Fox News host Laura Ingraham urges Trump to accept defeat with 'grace and composure'

FOX News host Laura Ingraham last night told Donald Trump to "accept defeat" with "grace and composure".

The President has launched legal battles in at least six swing states and has called the election "a fraud" claiming "bad things" happened at vote counts.

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But with protesters clashing and gun-wielding mobs storming vote counts, pro-Trump anchor Ingraham shifted her tone last night.

She 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, who referenced Trump's event last month hosted by NBC's Guthrie, then said the Republican's legacy will be strengthened by accepting the result.

She said: "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."

This comes as the President is on the cusp of losing the historic race with Democrat Biden leading him in several swing states including Pennsylvania, Georgia and Arizona.

However, Trump has not prepared a concession speech and has told allies that he has no intention of admitting defeat, campaign insiders told CNN.

According to the report, the Republican's view that the election was "stolen", despite a lack of evidence, is being supported by his adult sons and some senior aides.

Today, with Biden set to be confirmed as the winner of the election, Trump continued his combative rhetoric in a series of angry tweets.

He wrote: "Tens of thousands of votes were illegally received after 8 P.M. on Tuesday, Election Day, totally and easily changing the results in Pennsylvania and certain other razor thin states.

"As a separate matter, hundreds of thousands of Votes were illegally not allowed to be OBSERVED…

"..This would ALSO change the Election result in numerous States, including Pennsylvania, which everyone thought was easily won on Election Night, only to see a massive lead disappear, without anyone being allowed to OBSERVE, for long intervals of time, what the happened…"

He then claimed that vote counts were blocked by "tractors" despite the centres reportedly having independent observers inside during the process.

Trump tweeted: "…Bad things took place during those hours where LEGAL TRANSPARENCY was viciously & crudely not allowed.

"Tractors blocked doors & windows were covered with thick cardboard so that observers could not see into the count rooms. BAD THINGS HAPPENED INSIDE. BIG CHANGES TOOK PLACE!"

Why Trump is taking his election battle to court

Trump has filed lawsuits in Pennsylvania, Georgia and Michigan to demand better access for Republican observers to locations where ballots are being counted.

A statement from the campaign said in Michigan that they haven't been given "meaningful access to numerous counting locations to observe the opening of ballots and the counting process, as guaranteed by Michigan law."

The Georgia lawsuit filed in Chatham County essentially asks a judge to ensure the state laws are being followed on absentee ballots  

The Trump campaign also filed a lawsuit to intervene in a Pennsylvania case at the Supreme Court that deals with whether ballots received up to three days after the election can be counted.

A spokesman for Trump’s team said: “This is the most important election of our lifetime, and President Trump made clear our path forward last night: ensure the integrity of this election for the good of the nation.

“Bad things are happening in Pennsylvania. Democrats are scheming to disenfranchise and dilute Republican votes. President Trump and his team are fighting to put a stop to it.”

Separately in Nevada, GOP lawyers had already launched legal challenges involving absentee votes in Nevada, specifically contesting local decisions.

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