Former President Barack Obama slammed U.S. voters for electing Donald Trump as president, according to a book written by Obama’s longtime adviser Ben Rhodes.
Rhodes writes in “The World as It Is” about how devastated Obama was after Trump won the 2016 presidential election and mentioned how Obama slammed U.S. voters after hearing the news that Trump would be the next president.
“Maybe this is what people want. I’ve got the economy set up well for him. No facts. No consequences. They can just have a cartoon,” Obama said. “We’re about to find out just how resilient our institutions are, at home and around the world.”
Obama could not comprehend Trump’s victory and questioned himself and his work as president not long after the election in a motorcade in Lima, Peru, according to Rhodes.
“What if we were wrong?” Obama asked aides riding in the motorcade with him, according to Rhodes’s book. “Maybe we pushed too far,” Obama continued. “Maybe people just want to fall back into their tribe.”
Although Obama’s aides tried to assure him he would have won the election against Trump, he reportedly was not convinced. “Sometimes I wonder whether I was 10 or 20 years too early,” he reportedly told his aides. (RELATED: Book: Trump’s Win Made Obama Wonder If He’d Pushed America Too Far)
The book also stated Obama called Trump a “cartoon” figure and compared himself to a character from “The Godfather” movie after handing over the office to Trump, reportedly saying “I feel like Michael Corleone. I almost got out.”
Rhodes’s book is set to release on June 5 and will detail his experience working closely with Obama throughout his presidency.
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