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President Barack Obama suggested fellow Democrat Hillary Clinton was partly to blame for her stunning loss to Republican Donald Trump in the presidential election. The president noted that Clinton should have focused on reaching out to white, non-urban voters like he did in both 2008 and 2012.
According to Politico, the president substantially outperformed Clinton in most suburbs, as well as the key swing areas in the Midwest.
A third of the nearly 700 counties that twice elected Obama for the White House flipped in 2016 and voted for Trump. The Republican president-elect also won 194 of the 207 counties that voted for Obama either in 2008 or 2012.
"Things change pretty rapidly, but they don't change inevitably," Obama said. "They change because you work for it. Nobody said democracy's supposed to be easy. It's hard. And in a big country like this, it probably should be hard."
According to ABC News, the president spoke to Democratic National Committee members and encouraged them not to despair following the election. "You're allowed to mope for a week and a half maybe two," he said during a conference call. "But after that we've got to brush ourselves off and get to work."
Obama urged Democrats to take on a 50-state strategy. "You know, I won Iowa not because the demographics dictated that I would win Iowa. It was because I spent 87 days going to every small town and fair and fish fry and VFW hall, and there were some counties where I might have lost, but maybe I lost by 20 points instead of 50 points," Obama said.
You're allowed to mope for a week and a half maybe two," he said during a conference call. "But after that we've got to brush ourselves off and get to work."
originally posted by: goou111
a reply to: Martin75
He outperformed her in those areas because people believed him and liked him, hell I liked him ,
But people woke up.
Fool me once shame on you fool me twice shame on me.
originally posted by: FauxMulder
InB4 people start with the "but she won the popular vote"
I think she felt like she deserved it. Trump was doing 2, 3, and sometimes 4 events every day. She barley even tried, thinking the media would get the job done for her.