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 ObamaFormer Sen. Heller to run for Nevada governor Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Senate Democrats ding Biden energy proposal Business coalition aims to provide jobs to Afghan refugees 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 Biden’s going to be the next president of the United States. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisLive coverage: California voters to decide Newsom's fate Florida woman faces five years in prison for threatening to kill Harris Australia's COVID overreaction could come to US 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 TrumpFormer Sen. Heller to run for Nevada governor Overnight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley becomes lightning rod on right 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 BidenJoe BidenOvernight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Democrats hope Biden can flip Manchin and Sinema On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Democrats advance tax plan through hurdles MORE’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.