By Jason Easley on Sun, Jan 15th, 2017 at 5:09 pm
On ABC’s This Week President-elect Trump’s incoming chief of staff, Reince Priebus, demanded that President Obama forget about the years of Republican birther attacks and step up to legitimize Trump’s presidency.
Transcript via ABC’s This Week:
STEPHANOPOULOS: Well, the president-elect has stirred up quite a firestorm with his latest tweet. Was this the right fight for him to pick?
PRIEBUS: Well, look, here’s the issue — I and we look up to John Lewis and his historic contribution to civil rights.
STEPHANOPOULOS: But the president-elect said he was all talk, no action.
PRIEBUS: But — let me answer — but here’s the problem, we need folks like John Lewis and others who, I think, have been champions of voter rights, to actually recognize the fact that Donald Trump was duly elected. He’s going to put his hand on the bible in five days. And I think it’s incredibly disappointing, and I think it’s irresponsible for people like himself to question the legitimacy of the next United States president. I think putting the United States down across the world is not something that a responsible person does.
And so look, I think, in fact, I think President Obama could step up. We have had a great relationship with the White House, George. We just had every cabinet person designee of ours meet with the cabinet members of the Obama administration on Friday. I’ve met numerous times with Denis McDonough, they’ve been nothing but helpful.
So, I think the administration can do a lot of good by telling folks that are on their side of the aisle, look, we may have lost the election on the Democrat side, but it’s time to come together.
The Republican argument is basically that when a Democrat wins the White House, it is perfectly fine for them to spend eight years floating baseless conspiracy theory, but when a Republican wins the White House under circumstances that raised questions with 17 intelligence agencies, the country must rally around Trump.
No, Boo. It’s not President Obama’s responsibility to legitimize your illegitimate President.
Not in this lifetime.
Let Joe Clark tell you all that President Obama ‘ must do.’