Fox News' Laura Ingraham Tells Viewers to Accept 'Reality' That Joe Biden Will Be President

Fox News' Laura Ingraham has told viewers that it is time to accept the "reality" that Joe Biden will become the president in January after the General Services Administration (GSA) announced that the Trump administration is ready to begin the transition process.

Ingraham said that while the past three weeks in which Donald Trump has refused to accept defeat and continued to allege that the election was "stolen" due to baseless claims of mass voter fraud have been "unpleasant and disappointing" for his supporters, it is time to accept Biden will enter the White House next year.

"As much as we wish things were different, this is where things stand tonight," she said after a tweet from Trump thanking GSA head Emily Murphy for her decision appeared on screen.

"Now, legal challenges continue in a number of states, serious questions about vote counting, poll watcher access are outstanding," Ingraham said. "But unless the legal situation changes in a dramatic and frankly and unlikely manner, Joe Biden will be inaugurated on January 20th."

Ingraham adds that this does not mean that she thinks the election was not "rife with problems and potential fraud" or that she is being a "sellout to the conservative populist movement" that he has been apart of for around 25 years.

"And it does not mean that I disagree at all with the President's right and obligation to pursue all legitimate legal challenges to this outcome," she said. "To say this constitutes living in reality.

"And if I offered you a false reality, if I told you that there was an excellent phenomenal chance that the Supreme Court was going to step in and deliver a victory to President Trump, I'd be lying to you.

"Now you've known me for a long time...long enough to know that I will not lie to you or simply tell you what you want to hear.

"But what I will tell you tonight, is that even amidst an election loss, there is an enormous amount for us to be hopeful about, even optimistic, and how things are handled going forward is going to have a huge impact on the Republicans' ability to stop Biden's most egregious moves."

Ingraham goes on to say that Trump should continue his legal challenges, which have so far garnered no positive results, even if they will not change the outcome.

In a tweet on Monday, Trump said his team is finally ready to begin the transition, but has still not fully accepted Biden as the winner.

Trump also thanked Murphy for her "steadfast dedication and loyalty to our country" after the GSA was criticized for the delay in announcing its certification despite several news outlets declaring Biden the winner on November 7.

In her letter to Biden to give the green light for the transition period, Murphy described how "my safety, my family, my staff, and even my pets" have been threatened in an effort to coerce her into making a decision.

"She has been harassed, threatened, and abused—and I do not want to see this happen to her, her family, or employees of GSA," Trump tweeted. "Our case STRONGLY continues, we will keep up the good fight, and I believe we will prevail!

"Nevertheless, in the best interest of our Country, I am recommending that Emily and her team do what needs to be done with regard to initial protocols, and have told my team to do the same."

Hours later, Trump tweeted that he still does not accept defeat in what he called the "most corrupt election in American political history" and the GSA's announcement will not stop his challenges.

"We are moving full speed ahead. Will never concede to fake ballots & 'Dominion.'"

In a statement, Yohannes Abraham, executive director of the Biden transition, said the GSA's decision was a "needed step to begin tackling the challenges facing our nation, including getting the pandemic under control and our economy back on track."

He added: "This final decision is a definitive administrative action to formally begin the transition process with federal agencies.

"In the days ahead, transition officials will begin meeting with federal officials to discuss the pandemic response, have a full accounting of our national security interests, and gain complete understanding of the Trump administration's efforts to hollow out government agencies."

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Talk show host Laura Ingraham speaks during CPAC 2019 February 28, 2019 in National Harbor, Maryland. Ingraham told her Fox News viewers that President Donald Trump will almost certainly not be president in 2021. Alex Wong/Getty