Greet Trump with an open mind – Clin­ton

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

NEW YORK (AP: ILLARY CLIN­TON told sup­port­ers yes­ter­day that they owed Don­ald Trump “an open mind and a chance to lead”.

Ad­dress­ing stricken staff and vot­ers at a New York City ho­tel, Clin­ton urged ac­cep­tance of Trump’s stun­ning win af­ter a cam­paign that ap­peared poised un­til elec­tion day to make her the first woman elected US pres­i­dent. Clin­ton said she had of­fered to work with Trump on be­half of a coun­try that she ac­knowl­edged is “more deeply di­vided than we thought”.

Flanked by hus­band Bill Clin­ton and daugh­ter Chelsea Clin­ton Mezvin­sky, Clin­ton’s voice vi­brated with emo­tion at times, es­pe­cially as she ac­knowl­edged that she had not “shattered that high­est and hard­est glass ceil­ing”.

Clin­ton then made a di­rect plea to “all the lit­tle girls” watch­ing: “Never doubt that you are valu­able and pow­er­ful and de­serv­ing of ev­ery op­por­tu­nity in the world and

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The speech fol­lowed a Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial dra­matic elec­tion night in can­di­date since her hus­band, which Trump cap­tured bat­tle­ground Bill Clin­ton, won the states like pres­i­dency in 1992. Florida, North Carolina and Democrats — start­ing with Ohio and shattered a long­stand­ing Clin­ton’s cam­paign and the White ‘blue wall’ of House — were left won­der­ing states in the Up­per Mid­west how they mis­read their coun­try so com­pletely. Mourn­ful Clin­ton back­ers gath­ered out­side the ho­tel on Wed­nes­day.

“I was dev­as­tated. Shocked. Still am,” said Shirley Rite­nour, 64, a mu­si­cian from Brook­lyn. “When I came in on the sub­way this morn­ing, there were a lot of peo­ple cry­ing. A lot of peo­ple are very up­set.”

The re­sults were star­tling to Clin­ton and her aides, who had ended their cam­paign with a whirl­wind tour of bat­tle­ground states and had pro­jected op­ti­mism that she would main­tain the di­verse coali­tion as­sem­bled by Pres­i­dent Barack Obama in the past two elec­tions.


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