Once anyone looks at the video in question, they would be hard pressed to see and hear the same thing that Trump and company said they heard. (ks)
Donald Trump suggested Tuesday that President Barack Obama was being hypocritical in saying the GOP nominee’s claims of a “rigged” election were harmful because, Trump claimed, the President made such a comment himself eight years ago.
Trump zeroed in on a clip Sean Hannity played on his Fox News show Monday night.
“Last night I’m watching Obama from eight years ago, and he’s basically saying the whole thing is fixed,” Trump said. “Before he won his first race, he was talking about voting, and he said, ‘Remember I come from Chicago, you know, they did—”
The crowd in Sanford, Florida lapped up Trump’s Obama impression.
The clip Hannity played appeared to be from a September 2008 event at Kent State University, where a voter asked Obama to reassure her that the election wouldn’t be “rigged or stolen.”
“Listen, I come from Chicago, so I want to be honest, it’s not as if it’s just Republicans who have monkeyed around with elections in the past, sometimes Democrats have, too,” Obama responded. “You know, whenever people are in power, they have this tendency to try to, you know, tilt things in their direction.”
“Give me a break, this guy is such a phony guy. What a phony,” Trump said at the Sanford rally. “Basically he said it’s rigged, and he said ‘I know because I’m from Chicago.’ Give me a break, what a phony guy.”
Earlier in the day on Tuesday, Trump told the press gaggle following him to “ask Obama” if the election would be rigged, according to the Los Angeles Times, and to “tell him to look at his tape when he was running eight years ago.”