Hillary Clinton Speaks Of ‘Painful’ Defeat But Issues Warning To Donald Trump In Emotional Speech

During the campaign, Trump hinted he may not accept the result of the election if he lost. However Clinton said today that her supporters must recognise that “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, and we don’t just respect that, we cherish it.

In words that will be seen as a warning to Trump, Clinton added:

“It also enshrines other things. The rule of law. The principle that 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.”

During the campaign, Trump was also mocked the disabled, proposed banning all Muslims from the United States, criticised the parents of an American solider killed in Iraq and lied about having supported the war, questioned the impartiality of a judge based on their ethnicity, made fun of a Republican Senator who had been a prisoner during Vietnam, praised Vladimir Putin, refused to rule out dropping nuclear weapons on Europe, encouraged violence against protestors, claimed the election was rigged and suggested he would not accept the result.

Clinton meanwhile was dogged by allegations she had improperly used a private email server while serving as Secretary of State.

The 69-year-old today also urged Democrats not to give up in the face of Trump’s victory. “Let us have faith in each other,” she said. “Let us not grow weary. Let us not lose heart. There are more seasons to come. There is more work to do.”

Earlier today, Obama called Trump, the man who long attempted to delegitimise his presidency by pushing the untrue claim he was not born in the US,  to congratulate him for winning the race.

Obama also called Clinton, a woman he endorsed and campaigned for, “and expressed admiration for the strong campaign she waged throughout the country,” according to a statement from White House press secretary Josh Earnest.

He said in a speech at the White House today: “I’ve said before. I think of this job as being a relay runner. You take the baton and you run your best race. And hopefully by the time you hand it off you’re a little further ahead, you’ve made a little progress.

“It is hard and sometimes contentious and noisy and its not always inspiring. But to the young people who got into politics for the first time and may be disappointed by the results, I just want you to know – you have to stay encouraged. Don’t get cynical. Don’t ever think you can’t make a difference.

“We’re Americans first. We’re patriots first. We all want what’s best for this country. That’s what I heard in Mr Trump’s remarks last night, that’s what I heard when I spoke to him directly. And I’m heartened by that.”

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