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Rick Santorum begs Democrats to give Trump supporters “space to work through” their feelings

Presidential candidate Rick Santorum addresses the Republican Leadership Conference on June 17, 2011 at the Hilton Riverside New Orleans in New Orleans, LA.
Presidential candidate Rick Santorum addresses the Republican Leadership Conference on June 17, 2011 at the Hilton Riverside New Orleans in New Orleans, LA.Photo: Shutterstock

Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) pleaded with Democrats to give Republicans “space to work through” their feelings about Donald Trump possibly losing the election, and progressives weren’t having it.

Santorum famously compared marriage equality to bestiality when he was in the Senate and later signed a pledge that he “will not honor any decision by the Supreme Court which will force us to violate a clear biblical understanding of marriage as solely the union of one man and one woman.” And now he’s asking for people to be nicer to Republicans.

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On CNN, Santorum exhorted Democrats to “give people time.”

Trump “just found out that he’s probably not going to be the president of the United States here. I mean, you can say, ‘Well, it was in the cards,’ but you don’t know until the votes are counted,” Santorum said.

At the time Santorum was speaking, major news organizations including CNN, the AP, and the New York Times had not called the election for either candidate, but Biden took the lead in Pennsylvania’s vote count. Winning that state – along with the other that had been called – would give him the 270 electoral votes needed to win.

“Give his supporters and everybody time to figure this out,” Santorum continued. “This is a very emotional time.”

“Give people space to work through this.”

Democrats on social media do not appear very ready to comfort Republicans. Some pointed to U.S. Congressman-elect Madison Cawthorn’s (R-NC) words from earlier this week when he was announced the winner of his race: “Cry more, lib.”

So it seems like the answer is “No.”

Out comedian Dana Goldberg was more curt.

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