Following an unbelievable and completely stunning defeat at the hands of Donald Trump, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton delivered a concession speech Wednesday morning. She had called Trump personally during the wee hours of the AM, prior to Trump delivering his victory speech.
Clinton’s speech was moved back a bit, as it was supposed to begin at 10:30 AM ET. President Obama, who has already spoken to and agreed to meet Trump this week to discuss the transition, is also supposed to speak today.
Clinton was introduced by her running mate Tim Kaine and his wife, Anne Holton. He noted that she was the first woman to be nominated for POTUS by a major party and that she won the popular vote nationwide.
The former First Lady came out with her husband, ex-President Bill Clinton, to loud and boisterous cheers from the gathered crowd. She discussed calling up Trump to concede and that she wished him luck.
“I feel pride and gratitude,” Clinton told the audience about the campaign she ran. Holding back tears, she mentioned how “painful” the loss was while pointing out that the nation is more divided than she thought. ‘I am sorry that we did not win,” Clinton lamented.
“Donald Trump is going to be our president,” the ex-Secretary of State expressed. She further explained that it was necessary to have a peaceful transition of power because those are the principles the country was founded on.
She followed that up with a laundry list of progressive ideals, saying that it was on us to build on those values moving forward.
Of course, she also threw a thank you to Obama, pointing out the amount of gratitude the whole nation owes him. Thanking her family, she once again had to hold back tears. Clinton let her campaign staff know that they “poured their hearts” out for her, as well as volunteers and organizers.
“Never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it,” Clinton said in a message to those who supported her. “It is, it is worth it,” she stated to applause.
Hillary also lamented about not breaking the “glass ceiling,” but expressed confidence that it would happen in the near future. “Our best days are still ahead of us,” Clinton said. “I believe we are stronger together.”
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
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