President Barack Obama had some choice words for Donald Trump after the billionaire screamed about possible cheating in the upcoming November election.
The GOP presidential bet has been telling anybody who cares to listen that the Democrats, led by Obama and Hillary Clinton, are working hard to rig the elections.
During a press conference at the White House Rose Garden, Barack Obama had a message for Donald Trump: “You start whining before the game’s even over?”
— Financial Times (@FT) October 19, 2016
The POTUS insisted that there is not a single fact that could lend credence to the outspoken presidential candidate’s accusations. He said that any allegation of rigging of the US election will not be taken seriously even by a conspiracy nut.
“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,” the President told reporters.
Barack Obama also declared that what Donald Trump is exhibiting is not the character that Americans want for their president. Under a “pressure cooker” of a presidency, the billionaire may want to blame somebody else if things go from bad to worse. He said that whining is one sure indicator that the GOP bet doesn’t have “what it takes to be in this job.”
During his many political rallies, Donald Trump has alleged that the names of people who have long been deceased will end up in the voter’s list in the November election. Also, he enjoined his supporters not just to go out and vote, but also to be vigilant about possible voter fraud as well.
Of course there is large scale voter fraud happening on and before election day. Why do Republican leaders deny what is going on? So naive!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 17, 2016
He also warned that Donald Trump’s accusations are so dangerous on so many levels, not least of which is how it’s a threat to democracy.
“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,” he said.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, whom Donald Trump defeated in the primaries, insisted that the billionaire is wrong about the election being rigged to favor Hillary Clinton.
“We have 67 counties in this state, each of which conducts their own elections. I promise you there is not a 67-county conspiracy to rig this election,” Rubio said, adding that his rival should “stop saying that.”
Marco Rubio pushes back against the notion of a rigged election https://t.co/ldAZJuhDnA
— John Hendel (@JohnHendel) October 18, 2016
Meanwhile, ABC News contacted about 50 states with one question. Is Donald Trump correct about Barack Obama and the Democrats rigging the elections?
Kim Wyman, Washington Secretary of State, replied that she spent more than two decades working around elections, and she described her fellow Republican’s remarks as “irresponsible” since it “undermines” the process and erodes the confidence of the public in the political exercise.
— Democracy Internat’l (@DemocracyIntl) September 22, 2016
“Texas has 254 counties using a variety of voting methods,” Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos said. “The decentralized system in addition to layers of checks would make changing the outcome of a statewide election essentially impossible.”
In Lousiana, for instance, out of the more than 3.95 million combined votes in 2008 and 2012, the state recorded less than five cases of electoral fraud. The same goes for Oregon, which only prosecuted one electoral fraud case out of the 1.8 million ballots cast for the same period.
Donald Trump has yet to respond to the latest jab from President Barack Obama about whining.
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