Hillary Clinton publicly conceded the presidential election this morning, asking her supporters to give Donald Trump a chance to lead, while acknowledging the pain of the defeat.
“Last night I congratulated Donald Trump and offered to work with him on behalf of our country,” Clinton said. “I hope that he will be a successful president for all Americans.”
Clinton said Trump will become the next president and is owed an open mind with a chance to lead. She also urged her supporters to continue working for the values of Clinton’s campaign.
Graduate student Katie Anderson was not surprised by the election results but was surprised by voter turnout in the swing states.
Graduate student Michael McCann agreed.
Clinton thanked her supporters and told them that in her life and career she had both successes and setbacks and that they will as well.
“This loss hurts, but please never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it,” Clinton said.
She addressed the historic achievement of becoming the first women to be a presidential nominee.
“I know we have still not shattered the highest and hardest glass ceiling, but someday someone will,” Clinton said. “And to all 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 to achieve your own dreams.”
Clinton also apologized to her supporters for the election results.
“This is not the outcome we wanted or worked so hard for,” Clinton said. “And I am sorry we did not win this election – for the values we share and the visions we hold for this country.”
Clinton said her supporters “represented the best in America.”
“Being your candidate has been one of the biggest honors of my life,” Clinton said.
The email scandals played a difference in the campaign results, McCann said.
“In the last week there was a lot going on with the emails and Clinton Foundation,” McCann said.
Trump secured the presidency with 279 electoral votes, but Clinton won the popular vote, with just over 200,000 more votes than Trump, according to the Associated Press.
“Our constitution demands our participation, not just every four years, but all the time,” Clinton said. “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 on the top, protecting our country and protecting our planet and breaking down all the barriers that hold any American back from achieving their dreams.”