Santorum urges giving Trump time to accept defeat: 'This is a very emotional time'

Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) is calling on the nation to let Trump accept a potential defeat when he’s ready, urging Americans to “give people time.”

During a CNN panel Friday morning, Santorum, who serves as a political commentator for the network, urged people to be understanding of the president, who is coming to terms with Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenRealClearPolitics reporter says Freedom Caucus shows how much GOP changed under Trump Iowa governor suggests immigrants partially to blame for rising COVID-19 cases Biden officials pledge to confront cybersecurity challenges head-on MORE growing his lead in a number of key states.

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

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Santorum defended Trump and his supporters to CNN’s Gloria Borger, who argued that the country is running on “democracy’s schedule, not Donald TrumpDonald TrumpRealClearPolitics reporter says Freedom Caucus shows how much GOP changed under Trump Jake Ellzey defeats Trump-backed candidate in Texas House runoff DOJ declines to back Mo Brooks's defense against Swalwell's Capitol riot lawsuit MORE’s schedule.”

“This is a very emotional time,” Santorum said. “Give people space to work through this.”

CNN's Van Jones, a prominent Trump critic, agreed with Santorum, recalling how people wanted Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden says Russia spreading misinformation ahead of 2022 elections Highest-ranking GOP assemblyman in WI against another audit of 2020 vote Women's March endorses Nina Turner in first-ever electoral endorsement MORE to concede the night of the 2016 election.

“People need a minute,” Jones said, adding that the situation is slightly different with Trump, because people fear he will be a “bitter ender” and won’t accept defeat.

The presidential election has yet to be officially called, as Pennsylvania, Nevada and Georgia are still counting ballots and have yet to be called.