Former President Barack Obama said he was “more concerned” about GOP officials other than President Donald Trump when it came to baseless allegations of voter fraud.
“I’m more concerned about the fact that other Republican officials, who clearly know better, are going along with this and keeping him happy,” Obama said in an interview with CBS News’ 60 Minutes. “It is another step toward delegitimizing not only the new Biden administration, but democracy in general. And that’s a dangerous road to go down.”
Despite the fact that Joe Biden has been named president elect by several news organizations, Trump has refused to give in to the election and has instead filed a series of lawsuits alleging widespread voter fraud in key states on the battlefield.
The President was supported in his messages by members of his administration, Republican congressmen and party officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, Senator Lindsey Graham and RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel.
Both Republican senators, who traveled to Georgia for the January runoff elections, supported Trump’s allegations of election fraud and called on the Georgian Foreign Minister to resign over such allegations.
Obama said Trump’s unsubstantiated allegations “seem to be motivated in part by the fact that the president does not like to lose and never admits a loss.
The 60-minute interview will be broadcast in its entirety on Sunday.
Although Republican legislators have not publicly stated that Biden won the White House, a number of GOP senators broke with the president on Thursday, saying Biden should have access to secret briefings as he prepares for a change of power.
On the list of legislators are Senators Chuck Grassley, John Thune, John Cornyn, Lindsey Graham, Rob Portman, Ron Johnson and James Lankford.
Lankford was the first to say that Biden should start getting the intelligence information.
“There’s nothing wrong with Vice President Biden receiving the briefings to prepare himself so he can be ready,” Lankford said Wednesday on local radio station KRMG. “If that doesn’t happen by Friday, I will also intervene and urge him to say, “This has to happen so that regardless of the outcome of the election, whatever it is, people can be ready for this real task.
The split from the president has signaled that the Republicans may be able to cope with a loss of trump cards. However, GOP officials have continued to support Trump’s legal challenges to the election results.
The Trump administration has also refrained from committing itself to a transfer of power. Trump did not invite Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris to a meeting at the White House to prepare for a transition, a step that Obama approached Trump four years ago.
Washington Newsday turned to the Republican National Committee for comments, but did not hear a response before publication.