‘Stop whin­ing,’ Obama tells Trump, chid­ing for fraud talk

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - WEATHER -

“Stop whin­ing,” Pres­i­dent Barack Obama re­buked Don­ald Trump on Tues­day, speak­ing out as sel­dom be­fore on next month’s elec­tion and chid­ing the Repub­li­can for sow­ing sus­pi­cion about the in­tegrity of Amer­ica’s pres­i­den­tial vote.

Obama also ac­cused Trump of cozy­ing up to Rus­sia’s Vladimir Putin to a de­gree “un­prece­dented in Amer­i­can pol­i­tics.”

The pres­i­dent said Trump’s in­ten­si­fy­ing pre-emp­tive warn­ings about voter fraud are un­heard of in modern pol­i­tics. The rhetoric is not based on any ev­i­dence, Obama said, but is sim­ply aimed at dis­cred­it­ing the out­come be­fore the first votes are counted.

“You start whin­ing be­fore the game is even over?” Obama said at a Rose Gar­den news con­fer­ence. “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.”

Cam­paign­ing in Colorado, the GOP can­di­date re­peated his as­ser­tions about “cor­rupt” elec­tions but did not re­spond di­rectly to the pres­i­dent.

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