Hillary Clinton addressed the nation Wednesday after a stunning loss against Donald Trump, telling her supporters that they must accept the outcome of the election and move forward.
"I hope that he will be a successful president for all Americans," she said at the New Yorker Hotel in midtown, adding that this was not the outcome she had hoped for.
"But I feel pride and gratitude for this wonderful campaign that we built together," Clinton said.
The former secretary of state said that the election's outcome "was painful and will be for a long time." She said that the election proves that the country is divided, but said, "I still believe in America and I always will."
She said, "Being your candidate has been one of the greatest honors of my life." But now, she said, the country owes Trump "an open mind and the chance to lead."
Clinton’s running mate Tim Kaine, said in a brief speech that he was “so proud” of Clinton “because she loves this country” and has “held fast to dreams.”
The two spoke at New York City's New Yorker Hotel several hours after what her campaign expected would be a victory party at the Jacob K. Javits Center. Her campaign chairman John Podesta sent supporters home after 2 p.m., saying Clinton would speak more tomorrow.
She called Trump and conceded shortly thereafter.