NEW YORK, Nov 9 (APP): Hillary Clinton publicly conceded to Donald Trump on Wednesday after losing the election to the Republican candidate, wishing him success as America’s 45th president.
The public concession speech comes after the Democratic nominee made a private phone call to Trump to congratulate him on winning the presidential race; she had declined to address her supporters who had gathered at the Javits Center in New York in what was expected to be a victory party.
She was introduced by her running mate, Tim Kaine, who lauded her for her ‘amazing’ accomplishments in life.
“I hope that he will be a successful president for all Americans,” Clinton, who won the popular vote, said. “I feel pride and gratitude for this wonderful campaign that we built together.”
A hopeful and optimistic Clinton urged her supporters to accept the result of the election, and said all Americans owe Trump an ‘open mind’ and a ‘chance to lead’ as he prepares to take office. She concluded by declaring that America’s best days are ahead of us.”
“Donald Trump is going to be our president,” she said. “I hope that he will be a successful president for all Americans,” Clinton said to a room of emotional aides and supporters, who gave her an extended round of applause.
“We have seen that our nation is more deeply divided than we thought. But I still believe in America and always will. And if you do, then we must accept this election outcome,” she added. “We owe him an open mind and a chance to lead.”
Clinton made it clear that while Americans must ‘cherish’ the Constitution’s democratic tradition of a peaceful transfer of power, they should fight to protect its core values of the rule of law, equal rights and freedom of worship. These are all Constitutional protections her campaign had argued were at risk with a Trump presidency.
In closing her remarks Clinton made a direct appeal to young people and women of all ages.
To young people, she said: “This loss hurts, but please never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it.”