In another of a negative campaign for Trump, United States President Barack Obama opined that Trump’s ‘whining’ doesn’t really “show the kind of leadership and toughness that you want out of a president if you start whining before the game’s even over.”
He was speaking at the press conference with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in White House Rose Garden on Tuesday. He believed that US Presidential Candidate Donald Trump’s claims of a rigged election are potentially corrosive to American democracy, insisting that he was griping about an invented conspiracy.
He insisted that Trump’s claim is “not based on facts.”
According to the media reports, Trump and his surrogates have increasingly claimed the US election is “rigged.” This comes after two horrid debate performances, which led to a drop in his poll numbers nationally and in key swing states. He has continuously urged his supporters to monitor polling sites for potentially ineligible voters attempting to cast ballots.
Obama’s nationalistic feelings spoke on Tuesday when he claimed that “there’s no serious person out there who would suggest somehow that you could even rig America’s elections.” He believes such warnings could abrade faith in the US political system.
“One way of weakening America and making it less great is if you start betraying those basic American traditions that have been bipartisan and have helped to hold together this Democracy now for well over two centuries,” Obama said.
Also, Republican governors have brushed off this rhetoric, saying there are no signs of corruption in their states’ voting systems. However, Reuters reported that the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law cited voter fraud incident rates between 0.00004 percent and 0.0009 percent in its report titled “The Truth About Voter Fraud.”
President Obama derided Trump’s remarks as reflective of an unpresidential attitude, saying “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.”
“I have never seen in my lifetime or in modern political history any presidential candidate trying to discredit the elections and the election process before votes have even taken place. It’s unprecedented,” Obama said.
According to a report on CNN, Trump has at varied times embraced the label of “whiner”, claiming he is “the most fabulous whiner.”
However, President Obama appears to be most irked with Trump’s close aid with Russian President Vladimir Putin, expressing his will to meet him before taking charge in office.
He called Trump’s flattery for Putin as “out of step” with US norms, saying that “You’ll have to explain to me how it is that some of the same leaders in the Republican Party who were constantly haranguing us for even talking to the Russians and who consistently took the most hawkish approaches to Russia, including Mr. Trump’s selection for vice president, now reconcile their endorsement of Mr. Trump with their previous views.”
However, President Obama didn’t skip the chance to advice Trump to “stop whining and go try to make his case to get votes.”
Also, he concluded saying that, “And if he got the most votes, then it would be my expectation of Hillary Clinton to offer a gracious concession speech and pledge to work with him in order to make sure that the American people benefit from an effective government, and it would be my job to welcome Mr. Trump, regardless of what he said about me, or my differences with him on my opinions, and escort him over to the Capitol, in which there would about peaceful transfer of power.”
“That’s what Americans do,” Obama said.