BARACK Obama has compared Donald Trump to a dictator and thinks he would do anything to stay in power.
Obama’s shocking comments came during an interview with 60 Minutes, in where host Scott Pelley asks the former-president about his thoughts on Trump’s repeated voter fraud claims.
“It is one more step in delegitimizing not just the incoming Biden administration, but democracy generally. And that’s a dangerous path,” Obama said while adding that President Trump is some who doesn’t “like to lose and will never admit it.”
“There’s been this sense over the last several years that literally anything goes and is justified in order to get power.
“And that’s not unique to the United States. There are strong men and dictators around the world who think that, ‘I can do anything to stay in power. I can kill people. I can throw them in jail. I can run phony election. I can suppress journalist,’” he said.
“But that’s not who we’re supposed to be. And one of the signals I think that Joe Biden needs to send to the world is that, ‘No, those values that we preached, and we believed in, and subscribed in – we still believe.”
Obama’s comparison was just a one of several shots the former-president took at Trump during the interview.
The former-president also lectured Trump as he told him to “think beyond his ego and finally concede to Joe Biden.”
Obama stated that Trump should’ve concede to Biden the day after the election and said “a president is a public servant.”
“A president is a public servant. They are temporary occupants of office, by design. And when your time I sup 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,” Obama added.
News outlets around the United States have project Biden, Obama’s former vice president, as the winner of the presidential election with 306 Electoral College votes compared to Trump’s 232.
On Sunday, Trump finally admitted in a tweet that Joe Biden won – however, he back tracked on those claims and refused to concede.
Trump first tweeted, “He won because the Election was Rigged.
“NO VOTE WATCHERS OR OBSERVERS allowed, vote tabulated by a Radical Left privately owned company, Dominion, with a bad reputation & bum equipment that couldn’t even qualify for Texas (which I won by a lot!), the Fake & Silent Media, & more!” he wrote.
However, moments later Trump followed up that tweet and said “I concede NOTHING!”
“He only won in the eyes of the FAKE NEWS MEDIA. I conceded NOTHING! We have a long way to go. This was a RIGGED ELECTION!”
During an interview with Gayle King on CBS Sunday Morning, Obama again slammed Trump for being "destructive and harmful" after mocking his comparison to Abraham Lincoln.
During the interview King commented: “Donald Trump often raises eyebrows when he says he’s done more for Black America and people of color than Abraham Lincoln.”
Obama, laughing, replied: “Yes, yes it does raise eyebrows, you are correct.”
What do you think when you hear that?” King then asked. “Do you take that as an insult to you or the work that you’ve done?”
Obama admitted that he didn’t take many things Trump said “personally or seriously”.
He said: “I think it’s fair to say that there are many things he says that I do not take personally or seriously, although I think they can often be destructive and harmful."
Obama's interview's comes ahead of the release of his memoir, A Promised Land.
His book is set to cover his early life and first term in office – including instructions that he was given to read as there was intelligence that there was a terror attack planned at the event that drew two million.
As Obama's interview aired, Trump and his team continue to fight the results of the election.
He and his campaign have launched legal battles in key battleground states that he lost, and demanded recounts.
Many of the lawsuits have been immediately tossed out.
In the wide-ranging interview with 60 Minutes, Obama also discussed the killing of George Floyd, the Covid-19 pandemic, how he handled the H1N1 outbreak during his own presidency and many other topics.
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