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Obama: Americans should be 'troubled' by attempts to overturn states' votes

Obama: Americans should be 'troubled' by attempts to overturn states' votes

Former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaBiden's Cabinet a battleground for future GOP White House hopefuls Five things to know about Antony Blinken, Biden's pick for State Obama: Republican Party members believe 'white males are victims' MORE said in a Thursday interview that Americans should be “troubled” by Republican attempts to overturn the results of the presidential election in key states.

“Look, Joe BidenJoe BidenPennsylvania Supreme Court strikes down GOP bid to stop election certification Biden looks to career officials to restore trust, morale in government agencies Biden transition adds new members to coronavirus task force MORE’s going to be the next president of the United States. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisBiden transition adds new members to coronavirus task force Club for Growth to launch ad blitz in Georgia to juice GOP turnout Biden's political position is tougher than Trump's MORE will be the next vice president,” Obama told MSNBC contributor Jonathan Capehart. “I have been troubled, like I think every American, whether you’re a Democrat, a Republican or an independent, should be troubled, when you start having attempts to block, negate, overturn the people’s vote when there’s no actual evidence that there was anything illegal or fraudulent taking place.

“They’ve been repeatedly rejected by the courts,” Obama added. “I’m less surprised by Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpPennsylvania Supreme Court strikes down GOP bid to stop election certification Biden looks to career officials to restore trust, morale in government agencies Sunday shows preview: US health officials brace for post-holiday COVID-19 surge MORE doing this; he has shown only a flimsy relationship to the truth. I’m more troubled that you’re seeing a lot of Republican officials go along with it, not because they actually believe it but because they’re intimidated by it.”

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The Trump campaign has mounted a series of long-shot legal challenges to the results of the 2020 election and in some states is seeking to outright overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s victories. The campaign is also reportedly seeking to pressure Republican state lawmakers to appoint pro-Trump electors, with the president inviting several leading Michigan Republicans to the White House this week.