Hillary Clinton yielded the White House race to President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday morning, saying she trusted “he will be a successful president for all Americans.”
“This is not the outcome we wanted or worked so hard for. I’m sorry we didn’t win this election for the values we share and the vision we hold for our country,” the Democratic candidate told supporters packed into a little, familiar dance hall at THE NEW YORKER HOTEL in Midtown Manhattan.
It was an entirely different scene than the primary significant gathering female presidential candidate had arranged. She had planned to deliver a victory speech instead Tuesday evening — on a phase molded like the United States of America underneath a GLASS roof in a massive convention hall.
Clinton appeared to hold back tears on occasion, as did her running mate, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, who talked just before her. Flanked by her better half, previous President Bill Clinton, and little girl Chelsea and her significant other Marc Mezvinsky, the failure and stun were unmistakable on their countenances and in the still-shocked supporters IN THE ROOM.
“I know how disappointed you feel because I feel it, too,” Clinton said. “And so do tens of millions of Americans who invested their hopes and dreams in this effort.”
“This is painful, and it will be for a long time,” she admitted. “But I want you to remember this — our campaign was never about one person or even one election. It was about the country we love and building an America that is hopeful, inclusive and bighearted.”
Clinton asked her supporters to “accept the result and look to the future,” saying she “still believe[s] in America and I always will.”
“We owe him an open mind and a chance to lead. Our constitutional democracy enshrines the peaceful transition of power. We don’t just respect that; we cherish it,” Clinton said of the GOP president-choose, who had declined to state commonly amid an exceptionally contentious battle whether he would acknowledge the aftereffects of the decision should he lose.
What’s more, Clinton recognized that even with the historic nature of her bid, she had missed the mark regarding turning into the first female U.S. president, bombing in a noteworthy bombshell that neither surveys nor intellectuals saw coming. Until further notice, that assignment tumbles to another era of female pioneers.
“Now, I know we have still not shattered that highest and hardest GLASS ceiling,” Clinton said. “But someday, someone will and hopefully sooner than we think right now.”