Hillary Clinton has taken to the stage in New York to deliver an emotional concession speech after she was defeated in her quest to become the 45th President of the United States.
In her empowering speech, the Democratic nominee vowed to work with Donald Trump to “build a better, stronger, fairer America.”
“This is not the outcome we wanted, and I’m sorry that we did not win this election for the values we share and the vision we hold for our country,” said Clinton.
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“Being your candidate has been one of the greatest honours of my life,”
“I know how disappointed you feel, because I feel it too… This is painful and it will be for a long time.”
“We have seen that our nation is more deeply divided that we thought, but I still believe in America and I always will.”
Clinton then told Americans that they needed to accept the decision in order to move forward.
“We must accept this result and look to the future,” she said.
“Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and a chance to lead,”
“We’ve spent a year and a half bringing together millions of people from every corner of our country to say with one voice that we believe that the American dream is big enough for everyone.”
“For people of all races and religions, for men and women, for immigrants, for LGBT people, and people with disabilities. For everyone.
“So now, our responsibility as citizens is to keep doing our part to build that better, stronger, fairer America.”
Clinton finished by thanking Barrack and Michelle Obama before moving forward with some inspirational words of advice for women and the young people of our future.
“To Barrack and Michelle Obama, our country owes you an enormous debt of gratitude,” continued Clinton.
“We thank you for your graceful determined leadership.”
“To the young people in particular, I hope you will hear this. I have spent my entire adult life fighting for what I believe in… many of you are at the beginning of your professional, public and political careers… This loss hurts but please never stop believing that fighting for what is right is worth it,” said Clinton emotionally.
“To all the women, who put their faith in me, I want you to know that nothing has made me prouder than to be your champion,” she continued.
“To all the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable, powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams”
“To all the little girls watching…never doubt that you are valuable and powerful & deserving of every chance & opportunity in the world.”
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 9, 2016
“I know we have still not shattered that highest, hardest glass ceiling, but someday someone will.”
“Let us have faith in each other, let us not grow weary. For there are more seasons to come and there is more work to do.”
“May God bless you, and my God bless the United States of America,” Clinton concluded.
— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) November 9, 2016