After a long night of close calls and tearful cries for Democrats all across the country, Hillary Rodham Clinton took to a New York stage at approximately 10:30 a.m. EST Wednesday to deliver her concession speech. Her remarks had been long awaited since Tuesday night by her supporters, campaign staff and her fellow Democrats across the nation.
Flanked by her husband, former President Bill Clinton, and both dressed in dark outfits highlighted by deep purple tones, Clinton publicly acknowledged the pain of defeat which marked the end of her historic presidential campaign. But she pressed supporters to have an “open mind,” giving President-Elect Donald J. Trump “a chance to lead.”
The Democratic nominee, a former Secretary of State, First Lady and State Senator, encouraged her supporters to stay unified and urged Americans to “cherish” the Constitutional democracy with a peaceful transfer of power while still upholding the rights of all.
“Donald Trump is going to be our president,” Clinton said. “I hope that he will be a successful president for all Americans.”
She addressed the crowd, a room full of sobbing supporters and staff, as well as reporters and members of her campaign, to insist that they defend their beliefs and continue to “build that better, stronger, fairer America we seek.”
“This loss hurts but please never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it,” said Clinton.
Throughout the entire speech, Clinton’s remarks lacked spite and were devoid of hostility. She chose words of inspiration and hope. She was composed delivering her speech and insisted that the “best days are still ahead.”
Breaks in her speech were filled with audible cries, applause and sniffling. Her words were of a woman who had worked hard during a more than thirty year stint in public service and fresh off an almost two year long political campaign in which she fell short of the electoral votes needed to claim the presidency.
“This is not the outcome that we wanted and we worked so hard for, and I am sorry that we did not win this election,” Clinton said.
Clinton was strong and equally as confident when addressing the female community, encouraging them not to view her loss as a reason to give up hope and to feel empowered about who they are.
“To all the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and to achieve your own dreams.”
Her speech concluded a long and difficult campaign that resonated with the crowd that although she may not have won, it is better to be united than divided.
“I know we have still not shattered that highest, hardest glass ceiling, but some day someone will. And hopefully sooner than we might think right now.”