Hillary Clinton Concession Speech Video – WATCH
Hillary Clinton gave a concession speech Wednesday, hours after conceding she lost the election for president. Check out the video below.
Many Clinton supporters went into Election Day on Tuesday confident she would defeat Republican rival Donald Trump. But as the results came in throughout the night, the GOP nominee took an early lead and Clinton struggled to win a number of states that some had assumed would be a given. As the hours wore on, the mood at the Javits Center in New York City went from excited to nervous to dejected.
Clinton was watching the votes tally up with her family at a nearby hotel, and chose not to go to the convention center, where a would-be victory party under an actual glass ceiling had more of a funereal atmosphere. A brief moment of hope came early Wednesday when campaign chair John Podesta announced to the crowd that, with votes still being counted, Clinton had not given up and supporters should go home for now.
But around 2:30 a.m. Eastern, Trump was declared the victor, and when he gave his victory speech a short time later, he revealed Clinton had in fact called him to concede. Hours later, it was announced she would finally speak mid-morning at the New Yorker Hotel. And now when the time finally came, vice presidential running mate Tim Kaine took the stage first.
After praising the former Secretary of State and touting her win of the popular vote in a brief address, Clinton herself came out to resounding applause and cheers. To her credit, she bore a big smile, joined by her family, and wearing a vibrant purple shirt that matched husband Bill Clinton’s tie. “Thank you all,” she said over the continued cheering, going on to quip, “Very rowdy group!”
She then seriously began, “Last night I congratulated Donald Trump and offered to work with him on behalf of our country. I hope he will be a successful president for all Americans.” Clinton said she was “sorry” the election wasn’t won, but expressed “pride and gratitude” for those involved with her campaign.
“Being your candidate has been one of the greatest honors of my life,” she said. “I know how disappointed you feel because I feel it, too.” Clinton acknowledged the result will be “painful for a long time,” and said it shows the nation is “more deeply divided than we thought.”
But, she noted, “We must accept this result and look to the future.” She implored everyone to have an “open mind” with Trump’s presidency, but also vowed to still “defend” American values and make sure the country is inclusive for “everyone.” She went on, “So now, our responsibility as citizens is to keep doing our part to build that better, bigger America that we all see.”
Clinton thanked Kaine, as well as President and Mrs. Obama, her family, and her campaigners. “You were the best campaign anyone could have ever expected or wanted,” she said. And to those under-the-radar supporters, she implored, “Make sure your voices are heard going forward.”
“This loss hurts, but please never stop believing that fighting for what is right is worth it,” Clinton said with young supporters and women in mind. “I know we still haven’t shattered that high glass ceiling, but hopefully someone will, and sooner than we might think.” She further promised, “Our best days are still ahead of us. Because, you know, I believe we are stronger together and we will go forward together.”
Following the speech, Clinton went into the crowd to personally thank her team and supporters. Watch below.