Business Insider called Ingraham’s comments ‘an extraordinary shift in messaging’
During a live segment on Friday night, Fox News host, Laura Ingraham, spoke about the possible outcome of the presidential election between President Donald Trump and Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden.
In the segment, she advised Trump to “accept defeat” with “grace and composure” in what the Business Insider called “an extraordinary shift in messaging.”
Following a Friday night speech given by Biden, who confidently proclaimed “we’re gonna win this race,” Ingraham prepared Fox viewers for the possibility of Trump soon having to leave the white house.
Laura Ingraham prepares her audience for the likely possibility that the President will lose the election pic.twitter.com/tG50EIHj60
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) November 7, 2020
Ingraham said: “If and when it’s time to accept an unfavorable 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 was referring to the president town hall meeting held in October, which was hosted by NBC anchor Savannah Guthrie. During the sit down, Guthrie questioned Trump’s intentions when sharing conspiracy theories regarding Biden on social media.
Pres. Trump: “That was a retweet, I’ll put it out there. People can decide for themselves.” @SavannahGuthrie: “I don’t get that. You’re the president. You’re not, like, someone’s crazy uncle who can just retweet whatever.” #TrumpTownHall pic.twitter.com/Im0QFy7VOU
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) October 16, 2020
Ingraham continued, saying, “Losing, especially when you believe the process wasn’t fair, it’s a gut punch. 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.”
Ingraham’s comments follow Trump’s refusal to concede to Biden, as reported by the Business Insider on Nov. 6, over claims of voter fraud due to mail-in ballots.
Michael Georg Link, head of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), accused Trump of an “unprecedented abuse of his position” and “undermining trust in the electoral process” in a comment to Fortune. Link oversees the task of assessing the delivery of the U.S. election.
“Nobody – no politician, no elected official – should limit the people’s right to vote. […],” Michael Georg Link, Special Co-ordinator and leader of the short-term OSCE observer mission 🗳🗽🌎🇺🇲 https://t.co/ChwFJPFbCA
— Doris 🖤 #stayingHome (@DoPauln) November 7, 2020
He followed: “Baseless allegations of systematic deficiencies, notably by the incumbent President, including on election night, harm public trust in democratic institutions.”
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