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Campaign chair, John Podesta, released this statement in support of the letter from electors requesting facts on Russian interference in the presidential election.

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The open letter to James Clapper was penned by Christine Pelosi.

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Bipartisan Electors Ask James Clapper: Release Facts on Outside Interference in U.S. Election

Open Letter to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper:

We are Electors who were selected by the voters of our states to represent them in the Electoral College on December 19, 2016. We intend to discharge our duties as Electors by ensuring that we select a candidate for president who, as our Founding Fathers envisioned, would be “endowed with the requisite qualifications.” As Electors, we also believe that deliberation is at the heart of democracy itself, not an empty or formalistic task. We do not understand our sole function to be to convene in mid-December, several weeks after Election Day, and summarily cast our votes. To the contrary, the Constitution envisions the Electoral College as a deliberative body that plays a critical role in our system of government — ensuring that the American people elect a president who is constitutionally qualified and fit to serve. Accordingly, to fulfill our role as Electors, we seek an informed and unrestrained opportunity to fulfill our constitutional role leading up to December 19th — that is, the ability to investigate, discuss, and deliberate with our colleagues about whom to vote for in the Electoral College.

We further emphasize Alexander Hamilton’s assertion in Federalist Paper #68 that a core purpose of the Electoral College was to prevent a “desire in foreign powers to gain an improper ascendant in our councils.” The United States intelligence community has now concluded with “high confidence” that a foreign power, namely Russia, acted covertly to interfere in the presidential campaign with the intent of promoting Donald Trump’s candidacy. During the campaign Russia actively attempted to influence the election outcome through cyber attacks on our political institutions and a comprehensive propaganda campaign coordinated through Wikileaks and other outlets.

Allegations that Donald Trump was receiving assistance from a hostile foreign power to win the election began months before Election Day. When presented with information that the Russian government was interfering in the election through the course of the campaign, both in private briefings and public assessment, Donald Trump rejected it, refused to condemn it, and continued to accept their help. Donald Trump even made a direct plea to the Russian government to interfere further in the election in a press conference on July 27, saying, “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.”

According to reports in the Washington Post, New York Times, and other outlets, the United States intelligence community has now concluded definitively that the Russian interference was performed to help Donald Trump get elected, yet even today Mr. Trump is refusing to accept that finding. In response to the reports, the Trump transition office instead released a statement which called into question the validity of United States intelligence findings, and declared the election over despite the Electoral College not yet casting its votes. Trump’s willingness to disregard conclusions made by the intelligence community and his continuing defense of Russia and Russian President Vladimir Putin demand close scrutiny and deliberation from the Electoral College.

Separate from Mr. Trump’s own denials of Russian involvement in the election, the confirmed communication between Trump’s aides and those associated with the Russian election interference activity raise serious concerns that must be addressed before we cast our votes. Trump-confidant Roger Stone confirmed during the campaign that he was engaged in back-channel communications with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, responsible for releasing much of the Russian-hacked Democratic communications, and indicated that he was aware of the hacked content prior to its release. Trump foreign policy advisor Carter Page reportedly visited Moscow in July of this year, just prior to the release of hacked DNC communications, during which it was believed he met with the Putin aide in charge of Russian intelligence on the U.S. election. Page returned to Moscow this week where he claimed to be meeting with Russian business and thought leaders.

In addition to Donald Trump and his aides’ conduct, revelations about their further involvement with the Russian government over the course of the campaign demand further investigation, as well as full disclosure of findings from any ongoing or closed investigative efforts:

  • Russian government officials revealed that they had maintained contact with the Trump campaign during the election, and stated that they were familiar with most of the individuals associated with Mr. Trump.
  • Media inquiries into whether the FBI was investigating Donald Trump’s July plea for Russian interference in the election resulted in a “Glomar response” neither confirming nor denying the existence of an investigation, rather than the more typical response of denying the request outright.
  • U.S. intelligence officials reportedly probed Trump foreign policy advisor Carter Page in regard to travel to his Moscow during the campaign.
  • The FBI reportedly began an inquiry into Trump associates following reports of a multi-million dollar business relationship with pro-Putin figures in Ukraine and Russia, and reports of an effort to sway American public opinion in favor of Ukraine’s pro-Putin government.
  • Michael Flynn, Trump campaign aide and the announced incoming National Security Advisor, traveled to Russia in December of 2015 for a gala event celebrating RT, a state-controlled propaganda network, at which he was seated next to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The Electors require to know from the intelligence community whether there are ongoing investigations into ties between Donald Trump, his campaign or associates, and Russian government interference in the election, the scope of those investigations, how far those investigations may have reached, and who was involved in those investigations. We further require a briefing on all investigative findings, as these matters directly impact the core factors in our deliberations of whether Mr. Trump is fit to serve as President of the United States.

Additionally, the Electors will separately require from Donald Trump conclusive evidence that he and his staff and advisors did not accept Russian interference, or otherwise collaborate during the campaign, and conclusive disavowal and repudiation of such collaboration and interference going forward.

We hope that the information and actions described in this letter will be provided in an expeditious manner, so that we can fulfill our constitutional duty as Electors.

Signed,

Christine Pelosi (CA)

Micheal Baca (CO)

Anita Bonds (DC)

Courtney Watson (MD)

Dudley Dudley (NH)

Bev Hollingworth (NH)

Terie Norelli (NH)

Carol Shea-Porter (NH)

Clay Pell (RI)

Chris Suprun (TX)

Presidential electors interested in adding their names to this letter should contact ElectoralCollege16@gmail.com.


Joint bipartisan statement from senators calling for an investigation.

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Nancy Pelosi has also issued the call for a bipartisan investigation.

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More on this here.

Bipartisan Anger Grows Over Russian Interference Into U.S. Election

Want to encourage your state electors and elected officials to sign on?  Here are some contact links.

Contact Your Elected Officials

Contact the Electors

 

 

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Calling Team Hillary Clinton!  Recount oversight assistance is needed in Michigan and Wisconsin.

If you are in Michigan, can travel, and have some time you can free up, please go here to sign up to help.

If you are in Wisconsin, can travel, and have some time you can free up, please go here to sign up to help.

Thank you from all of us!

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You are all probably feeling a little bushwhacked from the emotional letdown of the election results and are probably still dealing with some sleep deficits from all the work you put in, but Hillary’s campaign is in need of volunteers to assist with the recount.  It’s important that the campaign be represented. If you have any time or energy left to help out in the following states, here is some contact information.

WISCONSIN
Sign up here:  https://www.hillaryclinton.com/signups/wi-recount-help/

Or Contact the following organizers directly

Searcy for Milwaukee area:  swilliams@wivictory2016.org
Tyler for Kenosha/Racine area:  tjack@wivictory2016.org

Schedule of RECOUNT:
http://county.milwaukee.gov/ImageLibrary/Groups/cntyElectCommission/ScheduleforRecount11-30-16.pdf

A list of locations can be found here: http://elections.wi.gov/elections-voting/recount/2016-presidential/meeting-notices#attachments

The official Recount Manual, published by the Wisconsin Elections Commission, can be found here: http://elections.wi.gov/sites/default/files/publication/65/recount_manual_11_2016_pdf_17034.pdf
Please print out pages 7-13 (Recount Checklist) to take along.

MICHIGAN
Sign up here:  https://www.hillaryclinton.com/signups/mi-recount-help/

The Michigan Recount begins this Friday! All Michigan recount volunteers should attend one of the Recount Observers Training Sessions listed below.

Please RSVP by emailing the Michigan volunteer coordinator:
Keenan Pontoni, at keenanpontoni@gmail.com

Jackson County Training
Location: Meijer Branch Library
Address: 2699 Airport Rd Jackson, MI 49202
Date: Wednesday, November 30th
Time: 6-7:30 PM

Kalamazoo County Training
Location: IBEW Local 131 Hall
Address: 3641 E. Cork Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49001
Date: Wednesday, November 30th
Time: 7:30-9 PM

Macomb County Training
Location: Warren Community Center, Conference Room A
Address: 5460 Arden Ave, Warren, MI 48092
Date: Thursday, December 1st
Time: 12-1:30 PM

Washtenaw County Training
Location: IBEW Local 252 Hall
Address: 7920 Jackson Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Date: Thursday, December 1st
Time: 6-7:30 PM

Wayne County Training
Location: Northwest Activities Center
Address: 18100 Meyers Rd, Detroit, MI 48235
Date: Thursday, December 1st
Time: 7-8:30 PM

Marquette County Training
Location: Barage Conference Room
Address: 129 W. Barage Ave, Marquette MI 49855
Date: Thursday, December 1st
Time: 7-8:30 PM

Oakland County Training
Location: Baldwin Library
Address: 300 W Merrill St, Birmingham, MI 48009
Date: Thursday, December 1st
Time: 7:30-9 PM

(Still awaiting information on Pennsylvania)

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Listening and Responding To Calls for an Audit and Recount

Over the last few days, officials in the Clinton campaign have received hundreds of messages, emails, and calls urging us to do something, anything, to investigate claims that the election results were hacked and altered in a way to disadvantage Secretary Clinton. The concerns have arisen, in particular, with respect to Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania — three states that together proved decisive in this presidential election and where the combined margin of victory for Donald Trump was merely 107,000 votes.

It should go without saying that we take these concerns extremely seriously. We certainly understand the heartbreak felt by so many who worked so hard to elect Hillary Clinton, and it is a fundamental principle of our democracy to ensure that every vote is properly counted.

Moreover, this election cycle was unique in the degree of foreign interference witnessed throughout the campaign: the U.S. government concluded that Russian state actors were behind the hacks of the Democratic National Committee and the personal email accounts of Hillary for America campaign officials, and just yesterday, the Washington Post reported that the Russian government was behind much of the “fake news” propaganda that circulated online in the closing weeks of the election.

For all these reasons, we have quietly taken a number of steps in the last two weeks to rule in or out any possibility of outside interference in the vote tally in these critical battleground states.

First, since the day after the election we have had lawyers and data scientists and analysts combing over the results to spot anomalies that would suggest a hacked result. These have included analysts both from within the campaign and outside, with backgrounds in politics, technology and academia.

Second, we have had numerous meetings and calls with various outside experts to hear their concerns and to discuss and review their data and findings. As a part of this, we have also shared out data and findings with them. Most of those discussions have remained private, while at least one has unfortunately been the subject of leaks.

Third, we have attempted to systematically catalogue and investigate every theory that has been presented to us within our ability to do so.

Fourth, we have examined the laws and practices as they pertain to recounts, contests and audits.

Fifth, and most importantly, we have monitored and staffed the post-election canvasses — where voting machine tapes are compared to poll-books, provisional ballots are resolved, and all of the math is double checked from election night. During that process, we have seen Secretary Clinton’s vote total grow, so that, today, her national popular vote lead now exceeds more than 2 million votes.

In the coming days, we will continue to perform our due diligence and actively follow all further activities that are to occur prior to the certification of any election results. For instance, Wisconsin conduct post-election audits using a sampling of precincts. Michigan and many other states still do not. This is unfortunate; it is our strong belief that, in addition to an election canvass, every state should do this basic audit to ensure accuracy and public confidence in the election.

Beyond the post-election audit, Green Party candidate Jill Stein announced Friday that she will exercise her right as a candidate to pursue a recount in the state of Wisconsin. She has indicated plans to also seek recounts in Pennsylvania and Michigan.

Because we had not uncovered any actionable evidence of hacking or outside attempts to alter the voting technology, we had not planned to exercise this option ourselves, but now that a recount has been initiated in Wisconsin, we intend to participate in order to ensure the process proceeds in a manner that is fair to all sides. If Jill Stein follows through as she has promised and pursues recounts in Pennsylvania and Michigan, we will take the same approach in those states as well. We do so fully aware that the number of votes separating Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in the closest of these states — Michigan — well exceeds the largest margin ever overcome in a recount. But regardless of the potential to change the outcome in any of the states, we feel it is important, on principle, to ensure our campaign is legally represented in any court proceedings and represented on the ground in order to monitor the recount process itself.

The campaign is grateful to all those who have expended time and effort to investigate various claims of abnormalities and irregularities. While that effort has not, in our view, resulted in evidence of manipulation of results, now that a recount is underway, we believe we have an obligation to the more than 64 million Americans who cast ballots for Hillary Clinton to participate in ongoing proceedings to ensure that an accurate vote count will be reported.

For your information, here is a handy spreadsheet showing the popular vote.

You can follow the Electoral College on Twitter.  Lots of useful information there.

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One evening this past summer, someone gave the neighbor kids some gifts from BFTK and some chalk, and they decorated the top of my retaining wall, my whole sidewalk, and the mouth of my driveway with pastel flowers and pretty pictures. It was delightful and washed away with the next rain, but it was sweet.

Kids did something similar in front of Hillary’s Brooklyn HQ.  Very sweet.

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Kids Write Messages Of Love Outside Hillary Clinton’s Headquarters

“This is the America I fight for. It’s the America I love.”

11/11/2016 12:54 am ET

As supporters of Hillary Clinton, still reeling from her failed presidential bid, walked past the Democrat’s former Brooklyn, New York, headquarters Thursday night, they came across a heartwarming and heartbreaking scene.

Kids sitting on the sidewalk were writing messages of love and thanks to the Democratic nominee.

On the concrete, a rainbow of chalky words spelled “Thank you!” and “Hillary is loved” and “Keep up the good work!”

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Do you have a message for Hillary?  GO HERE and ADD YOUR THANKS IN THE COMMENT THREAD! >>>>

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It takes time to process what happened.  It was a loss, and so it is not unusual for our community to be experiencing stages of grief.

In her concession speech, Hillary told us,

“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 about building an America that’s hopeful, inclusive, and bighearted.”

Yes, it was about our country, about our future and that means it was about people too young to vote, many of whom demonstrated their disappointment the only way available to them, by walking out of school, by organizing peaceful protests, by exercising their 1st Amendment rights most creatively and vociferously.  Good for them!

True,  it was not about one person.  It was about the vision our candidate and leader crafted for us by way of her interlocking plans – plans and intersections that she had little opportunity to expose in the broadest available forum – the presidential debates. We are so accustomed to seeing Hillary patiently attempt to wait out interruptions to get to the next topic. In these debates she did manage to interrupt the interruptions, but the distractions were too many to allow her to piece together her plans for the largest audiences of the campaign season.

Yet, it appears that voters, young and old, of every race and ethnicity, male and female, married and single, with and without kids, aging parents, disabilities, LGBT family and friends, cats, dogs, parakeets, goldfish, and hamsters-for-Hillary voted for Hillary Clinton!  An immense number of voters! Hillary won the popular vote while losing the election.  As of this posting,  this map shows two states still too close to call.  While the electoral votes have floated Trump over the 270 mark,  Hillary remains ahead in the popular vote.

We have been through this before of course.  In 2008 Hillary won the popular vote but amassed insufficient delegates in the primary.  More nationally traumatically, in 2000 Al Gore was ahead in the popular vote, but Florida was too close to call.  We all remember the nightmare of those five weeks when the recount was on, off, on again, and then off again and finally, for the country, Al Gore conceded.

There are steps Hillary could have taken on election day or even the day after. She could have held off on her concession.  In close states, she probably could have requested recounts.  What she did instead was to spare the country a protracted period of suspense and uncertainty.  Like a flu shot, conceding hurt while preventing more devastating pain and suffering.  She might have ended up conceding anyway, but doing so Wednesday morning, November 9, was so much better for the country than the first or second week of December. Hillary is a true patriot and selflessly put the country first. Forget trying to influence the Electoral College. Hillary has made her move.

Still 4 Hill, this blog, stood back and remained  silent when voices exerted increasing pressure on Hillary, from late 2013 through early Spring 2015, to make this run.  We knew the consequences would be a brutal campaign season.  Once she decided, however, we were in this for the long run and did everything we could here to help.  This community gave generously of time, energy, and funds (we tallied $11,432 – most of it in small, regular donations) to Hillary’s campaign. I could not be prouder of the efforts all of you put forth.  I could not be prouder of our candidateThis Thanksgiving, I thank God for her and all of you! You are all warriors!  Intrepid!

Hillary will probably end up winning the popular vote, and that speaks volumes about her message and her reach. Once, back in 2008 at an Eagle Academy graduation, a pastor who was giving the blessing told Hillary, “God isn’t finished with you yet.”  I thought about that after she conceded.  I believe it is still true.  There is more to come from Hillary Clinton, and we can’t wait to see what it is.

One thing I have said here many times is that I am thankful to walk the earth at the same time as Hillary Clinton.  We are all very lucky. Here is a letter from us to our Hillary.

Dearest Hillary,

We guess it is now OK to address you as Hillary since we have been on a first name basis for awhile now in emails (and we are thrilled). How do we thank the woman who left it all on the field in the biggest contest on earth?  You have inspired and encouraged us in so many ways.

Thank you, Hillary, for all of your hard work, for all that you have taught us, for all the punishment you have taken, for being the first woman to win a major party’s presidential nomination.  Thank you for always smiling, for fighting back when you had to, for being a role model for little girls and women, for running with honor, and for being our face to the world as secretary of state and as a presidential candidate.  Thank you for your lovely graciousness, for your warmth, for your interest in our issues, and for taking the trouble always to look beautiful and unruffled.  Women know what that takes.  We appreciate it. Thank you for your boundless energy that spurred us on even when we thought we would collapse from the pace. So many times when we were waning we would “Hillary up” and move on to the next task.

Thank you for being an exemplar of what women can achieve given opportunity,  a plank in your platform, not just in 2016, but all of your life. We know that being a public figure has never been especially comfortable for you, but you knew that being public made all of us more visible.

Thank you for being even-handed and fair. For all of your encouragement of women and girls, you never ignored or forgot the little boys.  You included them, and they heard you. Despite media hype, you had solid support from men as well as women because you listened to everyone’s stories and concerns.

Thank you, Hillary. You are our hero! We all love you. We mean it!

With all our love always,

The Still 4 Hill Community

P.S. (From the author: I know that every single time I have ever been in your presence I have seemed to be reciting a litany of thank yous. They are from the heart and sincere. I am privileged to have made your acquaintance and thankful for all you have done. Happy Thanksgiving!)

Folks, I know these seem like dark days.  Hillary’s struggle has not died with her campaign.  She will find other paths. Like good scouts, we will be here to blaze the trail with her.  We Are #StillWithHer because we are, after all, Still 4 Hill, and she is still with us. Add your own thoughts in the comment thread or just sign. I will print it out and send it to Hillary.

Thanksgiving is coming, the most American holiday aside from the 4th of July, and we have much to be thankful for.

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This is the saddest invitation I have ever received.  Hearing Hillary speak and being in the same space with her is a joy, but it was clear what this speech was going to be.

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Hillary Clinton to Offer Remarks This Morning in New York City
 
Hillary Clinton will deliver remarks to staff and supporters at 9:30 AM on Wednesday, November 9 at the New Yorker Hotel, Grand Ballroom – 481 8th Ave NY NY 10001. 
 
 
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Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine Make Remarks on Election Results

At the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel in New York City on Wednesday, Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine made the following remarks on Tuesday night’s election results:

Clinton and Kaine’s remarks, as transcribed, are below:

TIM KAINE:

“Thank you so much. Thank you so much. Thank you, guys. Please, please, have a seat. Good morning.

My wife Anne and I are so proud of Hillary. I am proud of Hillary Clinton because she has been and is a great history-maker in everything she has done – as a civil rights Hollywood FL Car Accident Lawyer and First Lady of Arkansas and First Lady of this country and senator, and secretary of state. She has made history in a nation that is good at so many things, but that has made it uniquely difficult for a woman to be elected to federal office. She became the first major-party nominee, as a woman, to be president, and last night won the popular vote of Americans to be president.

That is an amazing accomplishment. It is an amazing accomplishment.

I’m proud of Hillary Clinton because, in the words of Langston Hughes, she has held fast to dreams. She was inspired at a young age to an epiphany that if families and children do well, that’s the best barometer for whether society does well, and in everything she’s done, she’s focused on that. She – we know she would have made history as a president in one sense, but we never have had a president who’s made their whole career about the empowerment of families and children, and I was as excited about that in the Oval Office as I was excited to have my friend Hillary there and make history as the first woman president.

I’m excited and proud of Hillary because she has built such a wonderful team. There is a – there is a beautiful and kind of comical parable in the New Testament about a vineyard owner who hires people to work and says, ‘And I’m going to pay you this for a full day.’ Then he hires people at noon, ‘And I’m going to pay you the same thing for the half day.’ Then he hires people one hour before – ‘I’m going to pay you the same.’ And those who started early in the day say, ‘Hold on, we don’t like this that you’re treating everybody who came late just as well as you’re treating us.” I’m going to tell you something. Here’s what I’ve come to know so well about Hillary. The columbus law firms that she has assembled over the years, of people that are so deeply loyal to her because she is so deeply loyal to them, is inspiring. But I’ve seen that same degree of loyalty and compassion and sensitivity extended to the most recent folks who have joined the team, the folks who came to the vineyard with just one hour to go. Her loyalty and compassion, of Hillary and Bill, to people – if you’re with you, you’re with you, and that is just something so remarkable.

And finally, I’m proud of Hillary because she loves this country.  Nobody had to wonder about Hillary Clinton, whether she would accept an outcome of an election in our beautiful democracy. Nobody had to ask that question. Nobody had to doubt it. She knows our country for what it is. She knows the system that we have, and in its warts and blemishes, she’s deeply in love with it and accepts it. She’s been in battles before where if it didn’t go her way, she accepted it but then woke up the next day and battled again for the dreams that she’s held fast to. And that love of country is something that I think is obvious to everybody, obvious to everyone.

I want to thank Hillary Clinton for asking Anne and I to join this wild ride. We – about a week before she asked if I would be her running mate, Anne and I went up to Westchester and we sat down with Hillary and Bill and with Chelsea and Marc and with Charlotte and Aidan for about three hours of conversation to try to determine whether we would be the right people to be on the ticket. And when we got in the car to head back to the airport after the three-hour discussion, I said to Anne, ‘Honey, I don’t know whether we’re going to be on this ticket or not, but I do know this: we’re going to remember that three hours for the rest of our life,’ and now we’ll remember 105 days that we’ve had with this fantastic couple of public servants and all of you for the rest of our life.

I’ll just say this. Hillary and I know well the wisdom in the words of William Faulkner. He said, ‘They kilt us but they ain’t whupped us yet.’ They kilt us – they kilt us but they ain’t whupped us yet. Because we know that the work remains. We know that the dreams of empowering families and children remain. And in that work, that important work that we have to do as a nation, it is so comforting, even at a tough time, to know that Hillary Clinton is somebody, until her very last breath, is going to be battling for the values that make this nation great and the values that we care so deeply about.

So now, please join me in welcoming Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton.”

HILLARY CLINTON:

“Thank you. Thank you all. Thank you. Thank you all very much. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you so much. A very rowdy group. Thank you, my friends. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you so very much for being here.”

AUDIENCE MEMBER: “We love you!”

HILLARY CLINTON: “And I love you all too.

Last night, I congratulated Donald Trump and offered to work with him on behalf of our country. I hope that he will be a successful president for all Americans. This is not the outcome we wanted or we worked so hard for, and I am sorry that we did not win this election for the values we share and the vision we hold for our country. But I feel pride and gratitude for this wonderful campaign that we built together, this vast, diverse, creative, unruly, energized campaign. You represent the best of America, and being your candidate has been one of the greatest honors of my life.

I know how disappointed you feel because I feel it too, and so do tens of millions of Americans who invested their hopes and dreams in this effort. 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 about building an America that’s hopeful, inclusive, and bighearted.

We have seen that our nation is more deeply divided than we thought, but I still believe in America and I always will. And if you do, then we must accept this result and then look to the future.

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. 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.

Now, and let me add, our constitutional democracy demands our participation not just every four years but all the time. So let’s do all we can to keep advancing the causes and values we all hold dear: making our economy work for everyone, not just those at the top, protecting our country and protecting our planet, and breaking down all the barriers that hold any American back from achieving their dreams. We’ve spent a year and a half bringing together millions of people from every corner of our country to say with one voice that we believe that the American dream is big enough for everyone, for people of all races and religions, for men and women, for immigrants, for LGBT people, and people with disabilities – for everyone.

So now our responsibility as citizens is to keep doing our part to build that better, stronger, fairer America we seek, and I know you will. I am so grateful to stand with all of you. I want to thank Tim Kaine and Anne Holton for being our partners on this journey. It has been a joy getting to know them better, and it gives me great hope and comfort to know that Tim will remain on the front lines of our democracy representing Virginia in the Senate. To Barack and Michelle Obama, our country owes you an enormous debt of gratitude. We thank you for your graceful, determined leadership that has meant so much to so many Americans and people across the world. And to Bill and Chelsea, Marc, Charlotte, Aidan, our brothers and our entire family, my love for you means more than I can ever express. You crisscrossed this country on our behalf and lifted me up when I needed it most – even four-month-old Aidan, who traveled with his mom.

I will always be grateful to the creative, talented, dedicated men and women at our headquarters in Brooklyn and across our country. You poured your hearts into this campaign. For some of you who are veterans, it was a campaign after you had done other campaigns. Some of you, it was your first campaign. I want each of you to know that you were the best campaign anybody could have ever expected or wanted. And to the millions of volunteers, community leaders, activists and union organizers who knocked on doors, talked to neighbors, posted on Facebook, even in secret, private Facebook sites – I want everybody coming out from behind that and make sure your voices are heard going forward.

To everyone who sent in contributions as small as $5 and kept us going, thank you. Thank you from all of us. And to the young people in particular, I hope you will hear this. I have, as Tim said, spent my entire adult life fighting for what I believe in. I’ve had successes and I’ve had setbacks, sometimes really painful ones. Many of you are at the beginning of your professional, public and political careers. You will have successes and setbacks too. This loss hurts, but please, never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it. It is. It is worth it. And so we need you to keep up these fights now and for the rest of your lives. And to all the women, and especially the young women who put their faith in this campaign and in me, I want you to know that nothing has made me prouder than to be your champion.

Now, I know we have still not shattered that highest and hardest glass ceiling, but someday someone will and hopefully sooner than we might think right now. And to all the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams.

Finally, I am so grateful for our country and for all it has given to me. I count my blessings every single day that I am an American, and I still believe as deeply as I ever have that if we stand together and work together with respect for our differences, strength in our convictions, and love for this nation, our best days are still ahead of us. Because, you know, I believe we are stronger together and we will go forward together. And you should never, ever regret fighting for that.

Scripture tells us: Let us not grow weary in doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. So, my friends, let us have faith in each other, let us not grow weary, let us not lose heart, for there are more seasons to come and there is more work to do.

I am incredibly honored and grateful to have had this chance to represent all of you in this consequential election. May God bless you and may God bless the United States of America.”

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There was no joy in the room. Hillary is very strong, but she is also very sensitive. She was facing tearful faces and knew she had to lead. Only once did her voice nearly crack, but she delivered the speech she knew she had to.  She did it beautifully.

I want to thank everyone here who knocked on doors, made the calls, and made the donations.  We can be proud of this campaign and of our candidate.  In days to come we will emerge from our state of shock, see how the future is shaping up, and take our steps forward … with Hillary.  #StillWithHer

 

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