Robert Gehl reports that, in a very emotional speech, Hillary Clinton urged her supporters to put their anger and hatred aside, accept the results of the presidential election and try to show support for President Donald Trump.
She reiterated that “our democracy enshrines a peaceful transition of power” that all Americans must respect and that Donald J. Trump truly is the next President of the United States.
She then apologized: “This is not the outcome we wanted and worked so hard for,” she said. “I’m sorry we did not win this election for the values we hold.”
“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, and so do tens of millions of Americans. This is painful, and it will be for a long time, but our campaign was never about one person or even one election. It was about building an America that is hopeful, inclusive and big-hearted.”
The speech was gracious, thanking her supporters, family and voters.
“I have spent my whole life fighting for what I believe in, I have had successes and setbacks,” she said. “This loss hurts, but never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it.”
Forcing a smile and receiving raucous applause from her most dedicated supporters, and with Bill in the background, she said that little girls who might be saddened by the loss should know that one day – sooner or later – there would be a female president.
Hillary Clinton lost the election by 228 electoral votes to Trump’s 279, with several states still to count.
The final voting is still going on, but it appears that Hillary Clinton has won the popular vote by at least 100,000 votes.