US Democratic presidential candidate gave a powerful and emotional concession speech hours after she lost the 2016 presidential election to Donald Trump.
Surrounded by her campaign team, supporters and the press, Ms Clinton walked on stage to urge voters to keep “an open mind” when Mr Trump enters the Oval Office, and for young women not to “lose hope”.
The full transcript of her speech is below:
. Thank you all.
Thank you. Thank you all very much.
Thank you. Thank you all very much. Thank you so much. A very rowdy group. Thank you, my friends. Thank you. Thank you.
Thank you so very much for being here. I love you all, too. 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. 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.
But I feel pride and gratitude for this wonderful campaign that we built together. This vast, diverse, creative, unruly, energised campaign. You represent the best of America, and being your candidate has been one of the greatest honours of my life.
I know how disappointed you feel, because I feel it too. And so do tens of millions of Americans who invested their hopes and dreams in this effort. This is painful, and it will be for a long time. But I want you to remember this.
Our campaign was never about one person, or even one election. It was about the country we love and building an America that is hopeful, inclusive, and big-hearted. We have seen that our nation is more deeply divided than we thought. But I still believe in America, and I always will. And if
you do, then we must accept this result and then look to the future. Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and the chance
to lead. Our constitutional democracy enshrines the peaceful transfer of power.
We don’t just respect that. We cherish it. It also enshrines the rule of law; the principle we are all equal in rights and dignity; freedom of worship and expression. We respect and cherish these values, too, and we must defend them.