While his two-terms in office were coming to an end, former President Barack Obama was still placing himself in the middle of the presidential election in 2016.
At the height of the election, then-candidate Donald Trump warned Americans of the voter fraud troubles happening at the voting booths.
Instead of addressing the concerns of election meddling by outside sources, Obama told Trump that he needed to “stop whining” because his claims were “unprecedented” and false.
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Speaking at a press conference at the White House in October of 2016, Obama said, “I’d invite Mr. Trump to stop whining and go try to make his case to get votes.”
“I have never seen, in my lifetime or in modern political history, any presidential candidate trying to discredit the elections and the election process before votes have even taken place. It’s unprecedented. It happens to be based on no facts,” he added.
At the time of Obama’s speech, Trump had noted that the liberal media was rigging the election towards former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The Washington Times reported that Trump was “pointing to a report by the Center for Public Integrity that said 96 percent of journalists who donated to a political campaign in this election cycle gave money to Mrs. Clinton.”
While Obama was trying to downplay Trump’s claim, he did note that there was no “significant” voter fraud in the U.S.
“Every expert, regardless of political party, regardless of ideology, conservative or liberal, who has ever examined these issues in a serious way, will tell you that instances of significant voter fraud are not to be found,” Obama said.
He added, “There is no evidence that that has happened in the past or that there are instances in which that will happen this time.”
Except there is actually plenty of evidence.
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According to The Washington Times, “The Heritage Foundation’s voter fraud database has documented more than 400 cases of proven voter fraud throughout the U.S., from examples of vote-buying, ineligible voting, false registrations and fraudulent use of absentee ballots.”
Between 2008 and 2011, there were over 100 convictions of various voter fraud offenses.
But according to Obama, voter fraud and illegal election meddling was virtually nonexistent?
Obama claimed he was so trusting in the election system that he would walk Trump to the Capitol for his swearing in if he won the presidential election.
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Even with voter fraud, election rigging, and foreign meddling, Trump still managed to win — and Democrats are still angry to this day.
–Kylie Handler is a news editor for The Horn News