Fox News Hosts Shift to Highlight Trump Accomplishments as States Flip to Favor Biden

Fox News personalities focused on President Donald Trump's accomplishments on Friday as vote counting was set to resume and former Vice President Joe Biden led the president in states crucial to his re-election.

The channel's decision desk has since Tuesday taken the lead in calling state election outcomes despite its opinion hosts arguing in favor of a second Trump term as some have begun criticizing the network's early calls.

Jess Watters, co-host of The Five, argued that "The president is a legend no matter what happens" on Friday as an on-screen graphic showed Biden's leads in several swing states.

"If he loses, he packed two terms into one term anyway," Watters said.

"The list of accomplishments is just amazing. I cannot wait to call it the Trump economy for the next four years," he said as one of his co-hosts laughed.

"But honestly, the man has exposed the media, he's exposed the polling industry, he's unmasked a lot of malfeasance in our law enforcement system and he gave it a great run and if it ends up not in his favor, he should be proud of himself, I'm proud of him.

"He fought for the people. The people love him. When you hear chants of 'We love you' at a political rally, that is something special," Watters said.

Later on Friday, Laura Ingraham expressed a similar sentiment to her prime time audience. Speaking on her show, The Ingraham Angle, the Fox News host seemed to some to be preparing her viewers for Trump's defeat.

She also listed the president's accomplishments, which included moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, eliminating the individual mandate from the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, starting to build a border wall and fighting the opioid epidemic.

Ingraham then broached the possibility that Trump will be defeated once all the votes are counted. She argued that if Biden wins, the president should accept it with grace.

"If there is no path for Donald Trump's second term, it doesn't mean the end of the 'America First' movement or his role in leading it," she said.

"On the contrary, this is only the beginning. For now, it's time to take our gains, learned from our defeats, and confidently expand one of the greatest political movements for the past 100 years.

You’re basically watching Rupert Murdoch speak to Donald Trump here.

— Molly Jong-Fast🏡 (@MollyJongFast) November 7, 2020

"Now losing, especially when you think it wasn't fair, is a gut punch," she said. "And I'm not conceding anything, 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 and then the love and respect his supporters feel for him - it's only gonna grow stronger. And his legacy, more historically significant."

"The media knows he'll be a GOP kingmaker for 2022 and 2024, no doubt. They know he's a political hero for tens of millions of Americans. And they want to take that from him, too," Ingraham said.

Trump Speaks in the Briefing Room
President Donald Trump speaks in the briefing room at the White House on November 5, in Washington, D.C. Votes are still being counted two days after the presidential election as incumbent Trump is in a close race against challenger Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, which remains too close to call. Fox News' hosts touted Trump's accomplishments on Friday. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images