FORMER President Barack Obama says Donald Trump “never admits loss” and has accused Republicans of “humoring” his rigged election claims.
Former President Barack Obama said Donald Trump ‘never admits loss’ in a new 60 Minutes interviewCredit: CBS
Obama and Trump are seen here at the 45th president’s inauguration in January 2017Credit: Getty Images – Getty
“They appear to be motivated, in part, because the president doesn’t like to lose, and never admits loss,” Obama said.
“I’m more troubled by the fact that other Republican officials who clearly know better are going along with this, are humoring him in this fashion.”
The 44th president said: “It is one more step in delegitimizing, not just the incoming Biden administration, but democracy generally.”
“And that’s a dangerous path.”
Obama’s 60 Minutes interview will air this Sunday Credit: CBS
Obama’s comments, released in a preview on Thursday, come as the president continues to claim that Biden and Democrats stole the election from him.
Separately on Thursday, a coalition of federal and state cybersecurity experts said there is no evidence that votes were compromised in last week’s election.
“The November 3rd election was the most secure in American history. Right now, across the country, election officials are reviewing and double checking the entire election process prior to finalizing the result,” the statement from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency read.
Biden has been declared the president-elect, and as of Thursday evening, had over five million votes more than Trump in the popular vote from Americans.
Trump has lost the 2020 election to Obama’s former vice president, Joe BidenCredit: Getty Images – Getty
The Obamas and Trumps are seen here as Obama handed over the White House reigns to Trump four years agoCredit: Getty Images – Getty
“While we know there are many unfounded claims and opportunities for misinformation about the process of our elections, we can assure you we have the utmost confidence in the security and integrity of our elections, and you should too,” the statement said.
Most recently, Trump claimed on Twitter was Dominion, a company which operates voting machines, “DELETED 2.7 MILLION TRUMP VOTES NATIONWIDE.”
He’s launched a number of legal challenges – although many of his lawsuits have already been shut down by judges.
The president’s re-election campaign and its allies have pointed out that issues that take place in every election are evidence of widespread fraudulent votes.
Trump supporters in The Villages are seen here last weekend, when the race was called for Biden Credit: The Mega Agency
They’ve claimed that problems with signatures, secrecy envelopes, and postmarks on mail-in ballots prove that there is “voter fraud.”
While votes are still being counted across the US more than a week past Election Day, Biden is leading by wide margins in key battleground states.
None of the issues that the Trump campaign has cited would change the outcome of the 2020 election.
Obama was a surrogate for Biden, who served as his vice president during his eight years in the White House, on the campaign trail.
Trump has claimed that he actually won the election, and that Biden and Democrats have stolen it from him Credit: AFP – Getty
He’s set to release a memoir on Tuesday entitled, A Promised Land.
In the book, Obama claimed his historic election in 2008 led to a wave of bitterness, contributing to what he described as Republican obstructionism that changed the GOP.
Trump has not conceded to Biden yetCredit: Alamy Live News
“It was as if my very presence in the White House had triggered a deep-seated panic, a sense that the natural order had been disrupted.
“Which is exactly what Donald Trump understood when he started peddling assertions that I had not been born in the United States and was thus an illegitimate president.
“For millions of Americans spooked by a black man in the White House, he promised an elixir for their racial anxiety.”
Obama also wrote about his experience with Biden, who he said suggested he wait before approving the Navy Seal mission to kill terrorist Osama bin Laden in May 2011.
Biden had been worried that US intelligence wasn’t strong enough to kill the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks, but immediately stood by Obama when the decision was made.
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