In an interview with “Rolling Stone” magazine a day after Trump’s victory, President Obama sat down with Rolling Stone‘s Jann Wenner, and gave a rather outlandish reason for why Donald Trump was able to secure a victory over his Democratic opponent.
When Wenner asked Obama if he still thinks America is a “progressive country” he explained why white working class voters cast their ballots for him in the last two elections, but not for Hillary in this one:
In this election, [white working class voters] turned out in huge numbers for Trump. And I think that part of it has to do with our inability, our failure, to reach those voters effectively. Part of it is Fox News in every bar and restaurant in big chunks of the country, but part of it is also Democrats not working at a grassroots level, being in there, showing up, making arguments. That part of the critique of the Democratic Party is accurate. We spend a lot of time focused on international policy and national policy and less time being on the ground. And when we’re on the ground, we do well.
Obama then went on the interview and continued to blame the media for Trump’s victory:
The challenge is people are getting a hundred different visions of the world from a hundred different outlets or a thousand different outlets, and that is ramping up divisions. It’s making people exaggerate or say what’s most controversial or peddling in the most vicious of insults or lies, because that attracts eyeballs.
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