After a tumultuous and hard fought campaign, Democrat Hillary Clinton conceded defeat and said that it hurt to lose. Clinton also urged her supporters to lend support to Donald Trump.
“Donald Trump will be the new president and we owe him an open mind and the chance to lead,” Clinton told a crowd of friends, family, campaign workers and supporters at a New York hotel, adding that the loss would be painful “for a long time”.
She had congratulated Trump in a phone call Tuesday night but delivered what is traditionally the concession speech on Wednesday in a short emotional address to campaign staff, barely able to hold back tears.
“This loss hurts, but please never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it,” said Clinton, flanked by husband Bill Clinton, daughter Chelsea and her running mate Tim Kaine and his wife Anne Bolton.
The tone was sombre, even mournful in the small hall, with staffers still recovering from the shock of a defeat no one had seen coming, not them, not pollsters and pundits. This was a stunning upset, and the room bore signs of it.
“This is painful, and it will be for a long time,” Clinton said, but urged the staff, specially the young among them, to not despair and never let setback distract them from doing what’s right.
It was a speech that Clinton was expected to deliver, to bring closure on an election that both deeply divided the country and exposed the deep divisions that there were.“We have seen that our nation is more deeply divided than we thought,” she said.
During the address, Clinton called on everyone to continue to work for America. “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,” she said.
This was Clinton’s second attempt at running for president, earlier losing to Barack Obama in 2008. However, the deeply divisive campaign pitched Clinton against Republican Donald Trump in one of the bitter most political rivalries in recent times.
Clinton’s victory would have made her the first female president of United States, and the near miss of creating history added to the sense of loss.
“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,” said Clinton.
Donald Trump ‘s triumph makes him the 45th president of USA, and breaks close to a decade of the Democrats run at the White House.