Washington: Hillary Clinton said she felt “pride and gratitude” for her campaign on Wednesday morning, hours after her shocking defeat at the hands of Donald Trump.
“I hope that he will be a successful president for all Americans. This is not the outcome we wanted or we worked so hard for, and I’m sorry we did not win this election for the values we share and the vision we hold for our country,” Clinton said in what amounted to her concession speech.
“We have seen our nation is more deeply divided than we thought, but I still believe in America, and I always will.”
The Democratic nominee for president spoke at the New Yorker hotel in midtown Manhattan to boisterous applause, where she was introduced by running mate Tim Kaine. President Bill Clinton and their daughter Chelsea were in attendance.
NBC News data showed Clinton was actually leading the Republican Trump in the nationwide popular vote by almost 200,000 votes, though he was ahead comfortably in the electoral college that ultimately decides the presidency.
It would mark the second time in five elections that a Democrat won the popular vote but lost the electoral college, after the George W. Bush – Al Gore race in 2000.