Wednesday, the morning after she snubbed her campaign workers and millions of supporters across the U.S. by refusing to speak when Donald Trump won the presidency, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton told Americans, “Our nation is more deeply divided than we thought.”
After acknowledging Trump’s victory, she said: “Last night, I congratulated Donald Trump and offered to work with him. I hope he will be a successful president for all Americans.”
She said the outcome of the election was “not the outcome we wanted” and acknowledged it hurt.
“This is painful and it will be for a long time.”
But she expressed gratitude to her backers.
“You represent the best of America, and being your candidate has been one of the greatest honors of my life,” she said.
Clinton repeatedly emphasized her own campaign’s theme of being “inclusive.” She cited the nation’s “rule of law, the principle we are equal in rights and dignity, freedom of worship and expression.”
Also, she urged “making the economy work for everyone, protecting our country and planet, and breaking down the barriers that hold any American back.”
“We spent a year and a half bringing together millions of people … to say with one voice we believe the American dream is big enough for everyone,” she said.
She insisted on having a “fairer” America.
She also acknowledged the debt owed by “our country” to President Obama, whose agenda essentially was rejected by voters Tuesday.
In his introduction of Clinton, vice-presidential nominee Tim Kaine got in a couple of last digs at Trump, saying nobody had to wonder whether Clinton would accept the results of the election and that Clinton “loves this country.”
On Tuesday night, when Trump appeared to have secured the victory, Clinton decided against speaking to her campaign staff and supporters, instead dispatching campaign chairman John Podesta, who said, “They’re still counting votes, and every vote should count.”
Trump currently has 276 Electoral College votes, above the necessary 270. Clinton has 229, with Arizona, Michigan and New Hampshire still undecided.
Trump won Kentucky, Indiana, West Virginia, South Carolina, Missouri, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Alabama, Kansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, Wyoming, Arkansas, Louisiana, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, North Carolina, Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Utah, Wisconsin, Iowa, Georgia and Pennsylvania.
Clinton won Vermont, Illinois, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland, Rhode Island, Delaware, the District of Columbia, New York, Connecticut, New Mexico, Virginia, Colorado, California, Washington, Hawaii, Oregon, Nevada, Minnesota and Maine.
“This is a modern-day political miracle that you’re witnessing before your eyes,” declared the Fox News Channel’s’ Sean Hannity. “America is saying, ‘Enough is enough with failed policies.'”
After his victory was secured, Trump took the stage at his New York headquarters.
“I’ve just received a call from Secretary Clinton. She congratulated us – it’s about us – on our victory. And I congratulated her and her family on a very, very hard-fought campaign. She fought very hard. Hillary has worked very long and very hard over a long period of time. And we owe her a major debt of gratitude for her service to our country.”
Trump said it’s time for all Americans “to come together as one united people.”
“I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president of all Americans, and this is so important to me,” he said. “For those who have chosen not to support me in the past. … I’m reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so we can unify our great country. … Ours was not a campaign but an incredible and great movement.”