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Hillary Clinton’s concession speech was a lesson in elegance

And it will make you cry (in case you weren't already)

“It hurts.”

With those words, Hillary Clinton acknowledged the waves of collective shock and disappointment that had rippled across the world following the shock election of Donald Trump.

Last night the Democratic candidate for US President made her concession speech to a hundreds of tearful supporters and aids in the New Yorker Hotel’s Grand Ballroom.

She called on her supporters to accept Trump’s appointment, while simultaneously delivering a coded warning over human rights to the incoming President. However, it was her message to young women that will be remembered by the millions of American women who voted for her, and the millions more across the world who believed that US history was about to be made with the appointment of the country’s first female President.

“I know we have still not shattered that highest and hardest glass ceiling, but someday, someone will, and hopefully sooner than we might think right now.”

“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.”

“This is not the outcome that we wanted and we worked so hard for, and I am sorry that we did not win this election,” she told supporters.

However, she urged Americans to give Trump “the chance to lead”. 

“Last night, I congratulated Donald Trump and offered to work with him on behalf of our country. I hope that he will be a successful president for all Americans,” Clinton said. “Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and a chance to lead.”
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However she delivered a warning shot to her former opponent, in a comments widely perceived to relate to his stance on Muslim immigration and women’s rights.

“Our constitutional democracy enshrines the peaceful transfer of power and we don’t just respect that, we cherish it,” she said. “It also enshrines other things: the rule of law, the principle that we are equal in rights and dignity, freedom of worship and expression. We respect and cherish these values too and we must defend them.”

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