After refusing to address supporters last night in New York, Hillary finally took the stage, only an hour behind schedule, to make her last speech as a Democratic nominee for President this afternoon. As she seemingly fought back tears during the entire speech, Hillary admitted that, like it or not, "Donald Trump is going to be our president and we owe him an open mind and a chance to lead.”
“Last night, I congratulated Donald Trump and offered to work with him on behalf of our country. I hope that he will be a successful president for all Americans,” she said in a New York hotel ballroom.
Clinton conceded the presidential race, saying “this is painful, and it will be for a very long time.”
“I’m sorry we didn’t win this election for the values we share and the vision we hold for our country,” she added.
She encouraged Democrats to respect the outcome of the election and the "constitutional democracy that enshrines the peaceful transfer of power.”
But she acknowledged Democrats will need to fight hard to protect their values.
“I feel pride and gratitude for this wonderful campaign that we built together, this vast, diverse, creative, unruly, energized campaign,” she said. “You represent the best of America and being your candidate has been one of the greatest honors of my life.”
It wasn't a shattered glass ceiling and a massive fireworks show on the Hudson but at least we can all now move beyond the 2016 presidential campaign.