Republican fealty to Trump election lie threatens US democracy: Obama
"And then, suddenly, you now have large portions of an elected Congress going along with the falsehood that there were problems with the election," he said.
"And nobody stood up and said 'Stop, this is enough, this is not true,'" Obama said.
"I won't say nobody, let me correct that, there were some very brave people who did their jobs," he said, referring to election officials.
"I didn't expect there would be so few people who would say 'Well, I don't mind losing my office cause this is too important, America's too important, our democracy's too important,'" Obama said. "We didn't see that."
"We have to worry when one of our major political parties is willing to embrace a way of thinking about our democracy that would be unrecognizable and unacceptable even five years ago or a decade ago," he said.
"I'm still the hope and change guy," he said. "And so my hope is that the tides will turn.
"But that does require each of us to understand that this experiment in democracy is not self-executing," he said. "It doesn't happen just automatically."