The recent clash between Donald Trump and President Obama on who would have won a “head to head” match-up between the two was the topic of conversation on a CNN panel that pitted conservative commentator Ben Ferguson against two liberal opponents.
New York Times deputy culture editor Patrick Healy started the conversation by explaining the current president’s state of mind in a very “personal” campaign: “He likes to get under people’s skin not necessarily with frontal attacks, but just sort of like nudge them psychologically.”
“He wanted to campaign hard for her and especially against Donald Trump,” Healy continued, because Obama essentially wanted to win a “third term” as president by portraying Trump negatively and thus cementing a Hillary win.
To some extent, of course, it did get under Trump’s skin because “it drives Trump crazy when people imply he’s a loser.”
Ferguson defended Trump’s response by saying, “Well I think this is an appropriate time for him to respond and to set the record straight on this, when you have this sitting President basically saying I would have taken you out back and whooped up on you if I was up against you head to head. So I don’t have a problem with it.”
The conservative commentator also noted that if Trump were doing traditional press conferences and a reporter had asked him the exact same question and received the same response, “we would have accepted that.” With Twitter, Trump has simply “cut out the middle man.”
In response to former Obama White House Senior Director Nayyera Haq’s comments about Trump’s “thin-skin” and trash talking, Ferguson said, “First of all, let’s not act like it’s thinned skinned when you have the highest level of trash talking you can possibly have in politics, a sitting president and a president-elect.”
And, according to Ferguson, “it’s not only going one way.”
When Haq said Trump could just “ignore it and move on,” Ferguson responded with: “It’s a double standard when you don’t hold Obama to the same standard.”
Healy actually gave Trump credit for the pretty tame tweet, because during the campaign Trump actually would have hit back “ten times as hard.”
Instead, to his credit, the president-elect simply countered the current president and moved on.
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