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Obama asks Trump to stop whining

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

US President today slammed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump for making false allegations about rigging of the elections and asked the real estate tycoon to stop whining and make his case to get votes.

"There is no evidence that that (rigging) has happened in the past or that there are instances in which that will happen this time. And so I'd invite Mr Trump to stop whining and go try to make his case to get votes," Obama told reporters at a conference.

Democracy, by definition, he asserted works by consent, not by force.

"I have never seen, in my lifetime or in modern political history, any presidential candidate trying to discredit the elections and the process before votes have even taken place," Obama said, adding that this is unprecedented.

"It happens to be based on no facts; every expert, regardless of political party, regardless of ideology, conservative or liberal, who has ever examined these issues in a serious way, will tell you that instances of significant voter fraud are not to be found," he said.

"Keep in mind, elections are run by state and local officials, which means that there are places like Florida, for example, where you've got a Republican governor, whose Republican appointees are going to running and monitoring a whole bunch of these sites," he said.

The notion that somehow if Trump loses Florida, it's because of those people that you have to watch out for, that is both irresponsible, doesn't really show the kind of leadership and toughness that one want out of a president.

"If you start whining before the game's 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 because there are a lot of times when things don't go our way or my way," Obama said.

"That's OK, you fight through it, you work through it, you try to accomplish your goals. But the larger point I want to emphasize here is that there is no serious person out there who would suggest somehow that you could even rig America's elections, in part, because they are so decentralized and the numbers of votes involved," said the US President.

Obama said if Trump got the most votes in the November general elections, it would be his expectation of Hillary Clinton to offer a gracious concession speech and pledge to work with him in order to make sure that the American people benefit from an effective government.

"It would be my job to welcome Mr Trump, regardless of what he's said about me or my differences with him on my opinions, and escort him over to the Capitol, in which there would be a peaceful transfer of power," Obama said.

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First Published: Tue, October 18 2016. 23:13 IST