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Obama tells Trump: Stop ‘whining’ and trying to discredit the election

MARK LANDLER
New York Times News Service

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said Tuesday that Donald Trump should “stop whining and go try to make his case to get votes.”

Speaking at a Rose Garden news conference with Matteo Renzi, the Italian prime minister, Obama also called it “unprecedented” for any presidential candidate to “discredit the elections” before any votes were even cast, as Trump has done repeatedly in recent days.

“One of the great things about America’s democracy is we have a vigorous, sometimes bitter political contest, and when it’s done, historically, regardless of party, the person who loses the election congratulates the winner, reaffirms our democracy, and we move forward,” Obama said.

President Barack Obama welcomes Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi during an arrival ceremony for his official visit, ahead of a state dinner, on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Oct. 18, 2016. During the news conference, Obama said that Donald Trump should “stop whining and go try to make his case to get votes.” (Al Drago/The New York Times)

Speaking of the tradition of a peaceful transfer of power after presidential elections, Obama said, “That’s how democracy survives.”

“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. “It’s unprecedented. It happens to be based on no facts.”