Today, America chose its most important representative. Today, America defined itself. Today, America showed one of its darkest sides. Today will be remembered in history, and most likely not as a happy event. This morning it was with great regret to find out that Mr. Trump has won the presidency and will be the 45th President of the United States, a title he is not worthy of. A title people have fought for. A title that is respected and cherished by millions of Americans. A title Mr. Trump does not deserve. And I’ve got no words for it.
Hillary Clinton has fought her entire adult life to ensure equal rights for men, women and minorities of all kind. During her life, she has been one of the most important advocates for children’s and women’s right, ensuring that everyone has equal access to health services, among many others. She has fought for people of all races, and religions, for men and women, for immigrants, for LGBT people, and people with disabilities. For everyone. America is and should be an open country, because the American dream is big enough for everyone. Donald Trump needn’t make America great again, because America is great and would have been great. Now, we don’t know what the future holds in store for us.
Among being First Lady of the United States and First Lady of Arizona, she was also a Senator from New York and Secretary of State, making her the most suitable candidate for becoming president. But today, more than 48% of Americans have proven that they do not have common sense. Hillary wasn’t just qualified to become president, she deserved to. In her lifetime, she deserves, or deserved to be, the first female president of the US. And that’s what makes me sad. She had an opportunity in 2008 but didn’t win the nomination. She had another one now, but people did not vote for her. This is devastating, primarily because, unlike Mr. Trump, she loves America and she’s given her life to make America better every day. She did not just take thinks for granted and she’ had successes and setbacks, sometimes even painful ones (such as today), but she did not stop fighting. And that says a lot about her character.
To all of us, and to the young people in particular, I hope you will hear this — I have, as Tim said, I have spent my entire life fighting for what I believe in. I’ve had successes and setbacks and sometimes painful ones. Many of you are at the beginning of your professional, public, and political careers — you will have successes and setbacks too. This loss hurts, but please never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it. It is, it is worth it. And so we need — we need you to keep up these fights now and for the rest of your lives. And to all the women, and especially the young women, who put their faith in this campaign and in me: I want you to know that nothing has made me prouder than to be your champion.
– Hillary’s concession speech
Hillary as a president was really a beautiful dream. A dream where people lived in harmony, peace and the only feeling that dominated was love. A utopia, a beautiful world. A world where people broke all the mental barriers and lived harmoniously together. But yes, it was just a dream. Now, everyday we have to wake up to the reality that Mr. Trump is president. A world full of hatred and racism. A world, where there is no love, no equality, a world where minorities are discriminated against. A world of hate.
So congratulations to all of you who voted for Donald Trump. Would you like to know what the “Trump for president” package contains. Well here are some of the most important features and let me congratulate you for choosing them. Congratulations for choosing a man who doesn’t respect women and moral values, who is sexist and misogynistic. Congratulations for electing someone who clearly is close-minded and is discriminatory against all he cannot understand. Congratulations for choosing a man who has spent his entire adult life fighting only to become richer. Congratulations for electing Trump, a man who will fight against all of Americas minorities (which include the LGBT, Latino, Black, Asian, Muslim, among many others). Congratulations for choosing someone who encourages war and congratulations for electing someone who is not capable of being president and who manipulated you from the very beginning.
This is not necessarily a failure for feminism, equality, diversity and freedom, values which Hillary represented, it’s a failure for America, as a nation. It’s a failure for America’s future, especially now that so much progress has been made during the course of the last 8 years. We have lost many times over and come back to fight another day. And surely we will do it again. But this is a big, hard, misogynist hit. And it stings.
Finally, finally, I am so grateful for our country and for all it has given to me. I count my blessings every single day that I am an American, and I still believe, as deeply as I ever have, that if we stand together and work together with respect for our differences, strengthen our convictions, and love for this nation, our best days are still ahead of us. Because, you know, I believe we are stronger together and we will go forward together. And you should never, ever regret fighting for that. You know, scripture tells us, let us not grow weary of doing good, for in good season we shall reap. My friends, let us have faith in each other, let us not grow weary and lose heart, for there are more seasons to come and there is more work to do. I am incredibly honored and grateful to have had this chance to represent all of you in this consequential election.
– Hillary’s concession speech
But the US didn’t choose you, Madam Secretary. You may have not shattered the glass ceiling, but it’s got more than 48 Million cracks in it. And maybe someday, in the near future, someone will finally manage to break it. But definitely you made history this year. You’ve been the only woman to have received the nomination of a major political party. Therefore you have paved the way for an equal and strong America. But until we get there, it’s going to be a very long ride. I’ve been a proud supporter of yours and I admire you. I admire your strength, your commitment and your passion and dedication for what you do. I admire your for your willpower and for the inner force that drives you to amazing things. Without you, and without your ambition to change something in this world, regarding women’s and children’s rights, our world probably wouldn’t have been the same today. You may not have won the election this time. You may not have conquered hate. America has proven today, that it still isn’t the most friendly country on earth. You wanted to change that, but sadly, you couldn’t. But don’t worry, you have won millions of hearts during your campaign. And one of them, someday, will become president and will take your legacy further. You will always be remembered. You are a true hero. A hero for women, for men, for girls, for boys, for gays, for trans people, for lesbians, for muslims, for afro-americans, for mexicans. A hero for everyone.
Thank you. Thank you for everything. We have, and we will always cherish and remember you.
Before I conclude, I would like to share some thoughts of Mary Schmich from the Chicago Tribune. I believe no one would have said it better than her; she speaks for all of us who believe in a beautiful future, a future full of hope and harmony. But before I do that, I want to say just one more thing: Love will always trump hate. Always.
“Thank you, Hillary.
Thank you for not giving up. For giving it your all. Thank you for giving us hope that one day, if not this day, a woman will run the United States of America. Thank you for getting up day after day and girding for battle, in your pantsuits of many colors, for doing it when you were exhausted and insulted, for doing it with pneumonia and in heels. Those of us who believed in you — believe in you — are so, so sad today, sad to the point of sick, but also grateful. When I say “we” I mean women and men, but for women this is especially personal.
Thank you for giving us a reason, during this exhausting campaign, to think about what our mothers and grandmothers endured in the march toward women’s equality, for reminding us that it wasn’t so long ago that women in this land of liberty were denied the right to own property, the right to serve on juries, the right to birth control, the right to vote.
Thank you for the lessons you helped us to teach the girls of 2016. One of those lessons is that their opportunities are so much greater than the opportunities of the women who came before them — because of those women who, like you, were often belittled, pushed to the side, told no way.
Another lesson, as your loss shows, is that progress for women is not done. Not yet. Not close. Progress comes slowly, through the work of one woman at a time, with many women joining forces, aided by men, and even then, as we have learned once again, an army of believers may not be able to breach the barriers.
On Election Day, crowds gathered in a cemetery in Rochester, N.Y., to lay flowers and their “I Voted” stickers on the grave of Susan B. Anthony, who campaigned for women’s right to vote then died before her dream came true. In Chicago, voters flocked to the grave of Ida B. Wells, the black feminist and activist who campaigned for the rights of black women.
Thank you for giving us this chance to revisit our history. It fortifies us. Not all women voted for you. But you inspired legions of us to rise up and say it’s time, time for a woman — at least one as qualified as you, so much more qualified than her opponent — to lead this country that for all its 240 years has been run by men.
You inspired women of a certain age to fish their old pantsuits out of the closet and women of a younger age to go to the vintage store and buy one. You inspired us to laugh, ruefully, at the pantsuit, a symbol of how careful a woman must be in how she presents her body when she seeks power.
Thank you for helping us keep our sense of humor.
And thanks for showing how it’s possible to stay classy in a fight. For standing on public stages with a man who called you a nasty woman and not sinking to his low ground. We thank him for giving us a rallying cry. The nasty women are sticking around as the fight goes on for a country that respects its women, its immigrants, people of all kinds.
By Wednesday morning many people were publicly vowing to work harder on behalf of the people the next president has disparaged and who will be more vulnerable with him in charge.
Oh, and thank you for not being afraid to talk about love and kindness, for reminding us that those aren’t girly words — they’re the words of a leader, the bedrock of a vision.
Your loss will be analysed and reanalysed for years. Was it because you were too established? Because you didn’t connect with a certain swath of Americans, mostly white, who feel their way of life is threatened? Because you were a Democrat?
Was it because the labels “crook” and “liar” stuck, even when the facts weren’t there to back them up? Because, for reasons that mystify the legions of us who found you to be smart and genuine, your smile struck many people as fake, your voice struck them as shrill?
Was it because you were a woman?
The fact that you are a woman doesn’t explain it all, but it figures in.
On Tuesday night, as the votes piled up, I went to bed. What would be would be. I couldn’t sleep, though, and kept glancing at my phone as my dearest friends, from around the country, started to text.
I will save those texts as testament to the moment the dream of 2016 died.
“This is terrifying.”
“I can’t even begin to fathom this.”
“Should I just pour myself a drink and go to bed?”
“Just heard that the Canadian immigration site has crashed.”
“May you wake up to a happy surprise.”
There was no happy surprise, just the news that the next president of the United States will be a man, a man who denigrates women.
And yet progress comes anyway. You have been part of our progress.
On the morning after your defeat, I re-read an email from a friend who wrote this to me after she voted:
“I don’t know if Hillary is going to win on Tuesday or even if she does, what kind of continuing nonsense she’ll have to overcome from Trump and his followers.
“I just know that when I marked that circle and put my ballot in the machine, there was a sense that there was and is no going back. Hillary may not win, but we as women will win. Maybe not this election, but because of this election, there’s no going back — no putting this genie back in the bottle.”
Thank you, Hillary, for letting the genie out of the bottle.
We owe you.“
– Mary Schmich (Twitter @MarySchmich)
We do, indeed. Thank you one more time. God bless you