Former President Barack Obama informed MSNBC in an interview Thursday that it has been troubling to observe Republicans defend President Donald Trump’s baseless voter fraud claims.
“These are simply bald assertions, they’ve been repeatedly rejected by the courts, and I feel I’m, I’m much less stunned by Donald Trump doing this, he has proven, , solely a flimsy relationship with the reality,” Obama informed MSNBC contributor Jonathan Capehart throughout a sit-down interview. “I’m extra troubled that you just’re seeing plenty of Republican officers go together with it, not as a result of they really consider it, however as a result of they really feel intimidated by it.”
Obama sat down to debate his not too long ago launched 768-page best-selling memoir “A Promised Land,” which covers his first time period in workplace. In previous years, Obama had been reluctant to brazenly criticize Trump and different Republicans. However his biting criticism of the president and his get together comes a couple of weeks after an election Trump refuses to concede to Obama’s former vice-president, President-elect Joe Biden.
Former President Barack Obama sits down with Jonathan Capehart to debate his new ebook, “A Promised Land,” and present occasions. Watch the unique interview tonight at 10 p.m. ET on MSNBC.
“Joe Biden goes to be the following president of the USA. Kamala Harris goes to be the following vp,” Obama stated. “I’ve been troubled, like each American, whether or not you’re a Republican or a Democrat or impartial needs to be troubled, once you begin having makes an attempt to dam, negate, overturn the individuals’s vote when there’s no precise proof that there was something unlawful or fraudulent going down.”
Obama additionally excoriated conservative-leaning information retailers for giving a platform to the claims.
“And the diploma to which you’ve seen some information retailers that cater to the fitting and the conservative viewpoint, someway attempt to prop up these, , bogus claims,” he stated.
Few Republican lawmakers have publicly acknowledged that Biden would be the subsequent president – vacillating between loyalty to a president who nonetheless enjoys robust assist among the many GOP base and their oath to guard the guardrails of democracy, that are being examined in the midst of an financial and public well being disaster. Quite a few Republicans have promoted the president’s baseless claims of voter fraud in a number of states and promoted his authorized group’s meritless lawsuits in courtroom, a lot of which have failed.
Some present and former Trump officers have privately reached out to Biden’s transition group, however the Trump administration continues to be delaying the formal, orderly transition of energy — a transfer some Republicans have raised issues about whereas additionally supporting the president’s shedding authorized battle.