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Barack Obama said he’s not surprised at Trump’s refusal to commit to a peaceful transition, according to News Week.
“Peaceful transfer of power between parties is part of what makes democracy work. We didn’t delay for weeks on end pretending that it hadn’t happened.”
“I arranged for all of my agencies and teams to prepare manuals for the transition. “One of those manuals was a playbook on how to deal with the possibility of a pandemic. It seems that they didn’t follow those guidelines that we provided.”
“I am sad to say that by the end of Donald Trump’s presidency, I was not surprised that he is acting the way he is acting.”
“There is no doubt that some significant damage has been done both here in the United States and around the world.
“If you encourage, or at least are forgiving of, racist behavior, then those who have those impulses feel emboldened. If you embrace dictators on the world stage, then the commitment to democracy diminishes.”
“By the time I left office, America was in a strong place, and to see some of that progress dissipated unnecessarily, is… Yeah, there’s no doubt there’s a sense of frustration there sometimes.”
“There are alternative facts and an alternative reality that we’re seeing even now, when Donald Trump declares that ‘I haven’t lost the election yet,’ or ‘There’s been fraud and illegal votes cast,’ even though there’s no proof of it.”
“I did not expect Donald Trump to be elected. What I did expect, though, was that if he was elected, it’d be one term. I was right about that.”