Obama held a Rose Garden press conference on Tuesday while hosting Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. In his speech the President addressed Donald Trump’s claim of a rigged election with some sharp rebuttals. He did not pull any punches, and laid out clearly that he does not agree with what Trump has been saying recently.
See President Barack Obama’s speech below:
Democrats and Republicans disagree with Trump
Trump has been claiming that the election is rigged against him, which has caused many politicians across the political spectrum to disagree with him. Republicans such as Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Ohio's Secretary of State Jon Husted have voiced their concern with Trump’s questioning of the political process. Now the criticism comes from the Democratic side, with Obama deconstructing Trump’s claim in a press conference.
Trust in system key
Obama talked about how a peaceful transition of power is an important part of American democracy. Whether you are a Democrat or a Republican, this exchange of leadership is crucial to the running of the country.
One of the great things about America’s democracy is we have a vigorous, sometimes bitter political contest, and when it’s done, historically, regardless of party, the person who loses the election congratulates the winner, reaffirms our democracy and we move forward. - Barack Obama
Nearly impossible to rig election
Obama continued on, talking about how the elections were administered at state and local levels, which would make large scale election rigging nearly impossible. He also touched on how he would expect, if Clinton lost, her to make a concession speech and accept the results of the election.
Trump has recently increased his claims that the election is indeed rigged as he starts to trail in the polls. Addressing this Obama noted that making excuses for a loss in the election before it is even over demonstrates a lack of character and leadership.
Doesn’t really show the kind of leadership and toughness that you’d want out of a president -- if you start whining before the game’s even over. - Barack Obama
Blunt words from Obama
Although Obama and Trump certainly do not like each other, the President did make it clear that if Trump won he would shake his hand and proceed in a professional manner as expected. He did offer some rather scathing advise to Trump though, if he wanted to have a chance at winning. Obama summarized his ideas bluntly urging Trump to focus on winning the election as opposed to trying to discredit it.
I’d invite Mr. Trump to stop whining and make his case to voters. - Barack Obama