BARACK Obama has revealed he is not shocked that President Donald Trump is attempting to overturn Joe Biden’s victory and “did not get pleasure from” congratulating him after the win.
Obama, 59, expressed his dismay at Trump’s refusal to concede defeat within the 2020 presidential election throughout an unique interview with MSNBC on Thursday night time.
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Obama expressed his dismay at Trump’s refusal to concede defeat within the 2020 presidential electionCredit score: MSNBC
President Trump refused to handover the presidency to Joe BidenCredit score: AP:Related Press
Obama was interviewed by MSNBC’s Jonathan Capehart on Thursday night timeCredit score: MSNBC
The sit-down interview occasion was titled A Promised Land: A Dialog with Barack Obama.
As Obama mentioned Trump’s voter fraud claims to MSNBC contributor Jonathan Capehart, he mentioned: “These are simply bald assertions, they’ve been repeatedly rejected by the courts, and I believe I’m, I’m much less shocked by Donald Trump doing this.
“He has proven, you already know, solely a flimsy relationship with the reality.
“I’m extra troubled that you just’re seeing quite a lot of Republican officers associate with it, not as a result of they really imagine it, however as a result of they really feel intimidated by it.”
President Trump has made unsubstantiated claims of fraud, demanded recounts in battleground states, and refused to handover the presidency to Biden.
Regardless of Obama feeling assured that Biden would be the subsequent US president and Kamala Harris would be the subsequent vice chairman, he admitted he was “troubled” with the election upset.
He said: “I’ve been troubled, like I believe each American… needs to be troubled, while you begin having makes an attempt to dam, negate, overturn the individuals’s vote.”
President Trump has made unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud and demanded recounts in battleground statesCredit score: Reuters
Credit score: MSNBC
At one level, the previous president advised Capehart: “I did not get pleasure from having to name Donald Trump and congratulate him for having gained the night time of his election 4 years in the past, however I did it as a result of that is a part of my job.
“And the identical manner that George Bush known as me … That is a part of the continuity of our democracy.”
Obama was referring to Trump refusing to start out a transition for Joe Biden – who has denounced Trump as “one of the most irresponsible presidents in history.”
The presidential race has been repeatedly known as for 78-year-old Biden since Saturday, November 7.
Biden has collected 306 electoral votes, the precise quantity Trump obtained to say victory in opposition to Hillary Clinton in 2016.
Obama additionally took a while to speak about VP-elect Harris – the primary lady, and lady of coloration, in historical past to be elected to such a place within the White Home.
“She is only a actually succesful, sensible, robust and insightful elected official who’s going to place the American individuals first,” Obama explained.
Former President Barack Obama has been selling his new guide ‘A Promised Land’Credit score: Getty Photographs – Getty
Harris is an American legal professional and politician who was actively serving because the junior US Senator for California since 2017.
In Obama’s new memoir, he has admitted that his own “blind spot” allowed female White House staffers to be sidelined by male colleagues
Because the former-president was interviewed by host Scott Pelley he revealed his ideas on Trump’s repeated voter fraud claims.
Obama mentioned: “It’s yet one more step in delegitimizing not simply the incoming Biden administration, however democracy usually. And that’s a harmful path.”
He additionally dubbed Trump as somebody who doesn’t “prefer to lose and can by no means admit it.
In a separate interview completed this week, Obama compared “complaining” Donald Trump to “Richie Rich” from the Macaulay Culkin film in one other stinging assault.
Obama likened President Trump to the fictional character Richie, the world’s richest boy and the son of a billionaire, as he promoted his new guide “A Promised Land” on Monday.