Geraldo Rivera joins fellow Fox News host Laura Ingraham in urging viewers to accept Trump’s defeat, saying he can’t ‘continue denying the results of the election’

Image
A composite image of the Fox News correspondent Geraldo Rivera and President Donald Trump. Getty/Getty
  • In a video posted on Twitter on Tuesday, the Fox News correspondent Geraldo Rivera said he couldn’t “continue denying the results of the election.”
  • He said President Donald Trump’s legal challenges were “totally ineffective” and there’s “no realistic prospect” they “will overturn the results of the election.”
  • Fox News and all other the major US television news networks called the 2020 presidential election for President-elect Joe Biden on November 7.
  • Rivera’s comments came a day after the Fox News host Laura Ingraham made similar remarks, saying Trump’s legal case was hopeless and Biden was expected to be the next president.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

The Fox News correspondent Geraldo Rivera told supporters of President Donald Trump that the president’s lawsuits were unlikely to change the results of the 2020 election in his favour and that it was time to move on.

In a video posted to Twitter on Tuesday, Rivera said he knew that many people “want me to continue denying the results of the election” but that he “can’t do that.”

“I think the legal challenges are basically, totally ineffective,” Rivera said. “There is no realistic prospect that any legal challenges will overturn the results of the election.”

He went on to say he understood why Trump was fighting the results for the election, “if not for this year, then for 2024 or with the Georgia runoffs,” Rivera said — referring to Trump’s reported desire to run for a second term in four years and to the two ongoing races in Georgia that will determine whether Republicans hold or tie the US Senate.

“But I do not believe there is any prospect whatsoever that any court in the land will reverse the results of this election,” Rivera said. “This election is in the books. Fight on, support Trump and Trumpism going forward, but the election of 2020 is over.”


NEWSLETTER

10 THINGS IN POLITICS YOU NEED TO KNOW
Start your day with the biggest stories in Politics. Sign up now.Rivera’s comments came a day after the Fox News host Laura Ingraham gave a similar statement to her viewers, saying that Trump’s legal challenges to the election results were unlikely to succeed and that Joe Biden would be sworn in as the nation’s 46th president of the United States on January 20.

“If I offered you a false reality, if I told you there was an excellent, phenomenal chance that the Supreme Court was going to step in and deliver a victory to President Trump, I would be lying to you,” Ingraham said.

Not everyone at Fox News appears to be as accepting of Biden’s victory, though. On Monday, Tucker Carlson went on a tirade in which he said mail-in voting was “not fair” and the election had been “rigged towards one candidate.”

All major US television news networks, including Fox News, projected Biden to win the 2020 presidential election on November 7.

Trump has refused to concede to Biden, however, and has been contesting the results in several swing states. So far, Trump and his lawyers have won zero of the 22 lawsuits they have filed since Election Day.

Rivera appears to have personally accepted the results for some time. On November 12, he tweeted that Trump should “say goodbye with grace & dignity.”

On November 17, Rivera also tweeted that “while voting discrepancies & dubious counting methods continue to raise questions about the legitimacy of close counts in battleground states, nothing found so far affects the bottom-line outcomes anywhere,” adding that so far, Biden was still the president-elect.

Though Trump has refused to admit defeat, he on Monday endorsed the General Services Administration’s decision for the transition to the Biden administration to begin.