Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Election 2016: Clinton concedes

Hillary Clinton has officially given her concession speech, speaking to supporters in New York, around 8 or so hours after it was announced that Donald Trump would be the 45th President of the United States.

Tim Kaine, defeated Vice Presidential nominee, took to the stage first and appeared visibly emotional as he began to address the crowd, starting by saying that he and his wife were very proud of Hillary, for her past achievements in office and for her 2016 campaign.

Clinton took to the stage to concede saying that she hoped Donald Trump's Presidency is a success, adding that she hopes he will be a President for ALL Americans, focussing strongly on her campaign message that America is "stronger together".

The fact that the United States has not yet had a female President also featured as part of the speech, but Clinton did not despair over the fact saying "we still have not shattered that glass ceiling, but someday, someone will", suggesting it won't be her but one day the US will have a woman in charge.

Clinton stayed on her message to women voters, urging young girls to pursue their dreams, no matter what, and Clinton had the following message to her female supporters "nothing has made me prouder than to be your champion".

It was a speech delivered with clear devastation on the part of Clinton, it was short and sweet and the impact of a long, hard fought campaign was clearly visible. Clinton lost out on being the Democratic nominee in 2008, when she was defeated by Obama, and now as candidate has been defeated by the GOP.

So that really punctuates this race for the White House. Trump has won and made his acceptance speech, Clinton has lost and conceded. Many do believe that will be it for Clinton's political career, which has spanned decades from First Lady to Secretary of State and her speech did seem final from the 69 year-old. So a female President I'm sure, someday will take office, but that person won't be Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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