Former president Barack Obama advised President Donald Trump, for the sake of his own legacy, to concede the election to Democrat Joe Biden in an interview with CBS News’ “60 Minutes.”
When your time is up, “it is your job to put the country first and think beyond your own ego, and your own interests,” Obama said. “My advice to President Trump is, if you want at this late stage in the game to be remembered as somebody who put country first, it’s time for you to do the same thing.”
Obama insisted that “When you look at the numbers objectively … there is no scenario in which any of those states would turn the other way, and certainly not enough to reverse the outcome of the election.”
Obama said “I’m more troubled by the fact that other Republican officials who clearly know better are going along with this, are humoring [Trump] in this fashion. It is one more step in delegitimizing not just the incoming Biden administration, but democracy generally.”
The former presidet lamented “that there has been this sense over the last several years that literally anything goes and is justified in order to get power … There are strong men and dictators around the world who think that, ‘I can do anything to stay in power. I can kill people. I can throw them in jail. I can run phony elections. I can suppress journalists.’ But that’s not who we’re supposed to be. “
Fox News pointed out, however that court documents released in 2013 showed that the Obama administration secretly monitored Fox’s James Rosen, despite never being charged with a crime.
The Obama administration also evoked the Espionage Act to prosecute more people under the law for leaking sensitive information than all previous administrations combined.
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