WASHINGTON (CBSNewYork/AP) — President Barack Obama had strong words for the Republican presidential nominee on Tuesday.
CBS2’s Dick Brennan reports Obama responded to Donald Trump’s assertions that the elections are rigged, telling him to “stop whining.”
“He started whining before the game’s even over,” Obama said during a news conference Tuesday with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi at the White House. “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.”
The president said there is simply no evidence of widespread fraud, and it says a lot about Trump that he’s complaining even before the election takes place.
Trump, though, continued his attack.
“They even want to rig the elections at the polling booth, where so many cities are corrupt and voter fraud is all too common,” Trump said.
Trump is claiming that if he doesn’t win the presidential election, “history will remember 2017 as the year America lost its independence.”
Trump unleashed a series of tweets Tuesday suggesting that he will “#DrainTheSwamp” of corrupt Washington.
“If we let Crooked run the govt, history will remember 2017 as the year America lost its independence,” he said in one tweet.
Trump said he will propose a new ethics package for Washington, including new limits on lobbying for government officials and members of Congress and a ban on registered foreign lobbyists from raising money in American elections. He also proposed term limits for members of Congress.
“Decades of failure in Washington and decades of special interest must and will come to an end,” Trump said.
Trump has repeatedly called for Americans to reclaim their independence and has linked his candidacy to the “Brexit” vote in which the United Kingdom chose to leave the European Union.
His remarks also come as he doubles down on his unsubstantiated claims that the election will be “rigged.”
“Remember, we are competing in a rigged election,” he said at a rally in Wisconsin Monday night. “This is a rigged election folks.”
He called voter fraud “very, very common” and said “people that have died 10 years ago are still voting, illegal immigrants are voting.”
But Trump’s claims of corruption and election fraud are being refuted by many GOP election officials.
“The idea of building a national campaign where you’re suggesting that the elections process itself is rigged is an irresponsible comment,” said Jon Husted, Ohio’s Secretary of State .
Experts say fraud at the polls is actually extremely rare. One Washington Post study found that out of one billion votes cast between 2000 and 2014, there were 31 incidents of voter fraud.
WikiLeaks has released another batch of emails from Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta. In one exchange, Podesta emailed Clinton the initial list of potential vice presidential candidates broken into what he called “food groups.” Those groups were separated by the candidate’s race, gender and profession.
This comes as a CBS News national poll has Clinton leading Trump 47 to 38 percent in a four-way race.
In the meantime, politics spilled onto the stage in Tampa, Florida, when comedian Amy Schumer started trashing Trump. Many in the audience started booing and she told them, if you don’t like it, leave.
“OK, so everybody point to the people booing. OK, so go, right,” Schumer told the audience.
Two hundred fans reportedly left. Schumer said she wants to thank the 8,400 people who stayed.
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