The Fox News Channel journalist joined Kelly Ripa on her morning talk show as a co-host, giving a less than enthusiastic audience the inside scoop on Tuesday’s presidential election.
Kelly said she expected the election to be called later in the night initially, and after reviewing the first round of exit polls she revealed “it was all bad news for Donald (Trump).” However, as you know, once the actual votes were tallied the inaccuracy of the pollsters was revealed.
Like many, Ripa was curious about how the pollsters could get it so – to use one of Trump’s favorite words – wrong.
“What they think so far is that there really was a hidden Trump vote,” Kelly began. “And the reason they say that happened is because when the pollsters called up and figured out if you were a likely voter, they weren’t counting enough Trump voters who really were going to come to the polls this time.” Kelly also said because of the stigma around the president-elect, voters might not have wanted to reveal which candidate they were actually casting a ballot for.
Kelly also predicted we would never have another situation “where people got it this shockingly wrong,” so go ahead and let your blood pressure begin to level.
The author of Settle For More also shared words of wisdom for citizens in mourning.
“I think it’s helpful in life and in politics,” she said, “to try to perceive the other person through the most generous lens, and if people can perceive Donald Trump through that lens now and give him the benefit of the doubt, and if the Trump supporters can start to perceive the other half of the country in that same way, maybe there will be, I’m not gonna say a healing moment, but perhaps (there will be) something a little bit more positive.”
Kelly also encouraged people to send Trump “prayers and good wishes for a strong performance” and reminded the audience to focus on her belief that “we all share the same basic core values as Americans.”
“I think for the folks who are severely disappointed,” Kelly continued, “because there are many who are severely disappointed, and some even scared about a Trump presidency, I think keep an open mind. See what he does and… remember who you are.”