A new book by former President Barack Obama adviser Ben Rhodes entitled “The World as It Is” depicts a shocking revelation for many liberals and Hillary Clinton supporters. It turns out that Obama used an almost identical tactic to beat Clinton in the 2008 primary election as President Donald Trump used to beat her in the 2016 general.
While Clinton has listed dozens of reasons ranging from Vladimir Putin to misogyny to James Comey as possible reasons for her general election loss in 2016, there seems to be one that caused her defeat in 2008 that stayed with her eight years later: the image of elitism.
“I couldn’t shake the feeling that I should have seen it coming,” Rhodes writes in his book referring to Trump’s victory over Clinton in 2016. “Because when you distilled it, stripped out the racism and misogyny, we’d run against Hillary eight years ago with the same message Trump had used: She’s part of a corrupt establishment that can’t be trusted to bring change.”
Indeed, this is exactly what Trump’s platform argued. It comes as no surprise that the tactic that raised Obama over Clinton eight years before Trump turned to politics would be her kryptonite once more.
The image that comes to mind most prominently from the 2016 campaign trail is Clinton struggling to get through the New York subway, in an attempt to live among the average New Yorker. That didn’t turn out so well.
Of course, Ben Rhodes’ epiphany is nothing new for Trump voters. Just like Clinton was out of touch from the life of an average New Yorker, Ben Rhodes was out of touch for only now realizing the similarity between Obama’s tactics in 2008 and Trump’s in 2016.