President Barack Obama denounced Donald Trump’s warnings that the general election may be rigged against him and suggested the Republican nominee “stop whining” and instead focus on making “his case to get votes.”
“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 at a press conference from the Rose Garden. “It’s unprecedented. It happens to be based on no facts.”
The president’s sharp criticism follows repeated claims by Trump that the election on November 8 may have already been stolen from him. The real estate magnate has consistently floated theories about media coordination with the Clinton campaign and widespread voter fraud, while Clinton’s lead has widened and new controversies hit his presidential campaign.
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Trump’s remarks have suggested that he may be planning to contest the results if Hillary Clinton wins. His running mate, however, has promised the Republican ticket will “absolutely” accept the outcome of the election.