Bloomberg Politics managing editor Mark Halperin said Tuesday Donald Trump is “one of the two most talented presidential candidates any of us have covered.”
As a panelist on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Tuesday, Halperin said that Barack Obama was a “strong third,” behind Bill Clinton.
Halperin argued that Trump is “one of the two most talented presidential candidates any of us have covered. He just is.”
When asked who the other candidate was, Halperin said, “Bill Clinton.”
A shocked Eugene Robinson replied, “And not Barack Obama? The black guy from Chicago with the name Barack Hussein Obama, who got elected twice?”
Halperin suggested that Obama was a “strong third.”
“Look at what Donald Trump does every day to defy — it just is, in terms of pure political skill,” he argued.
Host Mika Brzezinski interjected, “You’re going to get — don’t even open your computer. Turn it upside down right now. You can’t say that. You’re going to be attacked.”
Defending his argument, Halperin said Obama had “David Axelrod and David Plouffe and a squadron of people around him who knew what they were doing.”
Fellow co-host Joe Scarborough added, “Those guys micro-targeted, they were in the back rooms. Donald Trump has Donald Trump, Corey Lewandowski, Hope Hicks and a couple other guys.”
Halperin followed up, arguing that you cannot “overstate how much this is just him.”
Scarborough added, “There is no press operation, because there is no operation. … I got to say, it makes it one of the most remarkable political achievements of our lifetime, what he has done, by himself. It also makes it one of the most dangerous things that we’ve seen in our political lifetime, that somebody could get elected president with absolutely nobody around him because even when you have these giant hulking infrastructures, the transition from being a candidate to being a president is absolute chaos.”