CNN anchor John King offered a stern message Tuesday to those still in denial about Donald Trump becoming president: "Get over it."
"President-elect Trump himself has said, 'People are trying to de-legitimize me, they're questioning the election.' He won. He's going to be president of the United States in 17 days," King said. "If you're out there thinking somehow that's going to go away, get over it. He's going to be president of the United States."
The candid and blunt moment happened as a CNN panel discussed Russia's alleged meddling in the U.S. election, a belief held by both Democrats and some Republicans and backed up by reports from multiple U.S. intelligence agencies. Trump, on the other hand, said he's not ready to name Russian President Vladimir Putin as the culprit because it's a serious charge, and he wants U.S. intelligence officials to be sure.
“I just want them to be sure, because it’s a pretty serious charge, and I want them to be sure. And if you look at the [allegations of] weapons of mass destruction [in Iraq], that was a disaster, and they were wrong," Trump said at his Florida Mar-a-Lago estate on New Year's Eve.
“I think it’s unfair if they don’t know. And I know a lot about hacking. And hacking is a very hard thing to prove," Trump added.
Since Trump won the election, some opponents on the Left have attempted to use the Russian hacking allegation to try to stop him from being inaugurated Jan. 20. For example, comedian Rosie O'Donnell rang in the new year with a provocative political statement on Twitter. "DONALD TRUMP IS MENTALLY UNSTABLE...LESS THAN THREE WEEKS TO STOP HIM AMERICA," O'Donnell tweeted, along with an article about a Trump biographer who alleged the president-elect kicked him out of his Mar-a-Lago estate for being "really rough" on him in the book.
DONALD TRUMP IS MENTALLY UNSTABLE - https://t.co/6AvhoPq1du LESS THAN 3 WEEKS TO STOP HIM AMERICA— ROSIE (@ROSIE)1483302873.0
A number of protesters are also expected to attend the inauguration on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
Liberal author and filmmaker Michael Moore called on his 3.5 million Twitter followers to "disrupt" the swearing in, pointing out that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes.
Disrupt the Inauguration. The Majority have spoken - by nearly 2.7 million votes &counting! Silence is not an option https://t.co/HSmP3pREvy— Michael Moore (@Michael Moore)1481099379.0