campaign and expressed he expected as much from Americans.
“I’m pretty confident that the overwhelming majority of Americans are looking for this kind of politics that does feed our hopes and not our fears. You know, talk to me if he wins,” Obama stated at the time.
When asked if he’s worried about Trump’s candidacy, he answered, “I’ve seen all kinds of crazy stuff happen.”
Based on personal observations, Obama says he is frightened by the possibility of the Republican presidential nominee having access to nuclear codes.
“What I think is scary is a president who doesn’t know their stuff and doesn’t seem to have an interest in learning what they don’t know,” Obama asserted.
“So, my advice to Democrats — and I don’t have to give this advice to Hillary Clinton, because she already knows it — is you stay worried until all those votes are cast and counted because you know, one of the dangers in an election like this is that people don’t take the challenge seriously,” Obama said. “They stay home. And we end up getting the unexpected.”
Obama will speak at the Democratic National Convention Wednesday night.