Obama says Trump ‘exceeded his worst fears’ and says Biden's biggest challenge is ‘bursting the MAGA bubble'

BARACK Obama revealed on Tuesday night that President Donald Trump has "exceeded his worst fears" and said Joe Biden's biggest challenge is "bursting the MAGA bubble."

The 59-year-old former president slammed Trump's time in office and his coronavirus response during an interview on the Late Show.


In response to president's take on Covid, Obama told Stephen Colbert: "The shambolic nature of the government response obviously has been frustrating."

Referring to when he was in office, Obama added: “If we had done the work, which was not rocket science, we’re not talking about inventing vaccines — and I’m glad to see the vaccine is now coming on board.

"But, preliminarily communicating effectively, respecting the science, not undermining the leading epidemiologist in the country and saying he’s an idiot, being consistent in terms of masks and social distancing."

As Colbert recounted the "chilling moment" as he watched Obama congratulate Trump after winning the 2016 election, he asked the former president if he felt "similar."

Obama admitted that he also had concerns – which, seconds later, he said were "exceeded."


The interview comes as Obama has been troubled over Trump's refusal to concede defeat in the 2020 presidential election.

President Trump has made unsubstantiated claims of fraud and demanded recounts in battleground states in hopes for an election turnaround.

Obama insisted that it would have been "common sense" to have taken those steps – which he said would have saved some lives and helped the economy.

The 44th president of the United States, who served in office from 2009 to 2017, denounced Trump's actions as president, saying: "You couldn’t make up some of the stuff that you’re seeing."

He was responding to Colbert's question on whether he thought Republicans should have pretended to care more about the coronavirus.

Obama added: "And it is to the detriment of the country, but it also runs contrary to what would have been smart politics if the Republicans wanted to maintain the White House.

“And that in some ways is more troubling because now it’s no longer even strategic. You’re drinking your own Kool-Aid in a way that I think is troublesome.

"And one of the big challenges that Joe Biden is going to have is to figure out how to puncture that information bubble that, not just Republican officials, but a sizable portion of voters are in right now.”

Last week, Obama said he wasn't shocked that President Trump is trying to overturn Biden's victory.

The former president also said he "didn't enjoy" congratulating Trump after his 2016 win.

As Obama discussed Trump's voter fraud claims to MSNBC contributor Jonathan Capehart, he said: "These are just bald assertions, they have been repeatedly rejected by the courts, and I think I’m, I’m less surprised by Donald Trump doing this.

"He has shown, you know, only a flimsy relationship with the truth.

"I’m more troubled that you’re seeing a lot of Republican officials go along with it, not because they actually believe it, but because they feel intimidated by it."

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