Stop whining, Obama scolds sulking Trump
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”. –
US President Barack Obama (right) and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi attend a state dinner at the White House in Washington on October 18.