In this rollercoaster of an election, citizens of the United States have heard no shortage of complaints on the GOP nominee's end. From ugly comments about Hillary Clinton's backside to attacks on the media, President Barack Obama, and the Democratic party as a whole, Trump seems to be really, really good at one thing: running his mouth unnecessarily. And Obama’s sick of it, the New York Times reports.
Presenting at a Rose Garden news conference with Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi, Obama referenced Trump’s recent (totally false) “rigged election” claims.
“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,” he said. “It’s unprecedented. It happens to be based on no facts.”
Obama also alluded to the American tradition of putting on a good face when the big race finishes, and, as president, riding out the rough patches.
“There are a lot of times when things don’t go our way," he said. "Or my way. That’s OK. You fight through it, you work through it, you try to accomplish your goals.”
Nonetheless, Trump has a strong history of acting like a petulant child when life doesn’t go according to plans, and it’s easy to predict how he might react should he lose the election.
Obama has clear-cut advice for the Republican grumbler, stating he should “stop whining and go try to make his case to get votes,” further suggesting that whining “doesn’t really show the kind of leadership and toughness you want in a president.”
“You start whining before the game is even over? If whenever things are going badly for you, and you lose, you start blaming somebody else?" he said. "Then you don’t have what it takes to be in this job.”
In a humorous twist, Trump himself has admitted to incessant whining, calling himself "the most fabulous whiner" to CNN in 2015.
Trump’s faltering poll numbers, however, indicate Obama’s counseling, though well-meaning, may be a lost cause after all.
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