Clinton apologizes to Americans for losing in her concession speech

Democratic Presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, on Wednesday, November 9 conceded defeat to U.S. president-elect Donald John Trump.

In her concession speech delivered at Peninsula Hotel in Manhattan, Clinton apologized to all her supports for the loss saying that it is not what they expected but urging them to respect the results.

“I’m sorry that we did not win this election for the values we share and the visions we hold but I feel pride and gratitude,” Clinton began.

“This is painful and it will be for a long time but our campaign was about building an America that is inclusive. I believe in America and always will.”

She urged Americans to support Trump and while citing the constitution and the rule of law adding that they cherish peaceful transfer of power.

“I still believe in America and I always will. If you do, we must accept this result and look to the future. Donald Trump is going to be our President and we owe him an open mind and a chance to lead.”

“I hope he will be a successful president for all Americans.”

“This loss hurts but never stop believing that fight for what is right is always worth it for now and for the rest of your lives,” she added.

Clinton took time to thank her family, friend and the entire campaign team who worked tirelessly throughout the campaign period.

“I feel pride and gratitude for this campaign we built together and being your candidate has been the greatest honour of my life.”

“I will always be grateful to our creative and dedicated young men and women in our campaign team.”

Earlier on, President-elect Donald Trump congratulated Clinton for her resilience in the race which he termed as tough and nasty.

“Hillary has worked very hard for a long period of time and we owe her a major debt of gratitude for her service to our country,” Trump said.

Clinton was elected in 2000 as the first female senator from New York, the only first lady ever to seek elective office.

She was re-elected to the Senate in 2006. Running for president in 2008, she won far more delegates than any previous female candidate, but lost the Democratic nomination to Barack Obama.

Leaving office after Obama’s first term, she wrote her fifth book and undertook speaking engagements before announcing her second presidential run in the 2016 election.

Clinton received the most votes and primary delegates in the 2016 Democratic primaries, formally accepting her party’s nomination for President of the United States on July 28, 2016, with vice presidential running mate Senator Tim Kaine.

She became the first female candidate to be nominated for president by a major U.S. political party.

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