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06 November 2020 22:32

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Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) is calling on the nation to let Trump accept a potential defeat when he's ready, urging Americans to "give people time." During a CNN panel Friday morning, Santorum, who serves as a political commentator for the network, urged people to be understanding of the president, who is coming to terms with Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden Joe BidenBiden pulls ahead of Trump in Georgia Biden takes lead in Georgia, makes gains in Pennsylvania Gore: This election is 'completely different' than 2000 MORE growing his lead in a number of key states. "He's just found out that he's probably not going to be the president of the United States anymore," Santorum said. "You can say 'Well it was in the cards,' but you don't know until the votes are counted." ADVERTISEMENT Santorum defended Trump and his supporters to CNN's Gloria Borger, who argued that the country is running on "democracy's schedule, not Donald Trump Donald John TrumpBiden pulls ahead of Trump in Georgia Biden takes lead in Georgia, makes gains in Pennsylvania Gore: This election is 'completely different' than 2000 MORE's schedule." "This is a very emotional time," Santorum said. CNN's Van Jones, a prominent Trump critic, agreed with Santorum, recalling how people wanted Hillary Clinton Hillary Diane Rodham ClintonNearly 57 million tune in election night, down 20 percent from 2016 Here's why Trump made gains with Florida's Hispanic voters Biden win would leave GOP poised for 2024 comeback MORE to concede the night of the 2016 election. "People need a minute," Jones said, adding that the situation is slightly different with Trump, because people fear he will be a "bitter ender" and won't accept defeat.

The presidential election has yet to be officially called, as Pennsylvania, Nevada and Georgia are still counting ballots and have yet to be called. Presidential candidate Rick Santorum addresses the Republican Leadership Conference on June 17, 2011 at the Hilton Riverside New Orleans in New Orleans, LA. Photo: Shutterstock Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) pleaded with Democrats to give Republicans "space to work through" their feelings about Donald Trump possibly losing the election, and progressives weren't having it. Santorum famously compared marriage equality to bestiality when he was in the Senate and later signed a pledge that he "will not honor any decision by the Supreme Court which will force us to violate a clear biblical understanding of marriage as solely the union of one man and one woman." And now he's asking for people to be nicer to Republicans. Related: Rick Santorum says legalizing same-sex marriage is like changing 'the chemical equation of water' On CNN, Santorum exhorted Democrats to "give people time." Trump "just found out that he's probably not going to be the president of the United States here.

I mean, you can say, 'Well, it was in the cards,' but you don't know until the votes are counted," Santorum said. At the time Santorum was speaking, major news organizations including CNN, the AP, and the New York Times had not called the election for either candidate, but Biden took the lead in Pennsylvania's vote count. Winning that state – along with the other that had been called – would give him the 270 electoral votes needed to win. "Give his supporters and everybody time to figure this out," Santorum continued. "Give people space to work through this." Democrats on social media do not appear very ready to comfort Republicans.

Some pointed to U.S. Congressman-elect Madison Cawthorn's (R-NC) words from earlier this week when he was announced the winner of his race: "Cry more, lib." I'm trying to think of why Rick Santorum's pleas to Democrats to be magnanimous and let Republicans process things in a respectful manner are ringing false to me, but I just can't explain why… — Daniel Fienberg (@d_fienberg) November 6, 2020 So it seems like the answer is "No." Rick Santorum saying we have to give Trump time to take this loss and I am all like going to buy a tuba so I can follow him and play the sad tuba all day. — Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) November 6, 2020 Remember: Trumpers have attacked Hillary for four years for "refusing to concede" – by waiting till the morning after the election (because states were still in flux the night of) sted of on election night. So screw your "let GOP deal with their feelings" garbage, @RickSantorum — Kurt "Mask Up, Vote Early" Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) November 6, 2020 Lol. @RickSantorum on @CNN said that Democrats need to give Trump/GOP "time" to "work through their feelings." If I may. pic.twitter.com/3Du5yaRts6 — Elie Mystal (@ElieNYC) November 6, 2020 Rick Santorum on CNN literally saying "Democrats need to give Republicans, including Trump, time and space to work through their feelings about losing." pic.twitter.com/CluwdzqSwo — Doc Wolvy, Not in Tweet Gulog for Horny Crimes, MD (@Doc_Wolverine) November 6, 2020 Footage of Rick Santorum defending Trump all week on CNN pic.twitter.com/nOl08kzGOu — TiffanyTrumpVEVO (@Johnatron4000) November 6, 2020 Out comedian Dana Goldberg was more curt.

Rick Santorum, a former top Republican senator, said everyone needs to give the president more time to process his impending election defeat and Democrats should tone it down with their rhetoric. His comments came in reaction to Mr Biden campaign's vow to escort Donald Trump from the White House. "Give people time," Mr Santorum said on CNN where he is a political commentator. "He's just found out that he's probably not going to be the president of the United States here." "It's democracy's schedule," fellow host Gloria Borger responded. "It's not Donald Trump's." Read more: Follow the latest election results Mr Santorum criticized the Biden campaign for its valedictory turn in messaging. The former Vice President has continued to urge patience as all votes are counted, but after hearing Mr Trump has no plans to concede, the campaign said: "The United States government is perfectly capable of escorting trespassers out of the White House." The former GOP senator from Pennsylvania and presidential candidate also said Democrats would have responded similarly by levying charges of voter fraud had they been the ones falling behind. "If Joe Biden was going to win by 10 points, and he loses, "Fraud!" This would be the cry of the other side, too." Your daily US politics newsletter Sign up Already have an account? Log in here Update preferences Despite Mr Santorum's defense of the president, he also on Friday criticized the president's White House anti-concession speech. "Much of that statement was not factual and was at times incendiary and not something the president of the United States should say," Mr Santorum said. CNN analyst Rick Santorum issued an unironic plea for everyone to give President Donald Trump and his supporters time and space to work through the emotional experience of losing the presidency to former Vice President Joe Biden. On the Friday morning when Biden took a likely insurmountable lead in Pennsylvania and all but secured his victory over Trump, Santorum told a CNN panel not to rush Trump and his fans into conceding. As the panel discussed how it was that someone could talk Trump into accepting defeat, Santorum declared "Give people time!" "You know he's just found out that he's probably not going to be the president of the United States here, and you can say 'Well it was in the cards,' but you don't know until the votes are counted. I mean listen to John King," Santorum said. "It's democracy's schedule It's not Donald Trump's," Gloria Borger interrupted. "Give his supporters and everybody time to figure this out," Santorum continued, and thanked David Axelrod for criticizing the Biden campaign statement that if Trump doesn't leave, "the United States government is perfectly capable of escorting trespassers out of the White House." "It's not time to, that kind of rhetoric is not going to be helpful," Santorum said. "This is a very emotional time." He asserted that the same would be true in the reverse situation, and said "Let the process work. Give people space to work through this." Van Jones said he agreed with Santorum, explaining that "people wanted Hillary to Clinton to come out that night and she needed a minute. And her supporters needed a minute and she came out the next day." But Jones added "I don't think we're looking at this same situation with Donald Trump. The fear that people have is that this isn't about him kind of getting himself together to come out and make a responsible speech, that he just is going to be a bitter ender." Time will tell how much space a political movement that was infamously fueled by what it called "liberal tears" will be given to work through its feelings. Watch the clip above via CNN. Have a tip we should know? [email protected]