In a gracious turn to her opponent — and a nod to women and girls who saw her as a role model — Hillary Clinton urged Americans on Wednesday not to give up on the values they embraced in her.
“I know how disappointed you feel, because I feel it, too,” Clinton told a room full of supporters in her first public remarks since her stunning defeat in the race for the White House. “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’s hopeful, inclusive, and big-hearted.”
“I still believe in America, and I always will,” Clinton said.
The Democratic nominee had called Donald Trump in the wee hours of Wednesday morning to concede after the real estate mogul pulled off his shocking upset, capping off an election where all conventions were seemingly thrown to the wayside.
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