(National Sentinel) Presidential Hypocrisy: President Donald J. Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday to launch broadsides at his predecessor, President Obama, who said weeks before election day in 2016 it was next-to-impossible to “rug” U.S. election results.
Trump was responding to continued allegations that his campaign “colluded” with Russia to swipe the election from Hillary Clinton.
During an October 2016 news conference with then-Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Obama lambasted Trump and told him to “stop whining” about election rigging.
“There is no serious person out there who would suggest somehow that you could even rig America’s elections, in part because they’re so decentralized and the numbers of votes involved,” Obama said at the time, according to Politico.
“There’s no evidence that that has happened in the past or that there are instances in which that will happen this time,” he continued. “And so, I‘d advise Mr. Trump to stop whining and go try to make his case to get votes.”
On Tuesday, Trump used Obama’s own words against him as an indication that Democrats have changed their rhetoric since their candidate, Hillary Clinton, lost.
“There is no serious person out there who would suggest somehow that you could even rig America’s elections, there’s no evidence that that has happened in the past or that it will happen this time, and so I’d invite Mr. Trump to stop whining and make his case to get votes.” …..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 20, 2018
“…The President Obama quote just before election. That’s because he thought Crooked Hillary was going to win and he didn’t want to ‘rock the boat.’ When I easily won the Electoral College, the whole game changed and the Russian excuse became the narrative of the Dems,” he added.
Fox News pointed out that “Obama was addressing Trump claims that voter fraud within the U.S. could affect the election, not Russian meddling. But Trump seized on the words Tuesday to put them into the current context of Russian election meddling.”
Trump’s tweets come on the heels of an indictment of 13 Russians by special counsel Robert Mueller on Friday. The indictment alleges that Russian trolls attempted to influence and alter the election to benefit Trump, though late reporting indicated the troll operations sought to sow general discourse and mistrust without benefitting either candidate.
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