Fox News host Laura Ingraham advises Trump to accept defeat with 'grace and composure'
- Fox News host Laura Ingraham advised US President Donald Trump to "accept defeat" with "grace and composure" during a live segment on Friday night.
- "If and when it's time to accept an unfavourable outcome in this election, and we hope it never comes, President Trump needs to do it with the same grace and composure that he demonstrated at that town hall with Savannah Guthrie," Ingraham said.
- Ingraham joins other Fox News commentators who have expressed concern at the president's continual false statements.
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Fox News host Laura Ingraham advised US President Donald Trump on Friday to "accept defeat" with "grace and composure" in an extraordinary shift in messaging.
Following Joe Biden's speech on Friday night, Ingraham went on Fox News to seemingly prepare her viewers for the likelihood that Trump might soon have to accept his election loss.
In a video of the segment, Ingraham said: "If and when it's time to accept an unfavourable outcome in this election, and we hope it never comes, President Trump needs to do it with the same grace and composure that he demonstrated at that town hall with Savannah Guthrie."
The Fox News pundit was referring to the president's town hall event in October, which was hosted by NBC anchor Savannah Guthrie.
"Losing, especially when you believe the process wasn't fair, it's a gut punch," Ingraham continued. "And I'm not conceding anything tonight, by the way, but losing, if that's what happens, it's awful. But President Trump's legacy will only become more significant if he focuses on moving the country forward."
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Ingraham's comments to the US president come as Trump refuses to concede the race to the White House, making unfounded claims of voter fraud and election theft.
The network's decision to call Arizona for Biden earlier this week — the first major outlet to do so — enraged the Trump campaign and his followers.
Other Rupert Murdoch-owned media outlets, including the New York Post and Wall Street Journal, have also since shifted their messaging, which appears to be closely coordinated and includes an appeal to Trump to preserve his "legacy" by showing grace in defeat, the Guardian reported.
Ingraham has stood by Trump throughout his four years in office, becoming one of the first pundits to endorse him early in his 2016 campaign.
She has since infiltrated Trump's inner circle, speaking regularly at events like the Republican convention and at one point was even considered for the role of White House's communications director.
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