Obama: ‘Worrying’ that Republicans ‘Actually Believe’ Trump Won 2020 Election
Former president says 'we should all be worried'
Former President Barack Obama said it is worrisome that the majority of Republicans “actually believed” Donald Trump won the 2020 presidential election.
During a video played on CNN’s “Early Start with Christine Romans and Laura Jarrett," Obama was interview by moderator Lonnie Bunch, former secretary of the Smithsonian, for The American Library Association Annual Conference’s closing session.
“To see not only a riot in the Capitol around what historically had been a routine process of certifying an election."
"But to know that one of our two major political parties, a strong majority of people in this party, actually believed in a falsehood about those election results, the degree to which misinformation is now disseminated at warp speed in coordinated ways that we haven’t seen before, and that the guardrails I thought were in place around many of our democratic institutions really depend on the two parties agreeing to those ground rules and that one of them right now doesn’t seem as committed to them as in previous generations, that worries me.”
“And I think we should all be worried.”
Earlier this week, Obama claimed Donald Trump violated a core tenet of democracy by not accepting the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.
“In this election, what we saw was my successor, the former president, violate that core tenet that you count the votes and then declare a winner and fabricate and make up a whole bunch of hooey,” Obama said of Trump.
“So that as bad as January 6 was if we had to repeat in future elections in which, let’s say, the Republican-controlled Pennsylvania legislature decided we’re not going to certify all those votes coming out of Philadelphia because we think that those urban votes are shady."
"Imagine what would have happened."
"We would have had a worse constitutional crisis than we did.”
Last month, Trump said he never conceded in the 2020 election.
“No, I never admitted defeat,” Trump said.
"I never used the word concede; I have not conceded,” he stated.