After nearly two years of hard choices, and tireless fighting, Hillary Clinton gracefully conceded the presidential race to Donald Trump. Secretary Clinton gave a powerful concession speech in NYC on November 8, telling women everywhere to never give up on their dreams, to never stop fighting.
It was a stunning defeat on November 8, with Hillary Clinton, 69, losing the presidential race to Donald Trump, 70. Despite the fact that her worst fear was realized — a Trump presidency — Hillary put aside her pride and gave a beautiful concession speech the next morning that gave an impassioned plea to women and girls to never give up hope. She’ll always be fighting for them.
“To all the women…who put their faith in this campaign and in me…nothing has made me prouder than to be your champion. We have still have not shattered that highest and hardest glass ceiling. But some day, someone will,” Hillary told the enraptured audience. “To all the little girls watching…never doubt that you are valuable and powerful & deserving of every chance & opportunity in the world. This loss hurts but please never stop believing that fighting, for what’s right is worth it.”
Hillary’s words delivered at her election night headquarters at the Javitz Center in New York City were stirring. It’s not about the doom and gloom, the sinking feeling that so many Americans and people abroad are feeling knowing that Trump is the next president. It was about the love and inspiration she derived from her voters, and the long journey she completed to even get to election night.
She may have conceded to Trump, but don’t discount her accomplishments. Hillary is the first woman to become the nominee for president of a major political party. She’s the first woman to participate in a presidential debate during the general election. She’s the first woman to earn electoral votes.
She could have been named Madam President tonight, but facts are facts; she just didn’t. And unlike Trump’s previous threats to not accept the results of the election if he lost, she’s acknowledging that this isn’t what the country and the electoral college wanted. This is not her first time at the rodeo. She’s run for president before, in 2008, and has 30 years of political and public service experience under her belt. She’ll persevere.
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