Former United States President Barack Obama has criticised incumbent President Donald Trump of undermining American democracy by claiming that the 2020 elections were marred by election fraud.
Trump’s predecessor, Obama, who served in the White House between 2009 and 2017 spoke out against Trump and the senior Republican officials who are publicly backing the President’s baseless claims about the elections, with media outlets calling the race between Trump and Joe Biden in the Democratic candidate’s favour last weekend. He said the claims were motivated by the fact that “the president doesn’t like to lose”.
“I’m more troubled by the fact that other Republican officials, who clearly know better, are going along with this,” he said in a CBS News interview, as reported by BBC. “It’s one more step in delegitimising not just the incoming Biden administration, but democracy generally, and that’s a dangerous path.”
Trump has claimed that ballots were tampered with and is launching legal challenges to dispute the election results. None of his lawsuits have made any significant progress due to a lack of evidence to back up Trump’s claims.
With final tallies still being calculated, amidst recounts and other measures being taken to secure the integrity of the elections, President-elect Biden is leading President Trump by 5.2 million votes (roughly 3.4%) and is projected to have a comfortable lead in electoral college votes (where he leads Trump with 290 votes to 217), requiring Trump to overturn the results in at least two of battleground states where he’s mounting legal challenges.
The committee of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (Cisa) also weighed in on the controversy over the integrity of the elections, saying that any claims of election fraud are unfounded.
“While we know there are many unfounded claims and opportunities for misinformation about the process of our elections, we can assure you we have the utmost confidence in the security and integrity of our elections, and you should too,” Cisa said in a statement. “When you have questions, turn to elections officials as trusted voices as they administer elections.”