It was certainly not the speech that Hillary wanted to be making, but this morning we heard what many never expected. Speaking from the New Yorker Hotel at 11:15 AM ET she delivered her concession speech not too far away from the Javits Convention Center where she was hoping to have her victory party last night. Although Clinton privately called Trump last night conceding the election, her speech marks her first public declaration of it.
See Clinton’s concession speech in the Youtube video below:
Clinton concedes gracefully
She was joined on stage by her husband Bill Clinton and her daughter Chelsea as she spoke to the room filled with her supporters. Clinton accepted the results of the election in her speech and called on her supporters to do so as well. She acknowledged that she had spoken with Trump last night and stated that she was willing to work with Trump.
Last night I congratulated Donald Trump and offered to work with him on behalf of our country. — Hillary Clinton
Clinton went on to express her disappointment in the result and acknowledged the pain that many of her supporters were feeling as well. She also emphasized that a peaceful transition of power was important to the nation, and encouraged people to give Donald Trump a chance.
Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and a chance to lead. — Hillary Clinton
She also thanked the workers and supporters of hers for their dedicated effort to the campaign. In addition, she addressed how she was unable to break the glass ceiling for the presidency, but expressed her hope that a woman would be able to become president sooner than expected.
I know we have still not shattered that highest and hardest glass ceiling, but someday, someone will, and hopefully sooner than we might think right now. — Hillary Clinton
Overall the tone of Clinton’s speech was not spiteful, but instead appeared to display Clinton’s genuine disappointment and a sincere hope for the future of this country. She also encouraged her supporters to continue on fighting for what they believe in, and although it was certainly a sad speech for her supporters to hear, it did offer them glimmers of optimism.