Fairly or not, Hillary Clinton has often been accused of coming off as aloof, distant and unable to connect with voters. But, in what may be her final speech as a politician, she gave one of the most honest, relatable and emotionally resonant performances of her public career.
“This is the most genuine speech we’ve heard from Hillary Clinton in the past 18 months,” political consultant Frank Luntz said in a tweet after she conceded the presidential race to Donald Trump.
In her concession speech, Clinton said she hopes Trump “will be a successful president for all Americans” and that she “offered to work with him on behalf of our country.”
“This is not the outcome we wanted or we worked so hard for and I’m sorry that we did not win this election for the values we share and the vision we hold for our country,” Clinton continued. “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 big-hearted.”
On Twitter, Clinton was praised for her graciousness and strength: