Failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton finally publicly admitted defeat, hours after her Republican opponent vanquished her in a shocking upset victory.
“Donald Trump is going to be our president, we owe him an open mind and a chance to lead,” Clinton admitted to her close aides and supporters.
Clinton took the stage with her husband Bill Clinton and her daughter Chelsea. She wiped a tear as soon as she stood in front of disappointed supporters.
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“This is painful, and it will be for some time,” she admitted.
A mournful faced Bill Clinton also grimaced, while fighting back tears.
“This loss hurts but please never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it,” Hillary Clinton said.
Clinton was more than two hours late to her speech, as mournful supporters sat and reflected on the loss while waiting.
Her Vice Presidential candidate Tim Kaine introduced Clinton and admitted defeat, but quoted the poet William Faulkner.
“They killed us, but they ain’t whooped us yet,” he said.
Clinton finally re-appeared after she abruptly canceled her scheduled appearance at the Javits Center in Manhattan on election night, unable to face her devastated supporters in a venue they’d chosen for a grand victory.
But as she entered the room, her staffers and close supporters clapped wildly.
She specifically reached out to young women who supported her, adding that she was proud to serve as their “champion.”
She admitted that she failed to break the proverbial “glass ceiling” but appeared hopeful that it would happen soon.
“I know we have still not shattered that highest and hardest glass ceiling, but someday someone will,” she said.