Obama tells Trump to ‘stop whining’
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.”