Obama Drops The Mic: Trump ‘Doesn’t Have What It Takes To Be In This Job.”
President Barack Obama on Tuesday denounced Donald Trump’s claims that the general election may be rigged against him and suggested the Republican nominee “doesn’t have what it takes to be in this job.”
“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,” Obama said during a joint press appearance with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi at the Rose Garden. “It’s unprecedented. It happens to be based on no facts.”
“It doesn’t really show the kind of leadership and toughness you want in a president,” Obama said. “You start whining before the game is 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.”
Trump has been making these arguments more loudly and more frequently in the last few weeks, as his prospects for winning the election have dimmed.
“I’d advise Mr. Trump to stop whining and go try to make his case to get votes,” Obama added.
Obama went on to say that if Trump were to succeed, and win in November, he would do his best to ensure a smooth transfer of power, just as he expected Clinton would do.
“That’s what Americans do, that’s why America is already great,” Obama said, ironically appropriating Trump’s “Make America Great” slogan. “One way of weakening America and making it less great is if you start betraying those basic traditions that have been bipartisan and have helped to hold together this democracy now for well over two centuries.”
Watch Obama’s press conference in the video below:
Several political leaders, including some prominent Republicans, have condemned his claims because they lack basis in fact and because they undermine faith in American democracy.