Hillary Clinton Urges Democrats to Hold President Trump Accountable in Concession Speech
Hillary Clinton gave her concession speech at the New Yorker Hotel, half a mile from what the campaign believed would be a historic victory Tuesday night.
"Last night I congratulated Donald Trump and offered to work with him on behalf of our country," Clinton told supporters in New York City.
Despite Trump's divisive rhetoric, frequently called out by Clinton, she had a different message this time.
"I hope that he will be a successful president for all Americans," Clinton said.
Bill Clinton and VP nominee Tim Kaine were nearly in tears.
"This is not the outcome we wanted, that we worked so hard for," she continued. "I'm sorry we did not win this election for the values that we share, for the visions that we hold."
Yet Clinton claimed to feel pride and gratitude.
"You represent the best of America and being your candidate has been one of the greatest honors of my life," she said, sharing her disappointment with the room and tens of millions of Americans.
Reminiscent of Bernie Sanders in the primary process, Clinton urged her voters not to lose hope.
"This is painful, and it will be for a long time, but this campaign was never about one person. It was about building an America that is hopeful, inclusive and big-hearted."
She also spoke to the deep divides that plague America.
"We must accept the result and then look to the future. Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and a chance to lead," she explained, and pressed supporters to hold Trump accountable in his new role.
"Our constitutional democracy enshrines the peaceful transfer of power," Clinton said. "It also enshrines other things: the rule of law, the principle that we are all equal in rights and dignity, freedom of worship and expression. We respect these values, too."