In a bold statement on her show, Fox News host Laura Ingraham urged the remaining Republican presidential contenders, particularly Nikki Haley and Ron DeSantis, to concede and support Donald Trump.
This followed Trump’s commanding victory in the Iowa caucuses, which Ingraham described as a decisive moment for the GOP.
“This is my advice to the last three, and that’s the focus of tonight’s angle. After what we witnessed in Iowa last night, it’s time for everyone to start living in the real world,” she said. Despite facing multiple indictments and balancing court appearances with campaigning, Trump’s victory in Iowa at 77 years old reaffirmed his status as a formidable political force.
Ingraham’s message was clear and direct, especially regarding Ron DeSantis, whose campaign efforts she acknowledged: “He outperformed last night. He beat Nikki Haley’s war chest. So he has a lot to be proud of.”
She cautioned, “But he’s simply not going to be president this time around.” Ingraham said that the continued presence of DeSantis in the race would not benefit him and might, and in fact, harm his future political prospects. “Every day that Ron DeSantis stays on the campaign trail criticizing Trump is a day that hurts Ron DeSantis’ political future.”
Turning her attention to Nikki Haley, Ingraham’s critique was sharper. She lambasted Haley for following the advice of high-priced campaign consultants and seeking support from known ‘Never Trumpers.’
“Stop listening to your high-priced campaign consultants,” Ingraham urged, implying that such strategies were out of touch with the party’s base. She also pointed to Democrats’ support for Haley in the Iowa caucuses as a strategic move against Trump, noting, “Democrats turned out in huge numbers to support her.”
The Iowa Republican Caucus, a pivotal early event in the U.S. presidential primary process, was called in favor of Trump early on Monday night.
Trump commanded a substantial advantage with 56,260 votes, translating to 51.0% of the total, earning him 20 delegates. His closest competitors were Ron DeSantis, who garnered 23,420 votes (21.2%) and 9 delegates, followed by Nikki Haley with 21,085 votes (19.1%) and 8 delegates.
The outcome helped solidify Trump’s position in the Republican race. However, DeSantis, who finished a distant second in Iowa, remains undeterred. He plans to continue his campaign efforts in New Hampshire and South Carolina, aiming to challenge both Trump and former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley.
Ingraham provided strategic advice to former President Trump, praising his campaign’s approach thus far. “You’ve run a very smart campaign. You never back down.” Looking ahead, Ingraham urged Trump to focus almost exclusively on the general election and to devise a comprehensive strategy to counter the Democrats’ efforts.
Throughout her segment, Ingraham reinforced the idea of unity and strength of the Republican Party under Trump’s leadership. “The party is more unified now, but behind him and his policies, than at any time since the Reagan years,” she stated.
“It’s time to follow the people. Their advice is a lot better. And most of the Republican voters are saying one word: Trump,” Ingraham finished.