While some experts have called a Hillary Clinton presidency inevitable, Barack Obama has warned that he has seen stranger things happen in his 20 years as an elected official than a Donald Trump victory.
"Anything is possible," Obama said in an interview with NBC News. "I think that he [Trump] is somebody who likes attention, may be surprised himself that he got this far." Obama added that he believes the real estate billionaire and former reality TV star is acting like a "strongman" and suggested that if he should win, he would use his power to punish his enemies.
Obama continued to critique Trump's rhetoric, but added that it is nothing new. "What Mr. Trump has done is to make more explicit and branded what really has been going on for a long time. This isn't new stuff," he said. "What we do think [is] that it makes it difficult to run the country — not just for me but for Republican leaders."
Obama also commented on the dangers of a Trump presidency. "That's not how our founders designed our system," he said of what Trump has said of how he would lead. "We're not a government where some strongman orders people around and banishes enemies."
It wasn't all bad, though. Obama said that unlike Trump, Hillary does have a real plan and, if elected, will continue to lead the country in a way that Americans deserve. All we have to do is vote her in. "I think that it is important for us to remember that we live in a democracy. And by definition, then, the way we solve problems is by everybody participating and arguing."
Obama will take the stage on Wednesday night to pledge his support for Clinton at the Democratic National Convention.
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