Obama tells Trump to ‘stop whin­ing’

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WASH­ING­TON: US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama is­sued a scathing re­buke yes­ter­day to Don­ald Trump on the eve of the fi­nal elec­tion de­bate, blast­ing him for “whin­ing” about “rigged” elec­tions and warn­ing that such ac­cu­sa­tions are ir­re­spon­si­ble. Trump and Demo­cratic ri­val Hil­lary Clin­ton are set for their fi­nal pres­i­den­tial de­bate to­day, with three weeks to go be­fore Amer­i­cans head to the polls on Nov 8. It is seen as a last chance for the Repub­li­can nom­i­nee, dogged by ac­cu­sa­tions of sex­ual mis­con­duct and sink­ing poll num­bers, to make his mark on mil­lions of vot­ers.

With the provoca­tive bil­lion­aire’s campaign reel­ing, Trump is likely to en­gage in more scorched-earth tac­tics if re­cent his­tory is any guide. But with Trump press­ing the dan­ger­ous con­spir­acy the­ory that the US elec­tion is “rigged”, Obama aban­doned diplo­matic deco­rum and skew­ered the mogul from the Rose Gar­den in front of vis­it­ing Ital­ian Prime Min­is­ter Mat­teo Renzi.

“I have never seen in my life­time, or in mod­ern po­lit­i­cal his­tory, any pres­i­den­tial can­di­date try­ing to dis­credit the elec­tions and the elec­tion process be­fore votes have even taken place. It’s un­prece­dented,” Obama told a joint press con­fer­ence. “That is both ir­re­spon­si­ble - and, by the way, it doesn’t re­ally show the kind of lead­er­ship and tough­ness that you’d want out of a pres­i­dent. You start whin­ing be­fore the game’s even over? If, when­ever things are go­ing badly for you and you lose, you start blam­ing some­body else? Then you don’t have what it takes to be in this job,” he added. “I’d ad­vise Mr Trump to stop whin­ing, and go try to make his case to get votes.”

Trump has sought to fire up his sup­port­ers, who have grown more ag­gres­sive by the day to­wards his Demo­cratic op­po­nent, as they and Trump fume over Clin­ton’s swirling email scan­dal, and ar­gue that the elec­tion is rigged in her fa­vor. “Peo­ple that have died 10 years ago are still vot­ing, il­le­gal im­mi­grants are vot­ing,” Trump claimed at a rowdy rally Mon­day in Green Bay, Wis­con­sin. “Voter fraud is very, very com­mon.”

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