Obama to Trump: ‘Think Beyond Your Own Ego,’ And Concede Disputed Election
News – World: Former US President Barack Obama has said that it is “absolutely” time for President Donald Trump to concede the disputed November 3 presidential election.
Obama said in an interview on Sunday night that his advice to his successor is to “think beyond your own ego” in order to “be remembered as somebody who put country first.”
“A president is a public servant. They are temporary occupants of the office, by design,” Obama said told CBS. “And when your time is up, then it is your job to put the country first and think beyond your own ego, and your own interests, and your own disappointments.”
“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 continued.
A growing number of Republicans have also called on Trump to begin the transition of Biden.
But Trump has refused to concede defeat in the disputed election and legally challenged the results in favor of the former vice president in some key states.
He has claimed that widespread voter fraud has occurred in key battleground states to rob him of his reelection.
The Trump campaign has mounted multiple legal challenges in an effort to reverse the outcome of the election. Attempts in Arizona, Michigan and Pennsylvania have already been either dropped or denied.
Several of the president’s advisers told him on Wednesday that his chances of succeeding in courts were extremely low.
Obama told CBS that “it was time for him to concede probably the day after the election, or at the latest two days after the election.”
“When you look at the numbers objectively, Joe Biden will have won handily,” Obama said. “There is no scenario where those states would turn the other way, certainly not enough to turn the election.”
Obama also recently called it “disappointing” that more Republicans have not denounced Trump’s claims that the election was stolen from him by the US deep state.