On Tuesday afternoon in Washington, D.C., President Barack Obama spoke at the White House Rose Garden alongside Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.
During his news conference, President Obama criticized Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump over recent comments he had made about the 2016 presidential election possibly being rigged.
“You start whining before the game’s even over?” Obama said.
The president maintained that Trump’s assertions were not “based on fact.”
Obama further suggested that Trump ought to “stop whining and go try to make his case to get votes.”
“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.”
In recent weeks it has become evident that should he lose, even by a great margin, Trump will most likely not go quietly in defeat.
At a rally this week in Wisconsin, Mr.Trump claimed that there are mass cases of voter fraud around the country, and that the upcoming election could be rigged.
“They even want to try to rig the election at the polling place,” Trump said.
“So many cities are corrupt, and voter fraud is very, very common.”
Tuesday’s comments were the latest in a long line of criticisms about Trump from President Obama. In August, the two-term president said that Trump was “unfit to be president.”