Clinton’s first response to losing the election

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who lost in the US presidential election, addressed her loss to Donald Trump for the first time: “I hope that he will be a successful president for all Americans.”
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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who lost in the US presidential election, gave her first concession speech in which she addressed her loss to Donald Trump.

Clinton thanked her voters and those who helped throughout the election process. “Last night, I congratulated Donald Trump and offered to work with him on behalf of our country,” she said. “I hope that he will be a successful president for all Americans.”

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The Clintons during the speech Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

“This is not the outcome we wanted or we worked so hard for,” she continued. “I'm sorry we did not win this election for the values we share and the vision we hold for our country. But I feel pride and gratitude for this wonderful campaign that we built together. I know how disappointed you feel because I feel it too 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 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 big-hearted."

“We have seen that our nation is more deeply divided than we thought,” Clinton said. “But I still believe in America and I always will. And if you do, then we must accept this result and then look to the future. Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead. Our constitutional democracy enshrines the peaceful transfer of power. We don't just respect that. We cherish it. It also enshrines the rule of law, the principle we are all equal in rights and dignity, freedom of worship and expression. We respect and cherish these values, too, and we must defend them."

Following Trump’s win, Clinton requested that her campaign manager John Podesta speak in her name. Afterwards, Clinton called Trump to congratulate him regarding his victory. “They had a very nice conversation,” Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told ABC. “He told her that she is very intelligent and tough and even complimented her for her outstanding campaign management.”

"I hope that he will be a successful president for all Americans.” Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

As reported earlier by JOL, US President Barack Obama congratulated Trump and invited him to the White House tomorrow to discuss the transition of power.

Trump is expected to officially replace Obama on January 20, 2017. The big winner of the election will not become the 45th president until the day of the inauguration. According to US law, only after the oath will Trump become commander-in-chief.


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