Donald Trump Monday had a Twitter meltdown over President Barack Obama’s assertion he’s “confident” he would have won in a battle against the president-elect.
Speaking with longtime aide David Axelrod, Obama praised Hillary Clinton who he said "performed wonderfully under really tough circumstances,” but argued the Obama coalition would have come out for him were he a candidate in 2016.
"I am confident in this vision because I'm confident that if I—if I had run again and articulated it, I think I could've mobilized a majority of the American people to rally behind it," Obama told Axelrod in an interview on his former adviser’s podcast The Axe Files.
Seemingly amused by Obama’s suggestion, Trump took to his favorite medium—Twitter—to insist “NO WAY” the president could have beat him.
President Obama said that he thinks he would have won against me. He should say that but I say NO WAY! - jobs leaving, ISIS, OCare, etc.— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1482788188.0
Serendipitously, Trump’s former rival Clinton sent a tweet at the exact same time, encourage her supports to “be thankful for [their] blessings” and entire the new year with a renewed “sense of hope and determination.”
The holidays are a time to be thankful for our blessings. Let's rejoice in this season & look forward with renewed hope & determination. -H— Hillary Clinton (@Hillary Clinton)1482788254.0
Several Twitter users noticed the two statements—each reminiscent of the 2016 campaign—could not be more diametrically opposed:
a fun game for someone who’s been in a coma for the past year would be to show them these two tweets and ask who th… https://t.co/ONd8rU7byP— Ashley Feinberg (@Ashley Feinberg)1482788332.0
Sore winner, gracious loser. https://t.co/IE3vXYzIcR— Dick Polman (@Dick Polman)1482789561.0
2016 will never end https://t.co/SodUywxNHK— Betsy Klein (@Betsy Klein)1482788319.0
Others suggested Obama’s statement may have gotten under Trump’s skin for obvious reasons:
Obama HuffPost Pollster average favorability—54.8% Trump HuffPost Pollster average favorability—43.8% https://t.co/Jw6Xyn4wIn— Kyle Griffin (@Kyle Griffin)1482788824.0
"You're saying it's rent free?" Obama said, knocking on the inside of Trump's skull. "Yeah, I'll take a 4 year leas… https://t.co/YKKb2AmudL— John Rogers (@John Rogers)1482793359.0
Dude, how insecure are you https://t.co/iUFHmUni4T— Marlow Stern (@Marlow Stern)1482791693.0
And—as Twitter users are wont to do—some simply took the opportunity to throw shade at the president-elect:
It's really the "etc." that I find damning. https://t.co/mJqwFpn8ew— Matt Fuller (@Matt Fuller)1482788263.0
Trump's got hold of both egg nog and his phone. Watch out.— Clara Jeffery (@Clara Jeffery)1482792169.0