Obama tells Trump to concede: ‘Think beyond your own ego’

Former United States (US) President Barack Obama has laid into his successor, Donald Trump, calling on him to do what the world has been waiting for – concede the election.

In an interview with CBS, Obama said Trump needed to do right by the country and commit to a peaceful transition of power.

“A president is a public servant. They are temporary occupants of the office, by design. 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.

Obama said Trump should have conceded the election as soon after Joe Biden was bagged the 273 Electoral College votes, upon winning the state of Pennsylvania.

“When you look at the numbers objectively, Joe Biden will have won handily. There is no scenario in which any of those states would turn the other way, and certainly not enough to reverse the outcome of the election,” he said.

Obama: Trump’s rejection of election results leads to ‘a dangerous path’

In a move that has shocked the world, Trump has refused to acknowledge Biden’s victory at the polls, accusing Democrats of stealing the vote. As if that wasn’t enough, his refusal to concede means Biden and his team have to rely on donations as they prepare to take over the oval office – as Trump hasn’t released millions in federal funding, as he should.

Obama said he was concerned by the fact that Republicans who know better, have chosen to entertain Trump and his claims of electoral rigging.

“It is one more step in delegitimising not just the incoming Biden administration, but democracy generally. And that’s a dangerous path. We would never accept that out of our own kids behaving that way if they lost, right?,” he said.

Obama said America was still a divided nation, as evidenced by Trump receiving 71 million votes in the election.

“This democracy doesn’t work if we don’t have an informed citizenry. This democracy doesn’t work if we don’t have responsible elected officials at other levels who are willing to call the president when he’s not doing something right, call him on it,” he said.