Clinton Concedes: We Owe Trump 'An Open Mind and the Chance to Lead'
In a heavily emotional concession speech, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged the American people to accept the result of the presidential election and to give Donald Trump a shot at governing. Her speech could be seen as an urgent plea that her supporters do not riot and protest the election, emphasizing other ways to keep fighting for their values.
"We must accept this result and then look to the future," Clinton declared. "Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead."
The Democrat nominee urged her supporters to accept the peaceful transition of power, which America holds just as dear as the values her campaign fought for.
Our constitutional democracy enshrines the peaceful transfer of power. We don't just respect that. We cherish it. It also enshrines the rule of law; the principle we are equal in rights and dignity, freedom of worship and expression. We respect and cherish these values, too, and we must defend them.
Clinton told supporters to participate in government "not just every four years, but all the time," a call for Democrats to follow the normal rules of government and try to hold Trump accountable.
So let's do all we can to keep advancing the causes and values we all hold dear: making our economy work for everyone — not just those at the top — protecting our country, and protecting our planet.
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.
One could argue this is meant to sent Trump a message: if he acts on policies which Democrats consider a threat to Mexicans, Muslims, women, immigrants, LGBT people, and those with disabilities, they will strike back.
Then again, this is Clinton acknowledging the various groups in the Democratic coalition, urging them to keep fighting for what they believe and to accept the results of the election.
The Democrat nominee also emphasized the historic nature of her campaign as the first woman nominee from a major party.
"Now, I know we have still not shattered that highest and hardest glass ceiling, but some day someone will, and hopefully sooner than we might think right now," Clinton declared. "And 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."
There was a powerful irony in the Democrats' song selection, including Demi Lovato's "Confident." The song asks, "What's wrong with being confident?" Well, I think no one knows the answer to that question more than Hillary Clinton right now. Hubris hurts.
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