After sending her supporters home from what she hoped would be her victory party, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton must have spent some time licking her wounds before making her losing speech.
While Democrat Mrs Clinton must surely have prepared a speech in the event that she was the one to take the White House, she ended up making an address she hoped she would not have to say.
She said that she had congratulated her arch rival Donald Trump on winning the White House and offered to work with him for the good of America.
Mrs Clinton added: “I hope he will be a successful president for all Americans.”
She urged to US to accept the election result and “then look to the future,” conceding: “Donald Trump is going to be our president.”
While during a hard-fought campaign Mrs Clinton called the former reality television star “dangerous” for America, she said following his win: “We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead.”
Mrs Clinton, who previously lived in the White House as First Lady when her husband Bill was president, then said sorry to her supporters.
She said: “This is not the outcome we wanted, or worked so hard for. And I’m sorry we did not win this election, for the values we share and the vision we hold for our country.”
Speaking in front of a sombre and sometimes tearful crowd at the New Yorker hotel in Manhattan, it was a marked difference to the party she had been hoping to hold. Believing that she would break the ultimate glass ceiling by becoming the first ever female president of the US, her camp had planned a celebration at the glass-ceiling-ed Javits Center.
She conceded: “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 inclusive and big-hearted.
“We have seen our nation is more deeply divided than we thought. But I still believe in America and always will.”
Mrs Clinton went on to thank the outgoing president Barack Obama along with First Lady Michelle for their support during her unsuccessful campaign.
Earlier, Mr Trump gave his triumphant victory speech, praising Mrs Clinton for her hard-fought campaign.

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Thomas Channeton
He is a freelance journalist who has actively worked on various environmental issues. He had covered the Clean Water Act amendments and the Superfund legislation which ultimately became the basis for the Clean Air Act which was promulgated in 1990. After that, he also covered the Food Quality Protection Act which was promulgated in 1996. As a freelance environmental reporter he also delved into the oil issue in North Dakota which altered the energy portfolio of the nation. He is also passionate about the various climate changes occurring around us and has reported about the harmful effects of global warming on the environment.