Daily US Times: On Monday, former President Barack Obama said that his successor in the White House, Donald Trump, violated a “core tenet” of democracy when he made up a “bunch of hooey” about last year’s presidential election and refused to concede he lost.
Speaking at his first virtual fundraiser since the 2020 election, Mr Obama said the former Republican president’s claims undermined the legitimacy of US elections and helped lead to other anti-democratic measures such as efforts to suppress the vote.
The former Democratic president added: “What we saw was my successor, the former president, violate that core tenet that you count the votes and then declare a winner – and fabricate and make up a whole bunch of hooey.”
Experts also considered Trump’s false claims are serious threats to democracy.
Donald Trump has continued to falsely claim that his defeat to Joe Biden was the result of widespread election fraud, which has been rejected by multiple courts, members of his own administration and state election officials.
In a rare bipartisan chime, Obama’s assertion followed an article in the Atlantic on Sunday noting that William Barr- Trump’s former attorney general – expressing himself less politely – said his Republican former boss’s claims were always “bullshit”.
On Sunday, the Republican senator Mitt Romney likened Trump’s claims of a stolen election to television wrestling – entertaining but “not real”.
Barack Obama added: “What’s been called ‘the big lie’ suddenly gains momentum,” which in turn has fueled moves by Republican-controlled legislatures to reduce access to voting and gain more control over voting operations.
Republican governors of Florida, Iowa, Georgia, Arizona, have signed new voting restrictions into law this year, and state legislatures in Pennsylvania and Texas are trying to advance similar measures.