Hillary Clinton stepped out for the first time on Wednesday morning after losing the presidential election to Donald Trump.
After her running mate Tim Kaine introduced her at the New Yorker Hotel in Manhattan, Clinton came out smiling alongside husband and former president Bill Clinton and daughter Chelsea. "Donald Trump is going to be our president," she told her supporters. "We owe him an open mind."
"I hope that he will be a successful president for all Americans," Clinton said. "This is not the outcome we wanted or we worked so hard for. I'm sorry that we did not win this election for the values we share."
"You represent the best of America, and being your candidate has been one of the greatest honors of my life," she added. "This is painful, and it will be for a long time."
"I have spent my entire adult life fighting for what I believe in. I've had successes and setbacks," she told her supporters. "This loss hurts, but please never stop believing and fighting for what's right. It's worth it."
In the most emotional moment of her speech, Clinton addressed the millions of girls and young women who voted for her in the election.
"And to all the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you
are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity
in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams," she
proclaimed. "We still have not shattered that highest and hardest
glass ceiling -- but some day, someone will."
Clinton had a slew of celebrities backing her run for office, and following her speech, a few tweeted out their admiration for her.
Thank you @HillaryClinton for your speech and for your endless bravery. We are stronger together.
that that Clinton called Trump at 2:30 a.m. to concede, but gave no
speech at the Javits Center on Tuesday night. Instead, campaign chairman
John Podesta told supporters that Clinton would not be speaking and
sent everyone home.