Hillary Clinton Addresses the Nation: “We Must Look to the Future”

Hillary Clinton Addresses the Nation: “We Must Look to the Future”

The Democratic party nominee delivers her final concession speech: "I still believe in America and I always will."

The Democratic party nominee delivers her final concession speech: "I still believe in America and I always will."

Text: Ian David Monroe

Today, at 11:30 AM ET, Hillary Clinton addressed the nation from the New Yorker Hotel in NYC. Following an introduction by running mate Tim Kaine, Clinton took the stage.

She opened the speech by addressing Donald Trump’s win, and that she has promised to assist him “on behalf of our country.” She further reminded her supporters, despite their feelings, that they owe Donald Trump an “open mind and the chance to lead.”

Clinton takes the podium at the 43:00 mark. 

The speech was full of similar calls to action, which come at a time when many are wondering what to do next: “Let us not grow weary, let us not lose heart,” and “we need you to keep up these fights now and for the rest of your lives.”

This is easily the most emotional we’ve seen Clinton since she began campaigning back in April of 2015. Her steely persona—likely a response to misogynistic criticism of women’s ability to act without emotion—finally softened. “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.”

Had Clinton won, she would have been the first female president of the United States—a role model, example of the heights women can reach in this country. “I know we have still not chattered that highest and hardest glass ceiling but some day someone will and hopefully sooner than we might think right now,” she said, adding: “To all of the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams.”

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