Hillary had a tough pill to swallow. We don’t feel too sorry for her, though. After all the deception she pulled, karma came back around and is biting her in the butt now. And maybe, just maybe, this is only the beginning of her problems. She still has a lot to answer for.
An emotional Hillary Clinton finally publicly conceded the presidential election just before midday on Wednesday – telling the nation: ‘Donald Trump is going to be our president.’
Flanked by her husband Bill and daughter Chelsea, she spoke in a New York hotel to cheering supporters who rose to their feet as she entered the room.
In the final act of a political career which took her to the verge of being the first female president, she said that now it was Trump’s time.
‘Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead,’ she said.
‘I hope that he will be a successful president for all Americans.’
She went on: ‘Last night I congratulated Donald Trump and offered to work with him on behalf of our country.
‘This is not the outcome that we wanted or worked so hard for. But I feel pride and gratitude for this wonderful campaign that we built together.
‘Being your candidate has been one of the greatest honors of my life.’
She added: ‘This is painful and it will be for a long time.’
Clinton, 69, performed her last act as a presidential candidate on Wednesday morning – a concession speech delivered from a hastily set up stage at a hotel several blocks away from spot she had planned to celebrate with her supporters the evening before.
‘Thank you,’ Clinton began, clearing her throat several times as her supporters clapped and cheered.
The crowd at the downmarket New Yorker hotel’s ballroom had first risen to their feet when her running mate, Tim Kaine, admitted defeat but said: ‘She won the popular vote.’
His voice trembling with emotion, he said she was ‘a great history-maker’ as he listed her achievements ‘as a woman’.
Unlike the Javits Center location, which had a glass enclosure the campaign already been invoking as a symbol for what the campaign thought would be a barrier breaking victory, the room had a plaster ceiling with molding and glass chandeliers in keeping with the buildings 1930s era décor.
The room was several-fold smaller than the huge National Building Museum in Washington where Clinton had delivered her first ‘glass ceiling’ speech eight years earlier at a raucous event.
The campaign ran through its playlist, as shell shocked staffers waited in virtual silence for the candidate.
She made her way to the event form the Peninsula Hotel, where she had been holed up watching the stunning returns.
She arrived at the New Yorker in one of the Secret Service ‘Scooby vans’ she became known for. She used one to launch her campaign, showing up incognito at a chain restaurant where she wasn’t even recognized.
Longtime Clinton advisors where shocked, and frequently at a loss for explanation. One advisor who assisted Clinton in both of her failed efforts admitted to having ‘no f***ing idea’ that this would happen.
Another vented online about longtime Clinton advisor Cheryl Mills, who is believed to have helped arrange the private email server that contributed to Clinton’s defeat.
‘There is a special place in hell for the senior staff – by most accounts Cheryl Mills – that allowed her to set that damn thing up,’ longtime Ted Kennedy aid Jim Manley told DailyMail.com.
Clinton’s public concession occurred more than 9 hours after the results of the election were known. Her staff never replied to queries about why she didn’t come out Tuesday night, when supporters were already gathered for an election watch party.
The only campaign figure to address the Tuesday night crowd at the Javits Center was campaign chief John Podesta, who told distraught supporters: ‘They’re still counting votes, and every vote should count.’
Shortly after sending her campaign chairman to give her supporters that it was not over, Clinton made a private call to Trump to concede – a humiliating and bizarre end to a political career which had put her on the verge of being the first female president.
Trump won with 276 electoral votes to Clinton’s 218. Meanwhile, Clinton surpassed Trump in the popular vote as of Wednesday morning, and it was announced at about 10am that she had won Minnesota.
Since then, words of support have come into Trump from around the world – including a telegram from Russian President Vladimir Putin, a leader Trump has said he wants to have closer relations with even as US intelligence officials connect his government with hacking.
Clinton will speak just after trading opens at the New York stock exchange, at a time when there has been a collapse in futures markets and the dollar has seen a drop.
Trump surprised some of his harshest critics on Tuesday night by offering gracious words for Clinton during his victory speech at Trump Tower.
‘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,’ he said. ‘I mean that very sincerely.
‘Now it is time for America to bind the wounds of division, have to get together. To all Republicans and Democrats and independents across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people.’
Asked on CNN Wednesday whether Trump would follow through on a campaign promise to appoint a special prosecutor to pursue Hillary Clinton, Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway responded: ‘We didn’t’ discuss that last night, and he didn’t’ discuss it with Hillary Clinton on the phone.
Pressed, she noticed that Trump had said ‘we need to heal and bind the wounds of a nation’ – but didn’t directly answer.
‘He’s going to work with everyone,’ she said.
A White House spokesperson said early Wednesday that President Barack Obama called Trump after his victory and invited him to the White House on Thursday to discuss the transition of power.
Conway also spoke about the call between the two men during an appearance on Today Wednesday morning, saying: ‘Well, it was a very warm conversation.
‘We were happy to receive the call from the President and they had a great, thorough conversation about Mr. Trump’s victory, he was congratulated, and I think they resolved to work together, which is exactly what this country needs – to get the current president and the president elect and others who are in leadership position to help unify and heal the country.’