After the official announcement that Donald Trump has won the 2016 presidential election, the public has anxiously waited for the speeches of Hillary Clinton and other notable politicians.
The day started with Paul Ryan, who said it was the most incredible political feat he has seen in his lifetime. He then went on to praise Donald Trump for tapping into the apparent fears that many Americans have. He also admitted the Trump will lead a united Republican party.
“We do remain a sharply divided country,” he said. “We have to work to heal the divisions of a campaign.”
Then, Tim Kaine took the stage in New York to introduce Secretary Clinton. He addressed the room and attempted to uplift much of the defeat felt in the room.
He began by congratulating her for winning the popular vote of the election and quoted Langston Hughes. He credited her incredible work in public service.
“Her loyalty and compassion is something so remarkable,” Kaine said to the room.
The big moment for Tim Kaine came when he delivered a William Faulkner quote that lifted the whole room.
“They killed us, but they ain’t whooped us yet,” Kaine said to a crowd that rose to a standing ovation.
When he finished his statements, he seemed very emotional. But finally, he took a breath and introduced Hillary Clinton.
Clinton strongly walked out to a powerful standing ovation and appeared to be holding back tears.
“This is not the outcome we wanted, and I’m sorry we did not win this election for the values we share for our country,” she began to say.
“This is painful, and it will be for a long time,” Clinton emotionally admitted.
She then switched gears and encouraged others to look ahead to a better time.
“We must look to the future,” Clinton said. “We owe [Donald Trump] an open mind and a chance to lead.”
She also thanked Tim Kaine and his wife Anne. Before leaving the stage, she admitted that our country owes Barack and Michelle Obama an enormous debt of gratitude.
Although this is a tough defeat to stomach, Hillary eloquently told the American public not to grow weary, for we have more work to do.
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