Stop whin­ing, Obama scolds sulk­ing Trump

The Myanmar Times - - World -

PRES­I­DENT Barack Obama slapped down Don­ald Trump’s claim that the 2016 pres­i­den­tial race is rigged, telling the Repub­li­can nom­i­nee to “stop whin­ing” and get on with it.

In lan­guage usu­ally used to scold a moody teenager, Mr Obama dis­carded diplo­matic deco­rum and skew­ered the prop­erty mogul from the Rose Gar­den in front of vis­it­ing Ital­ian Prime Min­is­ter Mat­teo Renzi.

Mr Trump has ramped up con­spir­a­cies about Amer­ica’s elec­tion sys­tem as his poll num­bers have plum­meted in the wake of sex­ual as­sault al­le­ga­tions against him.

He trails his ri­val Hil­lary Clin­ton by around seven points na­tion­wide.

The White House is in­creas­ingly con­cerned that Mr Trump and his sup­port­ers will not recog­nise the out­come of the elec­tion, plung­ing the coun­try into a po­lit­i­cal cri­sis.

Ac­cord­ing to a poll by Politico and Morn­ing Con­sult, 41 per­cent of Amer­i­can vot­ers, in­clud­ing 73pc of Repub­li­cans, now be­lieve the elec­tion could ac­tu­ally be stolen from Mr Trump.

“I have never seen in my life­time or in mod­ern his­tory any pres­i­den­tial can­di­date try­ing to dis­credit the elec­tions and the elec­tion process be­fore votes have even taken place. It’s un­prece­dented,” Mr Obama said.

“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.

Ad­dress­ing Mr Trump’s al­le­ga­tions of “large-scale voter fraud”, Mr Obama said, “There’s no ev­i­dence that that has hap­pened in the past, or that there are in­stances in which that will hap­pen this time.”

Cam­paign­ing in Colorado on Oc­to­ber 18, a slightly sub­dued Mr Trump in­di­cated his scorched-earth tac­tics would con­tinue.

“We’ve only just be­gun to fight, be­lieve me,” he said. “This is our fi­nal shot, folks. In four years it’s over. You’re never go­ing to be able to win. It’s tilt­ing. It’s go­ing to be a one-party sys­tem. This is your fi­nal shot.”

Mr Trump dou­bled down on his vote-rig­ging claims, say­ing that “nonci­t­i­zens” might de­cide the elec­tion and “voter fraud is all too com­mon” in cities like Philadel­phia, Chicago and St. Louis – which have large AfricanAmer­i­can pop­u­la­tions.

Ex­perts have de­nounced Mr Trump’s ac­cu­sa­tions of voter fraud as “non­sense”. –

Photo: AFP

US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama (right) and Ital­ian Prime Min­is­ter Mat­teo Renzi at­tend a state din­ner at the White House in Wash­ing­ton on Oc­to­ber 18.

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