NEW YORK CITY — Hillary Clinton formally conceded the election to Donald Trump on Wednesday.
“Donald Trump is going to be our president,” she said. “We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead.”
Clinton did not personally address her supporters gathered at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center Tuesday evening. Instead, her campaign chairman, John Podesta, told the crowd early Wednesday morning that they should “head home” as votes continued to be counted in several states. She reportedly privately conceded to Trump during a phone call shortly thereafter.
Clinton, reeling from a stunning upset, said Wednesday that she offered her congratulations to Trump and wished him well as president, adding, “I hope that he will be a successful president for all Americans.”
She acknowledged that her loss “is painful and it will be for a long time,” and said she was sorry that she lost the election, but she is proud of the campaign she ran.
“Being your candidate has been one of the greatest honors of my life,” she said.
Clinton said that she has spent her “entire adult life” fighting for her beliefs.
“I’ve had successes, and I’ve had setbacks, sometimes really painful ones,” she said, telling her supporters that they will as well but they should “never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it.”
Clinton said that while she did not succeed in shattering the proverbial glass ceiling by becoming the first female president she knows that “someday someone will."
Clinton was introduced by an emotional Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, her running mate, who said he was “proud” of Clinton, whom he called a “history maker.”