Hillary Clinton Cries As She Reads Out The Speech She Would Have Given Had She Won The Election
My fellow Americans, today you have sent a message to the whole world,” she says. Our values remain. Our democracy stands strong. And our motto remains: e pluribus unum. Of the many, one.
We will not be defined by our differences alone. We will not be an us-versus-them country. The American dream is big enough for everyone. A long, hard campaign challenged us to choose between two very different visions for America. How we grow together, how we live together and how we face a world full of dangers and promises together.
Fundamentally, this election challenged us to decide what it means to be American in the 21st century. And for the pursuit of unity, decency, and what President Lincoln called “the better angels of our nature.” We have taken up that challenge.
Today, with your children on your shoulders, your neighbors by your side, friends old and new as one, you renewed our democracy. And because of the honor you gave me, you changed his face forever. I have met women who were born before women had the right to vote. They’ve been waiting for tonight for a hundred years.
I’ve met little boys and girls who didn’t understand why a woman has never been president before. Now they know, and the world knows, that in America any boy and girl can grow into anything they dream of — even President of the United States.
This is a victory for all Americans. Men and women. Boys and girls. Because as our country has once again proven, if there are no ceilings, the sky is the limit.
If you dig deep enough through all the mud of politics, you’ll eventually arrive at something hard and true. A foundation of fundamental values that unite us as Americans. You proved that today.
In a country divided by race and religion, class and culture, and often crippling partisanship, a broad coalition of Americans embraced a shared vision of a hopeful, inclusive, magnanimous America.
An America where women are respected and immigrants are welcomed. Where veterans are honored, parents are supported and employees are paid fairly. An America where we believe in science, where we look beyond people’s disabilities and see their potential, where marriage is a right and discrimination is wrong. It doesn’t matter who you are, what you look like, where you come from or who you love.
An America where everyone counts and everyone has a place. A place and a purpose. Because we all have a part to play in our great American story. And yes, that includes absolutely everyone who voted for other candidates or didn’t vote at all.
This summer a writer asked me if I could go back in time somewhere and tell anyone in history about this milestone, who would it be? And the answer was simple. My mother, Dorothy.
“You may have heard me talk about her difficult childhood. She was abandoned by her parents when she was only 8 years old. They put her on a train to California, where she was abused by her grandparents and eventually came to work alone, working as a housekeeper.
Still, she found a way to offer me the boundless love and support she never got herself. She taught me the words of our Methodist faith: “Do all the good you can for all the people you can in all the ways you can, for as long as you can.”
I think about my mother every day. Sometimes I think of her on that train. I wish I could walk down the aisle.
I wish I could walk down the aisle and find the little wooden chairs where she sat, holding her even younger sister tight. only. Terrified. She doesn’t know yet how much she will suffer.
She doesn’t know yet that she will find the strength to escape that suffering. That is still a long way off. The whole future is still unknown as she gazes at the vast land that passes by.
I dream of going up to her and sitting next to her, taking her in my arms and saying, ‘Look at me. Listen to me. You will survive. You have a good family yourself. And three children. And as hard as it is to imagine, your daughter will grow up to become the president of the United States.”
I’m sure of this, like everything I’ve ever known: America is the greatest country in the world. And starting tonight, together we will make America even bigger than it has ever been, for each of us. Thank you, God bless you, and may God bless America.