Hillary Clinton Finally Concedes: ‘This Is Painful and It Will Be for a Long Time’

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By Andrew Stiles | 1:21 pm, November 9, 2016

Hillary Clinton finally delivered a concession speech on Wednesday after suffering an embarrassing defeat in the presidential race against Republican Donald Trump.

Clinton did not address the crowd of supporters who gathered in Manhattan late Tuesday in the hope of celebrating a victory, probably┬ábecause she wasn’t expecting to give a concession speech. She did eventually call Trump to concede the race, but waited until morning to give a formal address.

Clinton’s concession speech was largely well received, even by critics. She did not lash out or challenge the result. “Donald Trump is going to be our president,” she said. “We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead.”

The former secretary of state called on supporters accept the outcome of the election and “look to the future.” The election had show “that our nation is more deeply divided than we thought,” Clinton said, while insisting that her disappointed supporters must “respect” and “cherish” the peaceful transfer of power.

Clinton expressed sympathy for her demoralized fans. “This is painful and it will be for a long time, but I want you to remember this,” she said. “Our campaign was never about one person or even one election. It was about the country we love and about building an America that’s hopeful, inclusive, and big-hearted.”

Clinton addressed her young supporters in particular, offering a message of hope. “I’ve had successes and I’ve had setback,” she said. “Sometime, really painful ones. Many of you are at the beginning of your professional public and political careers. You will have successes and setbacks, too.”

Hillary Clinton top campaign advisers looked on in the front row. They looked like they’d had a rough night.

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