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Fox News' Charles Krauthammer: Donald Trump is the 2016 version of Barack Obama — and just as dangerous

"Both of them are brilliant marketers, Obama and Trump market themselves"


Scott Eric Kaufman
May 3, 2016 6:04PM (UTC)

On The O'Reilly Factor Monday evening, Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer informed host Bill O'Reilly that despite their ideological differences, Donald Trump and President Barack Obama have more in common than not.

"Obama understood in 2008 that the country was looking for change," he said. "The country was war-weary, there was a financial crisis, and they wanted a smart guy who was stable and very cool emotionally."

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Obama knew "what gets you the presidency," and how to be "the right man for the moment, [how to] sort of get what’s in the air."

Krauthammer continued to sing the pair's praises, adding that the president "had the right personality, he had the moment, and he played it right."

"Donald Trump also understood the moment, which was the anti-establishment furor and fear," he explained. "He played it to the hilt and he denigrated all the other candidates."

In the end, though, Krauthammer's assessment of them wasn't entirely positive, as he concluded by noting that "both of them are brilliant marketers, Obama and Trump market themselves."

Watch the entire interview below via Fox News.


Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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