Friday 9 December 2016

'This loss hurts' - Emotional Hillary Clinton pays tribute to her family following shock presidential defeat

* Clinton says loss 'hurts'
* Thanks her team, supporters and family
* 'Our nation is more deeply divided than we thought'
* 'We must respect the result'
* 'Donald Trump is going to be our president'

Denise Calnan and Catherine Devine

Published 09/11/2016 | 16:29

Hillary Clinton addresses her staff and supporters about the results of the U.S. election as her husband, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, applauds at a hotel in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., November 9, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
Hillary Clinton addresses her staff and supporters about the results of the U.S. election as her husband, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, applauds at a hotel in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., November 9, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
Hillary Clinton speaks with staff and supporters after a speech about the results of the U.S. election at a hotel in New York, November 9, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
Hillary Clinton pauses as she addresses her staff and supporters about the results of the U.S. election at a hotel in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., November 9, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Hillary Clinton arrives with her husband, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, to address her staff and supporters about the results of the U.S. election at a hotel in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., November 9, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Hillary Clinton speaks with staff after a speech about the results of the U.S. election at a hotel in New York, November 9, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
Hillary Clinton speaks with staff and supporters about the results of the U.S. election at a hotel in New York, November 9, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
Hillary Clinton speaks with staff and supporters about the results of the U.S. election at a hotel in New York, November 9, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
Hillary Clinton arrives to address her staff and supporters about the results of the U.S. election at a hotel in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., November 9, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Hillary Clinton, accompanied by her husband former U.S. President Bill Clinton (L) and running mate Senator Tim Kaine, addresses her staff and supporters about the results of the U.S. election at a hotel in New York, November 9, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
Hillary Clinton is embraced by her husband former U.S. President Bill Clinton (L), as she addresses her staff and supporters about the results of the U.S. election at a hotel in New York, November 9, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
Hillary Clinton, accompanied by her husband former U.S. President Bill Clinton (L), addresses her staff and supporters about the results of the U.S. election at a hotel in New York, November 9, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
Hillary Clinton's staff react as she addresses them about the results of the U.S. election at a hotel in New York, November 9, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
Hillary Clinton pauses as she addresses her staff and supporters about the results of the U.S. election at a hotel in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., November 9, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Hillary Clinton pauses as she addresses her staff and supporters about the results of the U.S. election at a hotel in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., November 9, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Hillary Clinton addresses her staff and supporters about the results of the U.S. election as her husband, former U.S. President Bill Clinton (R), their daughter Chelsea and her son in law Marc Mezvinsky look on, at a hotel in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., November 9, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Former President Bill Clinton listens as his wife, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks in New York, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Hillary Clinton paid tribute to her family during her remarks on the election today and said the loss "hurts".

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There was applause as running mate Tim Kaine welcomed the former presidential candidate to the stage after her shock defeat.

During her speech, which became emotional at times, Clinton paid tribute to her family and said her love for them "means more than [she] can express".

"To Bill, Chelsea, Marc, Charlotte, Aidan, our brothers, and our entire family - my love for you means more than I can ever express," she said. 

Clinton said she congratulated Trump last night and hopes "Trump will be a successful president for all Americans".

She said she still believes Americans can respect their differences, with the best days ahead for the country.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 09: Republican president-elect Donald Trump delivers his acceptance speech during his election night event at the New York Hilton Midtown in the early morning hours of November 9, 2016 in New York City. Donald Trump defeated Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to become the 45th president of the United States. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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"I am sorry we did not win this election... but I feel pride and gratitude for this campaign we built together. Being your candidate was the greatest honour of my life."

Clinton who stood proudly on the podium beside husband Bill Clinton said her campaign was "never about one person or one election, but about the country we love".

"Our nation is more deeply divided than we thought. We owe Trump an open mind and chance to lead. Let me add - our constitutional democracy demands our participation, not just every four years but all the time."

She added that the "American dream is big enough for everyone" as she thanked everyone who helped her on her campaign.

"To Barack and Michelle Obama, our country owes you. We thank you for your graceful leadership, it has meant so much to so many Americans and people across the world."

She also thanked her family saying: "You lifted me up when I needed it most."

In an emotional speech, she addressed young people saying to "never stop fighting".

"This loss hurts but please never stop believing. It is worth it... so we need you to keep up these fights now and for the rest of your lives."

After her defeat she proudly said that "our best days are still ahead of us" as she looks to the future.

"Let us not grow weary, let us not lose heart. There are more seasons to come."

Meanwhile, Democratic President Barack Obama called Republican Donald Trump to congratulate him on his election victory early on Wednesday and invited him to the White House on Thursday to discuss the transition of power, the White House said.

"Ensuring a smooth transition of power is one of the top priorities the president identified at the beginning of the year and a meeting with the president-elect is the next step," the White House press secretary said in a statement.

Obama, who also called unsuccessful Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, will make a statement on Wednesday to discuss the election results. 

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