Addressing Donald Trump’s claims that the 2016 election is “rigged,” President Barack Obama had some harsh words for the GOP nominee – “Stop whining.”
After the recent revelations regarding Trump’s predatory nature when it comes to women, his campaign has entered into a tailspin. The turnaround has prompted Trump to lay the groundwork for his latest conspiracy theory, claiming that if he loses, it’s because the election is rigged.
This Tuesday afternoon during a Rose Garden press conference with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Obama warned that such talk threatens to undermine American democracy and the peaceful transfer of power.
“I have never seen in my lifetime, or in modern political history, any presidential candidate trying to discredit the elections and the elections process before votes have even taken place,” Obama said. “It’s unprecedented. It happens to be based on no facts.”
Obama noted that many battleground states are run by Republican governors who are backing Trump.
“The notion that somehow if Mr. Trump loses Florida it’s because of ‘those people’ that you have to watch out for is both irresponsible, and by the way, doesn’t really show the kind of leadership and toughness that you’d want out of a president,” Obama said, referring to language that many see as a dig at minority voters.
According to Obama, someone who invents excuses when they’re losing isn’t ready for the challenges of the White House.
“You start whining before the game’s even over, if whenever things are going badly for you and you lose you start blaming somebody else, then you don’t have what it takes to be in this job,” he said.
“But the larger point that I want to emphasize here is that there is no serious person out there who would suggest somehow [that you could even rig] America’s elections, in part because they’re so decentralized, and the numbers of votes involved,” Obama continued. “There’s no evidence that that has happened in the past, or that there are instances in which that will happen this time.”
“And so, I’d advise Mr. Trump to stop whining and go try and make his case to get votes.”
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Video: Obama tells Trump to “stop whining” about baseless claims of a rigged election https://t.co/2McEz6Ita6
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) October 18, 2016