President Donald Trump is trying to energize his racist base by claiming that he’s running against former President Barack Obama in this year’s election while insisting that he beat him in 2016.

Just a day after Obama delivered a stirring eulogy that drew standing ovations at Rep. John Lewis’ funeral, Trump declared that he won against Obama in 2016 even though Obama was not on the ticket.

In fact, Hillary Clinton was the Democratic nominee and Trump did not even really win against her if one goes by the raw vote totals since he lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes.

Obama won in 2008 and 2012 by wide margins and would have beaten Trump in 2016 had he been able to run for a third term. After all, he had more support from young voters and voters of color than Clinton, and won in battleground states that Clinton lost. An Obama versus Trump contest would have been humiliating for Trump.

But, again, the former president was constitutionally limited to two terms so he could not run again. He did campaign for Clinton, but Trump did not run against Obama.

That’s not stopping him from insisting that he beat Obama in 2016, however.

And Trump would go on to insist that he’s running against Obama this year as well.

Again, Obama is not on the ballot. Biden is.

Clearly, Trump is trying to energize his racist supporters. And that will likely backfire because Obama is a whole lot more popular than Trump. If Americans equate Biden with Obama, it’s a no-brainer for them to choose Biden when they cast their votes.

The Internet mocked Trump for pretending that he beat Barack Obama.

Trump’s going to have to do a whole lot better to convince Americans to vote for him, because if his new strategy is to claim that he’s running against Barack Obama, Americans are going to bury Trump.

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