President Donald Trump snapped at a White House reporter on Thursday and called him a “lightweight” after the reporter asked if Trump would concede the election to President-elect Joe Biden.
“Don’t talk to me that way,” Trump raged at Jeff Mason, a White House correspondent for Reuters.
“You’re just a lightweight. Don’t talk to me that — I’m the president of the United States. Don’t ever talk to the president that way,” he added.
JUST IN: President Trump snaps at reporter objecting to the President's false claims about the election: "You're just a lightweight. Don't talk to me that way. I'm the President of the United States. Don't ever talk to the President that way." pic.twitter.com/RbTKItjs9L
— The Hill (@thehill) November 26, 2020
Mason had asked the outgoing president whether he would concede the election when the Electoral College votes for Biden on December 14.
Trump said that it would be a “very hard thing to concede” to Biden, but that he would leave the White House in January if electors voted for Biden.
“Certainly I will. Certainly I will. And you know that,” Trump said days after tweeting that he would “never concede.”
The president has consistently refused to concede the election to Biden, citing baseless conspiracy theories suggesting the election was rigged against him.
Trump repeated those claims on Thursday, falsely saying that “massive fraud has been found” in the voting process and likening the US to a “third-world country.”
Trump falsely claimed that there were “dead people voting all over the place,” before announcing that he’ll be holding a rally in Georgia “probably on Saturday” on behalf of Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler amid a worsening pandemic.
The president’s choice of furniture, a somewhat undersized desk used during the 25-minute public appearance, sparked a wave of mockery online.
Social media users went into overdrive mocking the staging and posting hilarious memes comparing the president to the likes of the oversized Will Ferrell character Elf and his desk to a Fisher Price children’s version of presidential furniture.
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