BARACK Obama lectured Donald Trump as he told him to “think beyond his ego and finally concede to Joe Biden.”
The former president’s comments came in an interview with CBS’ 60 Minutes, which on Sunday.
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When asked by Scott Pelley what advice he has for Trump, Obama told him he should “absolutely” concede.
“Well, a president is a public servant. They are temporary occupants of the office, by design,” Obama said.
“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,” he said.
News outlets have projected Biden, Obama’s former Vice President, as the winner of the election with 306 electoral college votes compared to Trump’s 232.
Trump on Sunday finally admitted in a tweet that Joe Biden won – but said he refuses to concede.
Pelley asked Obama if he thinks it’s time for Trump to concede, to which Obama “absolutely” agreed.
“Well, I mean, I think it was time for him to concede probably– the day after the election– or at the latest, two days after the election,” Obama said.
“When you look at the numbers objectively, Joe Biden will have won handily.”
He later slammed Trump and other Republicans over false claims of election fraud.
“The president doesn’t like to lose and– never admits loss,” Obama said.
“I’m more troubled by the fact that other Republican officials who clearly know better are going along with this, are humoring him in this fashion.
“It is one more step in delegitimizing not just the incoming Biden administration, but democracy generally. And that’s a dangerous path,” Obama added.
He said if people would not accept such behavior from their own children, including his own daughters – “we’d scold ’em.”
“I think that there has been this sense over the last several years that literally anything goes and is justified in order to get power,” Obama told CBS.
“And that’s not unique to the United States. 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.”
He then added that Biden should send the message of: “No, those values that we preached, and we believed in, and subscribed in– we still believe.”
Obama’s interview comes ahead of the release of his memoir, A Promised Land.
His book is set to cover his early life and first term in office – including instructions that he was given to read as there was intelligence that there was a terror attack planned at the event that drew 2million.
As Obama’s interview aired, Trump and his team continue to fight the results of the election.
He and his campaign have launched legal battles in key battleground states that he lost, and demanded recounts.
Many of the lawsuits have been immediately tossed out.
In the wide-ranging interview, Obama also discussed the killing of George Floyd, the Covid-19 pandemic and how he handled the H1N1 outbreak during his own presidency, and former First Lady Michelle’s reaction to his wanting to run for presidency.