Hillary Clinton’s loss in the 2016 presidential election came as a shock to many — including Clinton herself.
In fact, Clinton’s loss was so surprising that those closest to the former secretary of state aren’t exactly sure what Clinton will do next.
“She really didn’t contemplate losing,” an anonymous top campaign advisor told People magazine.
The advisor indicated that no one around the campaign really seems to know what Hillary will do next.
Clinton’s loss to Donald Trump came after the GOP candidate secured big wins in swing states such as Michigan, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. As the votes began to come in, pundits seemed to be surprised that Trump had outperformed Clinton in so many key states.
If the Clinton advisor’s remarks are any indication, Trump’s performance came as a surprise to the Clinton campaign, as well. On Wednesday, Hillary spoke her concession speech to a crowded room in New York City, where she admitted that the loss to Donald Trump was “painful, and it will be for a long time.”
— ABC News (@ABC) November 10, 2016
Despite the hurt and heartache she’s currently experiencing, those close to Hillary Clinton believe that the former first lady will show her resilience as she comes through this loss. While speaking on CNN, David Gergen said that Clinton’s strong religious faith will help her move through this trying time. Gergen is a former advisor to Bill Clinton.
“She has her religious faith to fall back on. It’s been very, very stabilizing for her. When she takes these blows she’s one of the most resilient people you can imagine.”
Journalist Carl Bernstein echoed Gergen’s sentiment, saying that Clinton can feel confident in her efforts to do service. Bernstein is the author of the biography A Woman in Charge: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton.
“She retreats and is so comfortable in her faith. She is a deeply religious person, carries a Bible with her, underlines it frequently, believes in the Methodist creed of being called to service and I think she believes she has done her service.”
During her concession speech on Wednesday, Clinton called on Americans to come together and to give Donald Trump an opportunity to lead.
“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,” Clinton said while speaking from New York City.
“We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead.”
“Donald Trump is going to be our president,” Hillary Clinton said. “We owe him an open mind and a chance to lead.” https://t.co/t8qTDOjFep
— The New York Times (@nytimes) November 10, 2016
When asked in a recent People magazine interview about the first thing she would do when she woke up on Nov. 9, Clinton said she hoped this morning would be fun.
“Hopefully I’ll wake up on Nov. 9, and it will be good news and I’ll be able to both get to work — and figure out how I’m going to have some fun,” Clinton told People.
In her concession speech on Wednesday, Clinton made it clear that losing the election didn’t qualify as fun. Still, the former senator from New York did her best to leave her supporters — particularly young girls — with hope for the future.
“To all the little girls watching…never doubt that you are valuable and powerful & deserving of every chance & opportunity in the world.”
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 9, 2016
“I know we have still not shattered that highest and hardest glass ceiling, but some day someone will and hopefully sooner than we might think right now,” Clinton said to applause.
“And — 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.”
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