|US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton pauses as she makes a concession speech after being defeated by Republican President-elect Donald Trump (Picture: Getty)|
Clinton, largely dubbed as the most qualified candidate for the presidency in recent history, said: ‘Last night I congratulated Donald Trump and offered to work with him.’ She said she told supporters she hopes Donald Trump will be ‘a successful president for all Americans’.
‘You represent the best of America and being your candidate has been one of the greatest honour of my life’, she told the crowd, who she joked were ‘rowdy’.
Hillary Clinton concedes to Donald Trump
Continuing what is surely the most painful speech of her entire career, Clinton added: ‘We must accept this result. Donald Trump is going to be President. We owe him an open mind and a chance to lead.
‘Please, never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it. We need you to keep up these fights now and for the rest of you lives. ‘To the women, especially the young women, who put their faith in me and this campaign, know that nothing has made me prouder to be your champion.
‘I know we have still not shattered that glass ceiling, but hopefully soon somebody will and sooner than we might think right now. ‘To all the little girls watching, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful & deserving of every chance & opportunity in the world.’
Perhaps subtly hinting at defeat as the results came trickling in state by state last night, Clinton shared a heartfelt thanks to her team.
This team has so much to be proud of. Whatever happens tonight, thank you for everything. pic.twitter.com/x13iWOzILL— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 9, 2016
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon described Hillary Clinton as ‘a powerful symbol of women’s empowerment’ and said on he hopes the administration of Donald Trump will ‘strengthen the bonds of international cooperation’.