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election 2020

Obama says he is 'troubled' by GOP senators enabling Trump and his false election claims

Former President Barack Obama told CBS News' Scott Pelley on Thursday that he believes President Trump is motivated to make baseless claims about voter fraud in part because he "doesn't like to lose and never admits loss."

While he isn't thrilled by what Trump is saying and wants him to concede the election to President-elect Joe Biden, Obama said he is "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."

Trump has said, without providing any evidence, that the election was stolen from him, a claim that was shot down by the government's top cybersecurity and election officials. On Thursday, the officials released a joint statement saying the 2020 presidential election was "the most secure in American history" and they have "the utmost confidence in the security and integrity" of U.S. elections.