Trump's refusal to accept defeat is dangerous to democracy_ Obama

Former President Barack Obama criticized President Donald Trump for refusing to acknowledge the 2020 US Presidential election results. Obama warned that Trump’s refusal to recognize the results would be a dangerous path and delegitimizing the democracy of this country. Speaking in an interview with Scott Pelley of CBS News, Obama said - “It’s one more step in delegitimizing not just the incoming Biden administration but also the democracy in general.” Even though Biden was declared as the President-elect by multiple media outlets, Trump is yet to invite his successor to the White House, a usual tradition by the outgoing President.

Not only the media outlets but most of the foreign dignitaries have already congratulated the former vice president for his victory. Additionally, Biden’s team has begun the transition efforts to assume power at the White House. Instead of congratulating, Trump went to the Supreme Court, claiming voter fraud in multiple states of the country. Trump’s supporters also continued to challenge the election results in court, insisting on significant voter fraud. However, the election officials from both parties have already publicly attested that there was no mass misconduct. The President and most of his allies in the Senate, House, and his White House administration staff have wholly refused to accept the defeat and acknowledge the winner. The head of the General Services Administration, Emily Murphy, is yet to recognize Biden as the president-election, which prevents Biden and his team from formally going forward with his transition as per the law.

In his interview, Obama continued - “Trump appears to be motivated in part because the President doesn’t like to lose. I’m more worried and troubled by the fact that Republican officials that clearly know better are going along with him.” Cindy McCain, the widow of Senator John McCain who ran against Barack Obama in 2008, also agreed with Obama’s sentiment. She said, “my husband would be very troubled by Trump’s refusal to accept the defeat.” John McCain was a Republican. She further added - “It’s dangerous for these events to occur. It’s time that the President gets on the right side of history and make sure that our incoming President has all the things he needs to begin with his feet on the ground,” in an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Thursday.

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