accept and embrace

Shooting Stars

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He was denounced after suggesting that some mosques should be closed and Muslims in the US monitored, but he solidified his status as the party's frontrunner. In the end his hardline positions became largely accepted, if not embraced, by his fellow candidates.(Donald Trump urges ban on Muslims coming to US - BBC News)

Embrace is defined as to accept an idea, a proposal, a set of beliefs, etc, especially when it is done with enthusiasm.

What is the difference between accept and embrace in this sentence?

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