Donald Trump’s campaign manager said on Wednesday that former President Bill Clinton was Trump’s “best surrogate” after Clinton made comments that many perceived to be critical of Obamacare.
“In terms of health care, I think it’s a huge issue that’s been left on the table in these debates. We’ve got now, President Bill Clinton is our best surrogate, we’re thinking of having him in the spin room with us in St. Louis,” Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s campaign manager, said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
During a speech in Flint, Michigan, earlier this week, Clinton called Obamacare “the craziest thing in the world.” He noted that while the system worked well for Americans on Medicaid and Medicare, small businesspeople made too much to benefit from Obamacare subsidies.
Trump’s campaign immediately seized on the comments, saying Clinton was criticizing President Barack Obama’s signature domestic policy achievement, which Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton wants to build on.
But Trump mischaracterized the 42nd president’s assessment of Obamacare. Bill Clinton’s assessment of the American health care system mirrors the description that both Obama and Hillary Clinton have offered. Bill Clinton has also called for building on the Affordable Care Act and closing the gap for those who can’t get affordable health insurance. Trump has proposed repealing Obamacare.
In fairness to Conway, however, Trump’s actual campaign surrogates have been particularly awful at doing their jobs.
Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.