Obama: Trump is ‘Delegitimizing’ Democracy
Former president says Trump is on a 'dangerous path'
Former President Barack Obama has accused President Donald Trump of "delegitimizing" democracy and the "win" for Democrat nominee Joe Biden, whose victory is still only projected by the media.
During an interview, set to air on “60 Minutes” and “CBS Sunday Morning," the former president denounced Trump's widespread election fraud claims.
Obama said the president's claims of voter fraud are “one more step in delegitimizing, not just the incoming Biden administration, but democracy generally, and that’s a dangerous path.”
Obama said Trump's claims are motivated by the fact he doesn't like to lose.
The former president said:
Trump's claims “appear to be motivated, in part, because the president doesn’t like to lose, and never admits loss."
"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," Obama added.
"It is one more step in delegitimizing, not just the incoming Biden administration, but democracy generally, and that’s a dangerous path.”
Barack Obama tells Scott Pelley Republicans who “go along with” the President’s claims of election fraud put democracy on “a dangerous path.”— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) November 12, 2020
The former president appears in his first interview about his new book “A Promised Land,” Sunday on 60 Minutes. https://t.co/S7MEAx3F8j pic.twitter.com/CRx6XkT0Na
Obama's remarks come after Federal Election Commission (FEC) Chairman Trey Trainor declared the election results are "illegitimate."
Following investigations into the election ballot count in Pennsylvania, Trainor went on record with the announcement.
Based on the info gathered from PA and elsewhere in the country, the FEC chair said this presidential election is illegitimate.
Trainor, the highest-ranking election official in the United States, confirmed that, in his professional opinion, "there has not been transparency in the election."
"Despite winning a court order which allows the Trump campaign to send observers to watch ballot counting in Pennsylvania from six feet away ballot watchers ‘have not been allowed into the polling locations in a meaningful way.’”
"When observers have been permitted to watch, the goalpost has been moved away,” Trainor points out.
Too close to call?
In September, Biden was asked if he would “pledge not to declare victory until the election is independently certified” by Fox News' Chris Wallace during the first presidential debate.
The former vice president's answer was "yes."