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Hillary Clinton is a Class Act

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  • Liberal Democrat
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    Although Hillary Clinton must be feeling very bitter about losing, she took time to write me and other supporters a personal note. In reading it, I couldn't help but wonder if Donald Trump, had he lost, would have been capable of writing such a magnanimous note. I copy her note in its entirety below. It says a lot about who Hillary Clinton is and how she feels about her country.

    Oh and in case you missed it, as Jared points out, Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, which must add to her bitterness.

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    Thank you.

    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’m sorry 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 big-hearted.

    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, too, 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’re all equal in rights and dignity, and the freedom of worship and expression. We respect and cherish these things too -- and we must defend them.

    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 anyone 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.

    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 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 for your graceful, determined leadership, and so do I.

    To Bill, 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 my behalf and lifted me up when I needed it most –- even four-month old Aidan traveling 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 who poured their hearts into this campaign. For you veterans, this was a campaign after a campaign -- for some of you, this was your first campaign ever. I want each of you to know that you were the best campaign anyone has had.

    To all the volunteers, community leaders, activists, and union organizers who knocked on doors, talked to neighbors, posted on Facebook - even in secret or in private: Thank you.

    To everyone who sent in contributions as small as $5 and kept us going, thank you.

    And to all the young people in particular, I want you to hear this. I’ve 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 careers. You will have successes and setbacks, too.

    This loss hurts. But please, please never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it. It’s always worth it. And we need you keep up these fights now and for the rest of your lives.

    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.

    I know that we still have not shattered that highest glass ceiling. But some day someone will -– hopefully sooner than we might think right now.

    And to all the little girls watching right now, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world.

    Finally, I am grateful to our country for all it has given me.

    I count my blessings every 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.

    You know I believe we are stronger together and will go forward together. And you should never be sorry that you fought 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.”

    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 god bless the United States of America.

    Hillary

  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    Yes Schmidt; I rather would have not seen that speech. Like I said this is an weird country. In all other civilized countries the total "vote" only counts; not an "invention" of "electoral something" or "delegates and Super delegates etc." manufactured by idiots .

    Anyway she has done everything you could do, but the "dumb evangelical rural gun toting Americans" still live in the stone age and want an "bully, racist, white power" as President. Or is everyone already forgotten all he said during the elections and he all of a sudden has become "mother Teresa"?

  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    The demonstrations in 7 cities, shows that city people voted Democratic, but the rural backwards country side and rust belt as well the coal belt and bible belt, all voted for an total "unfit" bully, because they love that type. Jesus will save them for sure.
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    She's hardly a class act. She's a liar, she's a phony, and even worse, she's the classic narcissistic politician we are all sick of.

    It all started when she was running for president but claimed "well I'm not running for president just yet". She was all about polls and numbers and never cared about anyone but herself. She couldn't care less about minorities, and like most politicians who supposedly champion the minority cause, pays a lot of money not to live among minorities. She is pro-woman because she hates men, and, let's be honest, is probably a lesbian. Bill is probably releaved he doesn't have to go through the marriage charade and explain why he never seems to stay overnight at the White House.

    Her election strategy was to ignore the white voter since they'd probably split the vote, and focus on the minority voters to swing the election her way. Whoops. Believe me, I'm no fan of Donald Trump either, but at least he showed his true colors and let the people decide. Same with Bernie Sanders, who was probably the only candidate who actually cared about others. I find it mind boggling that blacks side with the Clinton machine when Sanders was arrested for protesting for civil rights long before it was fashionable. And he never made it part of his campaign much to his credit.

    She's done and Americans will be happy to not hear from a Clinton again. It must hurt to think your legacy would be first american female president but is instead being a candidate so unlikable that she actually got Donald Trump elected president. Ouch.

    The Hillary supporters are every bit as pathetic as the Trump supporters.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Pensacola, FL
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    You can say what you want about Hillary and nobody here will say I am a Hillary fan but I am objective. The one single influence most responsible for Hillary losing was her respect for the Presidency of Obama. I think Bill tested the waters with his ACA criticism but that was short lived. Viewing Hillary's general attitude it is obvious she respected Obama's work and Presidency. If you watch the PBS documentary about Hillary and Trump objectively you will see Hillary had an uphill battle from day one. Just as puzzling as it is to see antagonists and competitors join a campaign reaching maturity that is the understanding Hillary deserves. Her entire life has been trying to prove her point when if she were a man it would be taken for granted. She always started at the bottom of every circumstance when she was always the smartest and best. Her whole life has been the underdog and her husband not only didn't help he was probably the biggest negative influence on her. She didn't lose because she was bad. She lost because she was good, taken advantage of and light on charisma.
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    If she is as you say, the smartest, she should have learned from Obama's campaign. Becoming the first black president was actually more challenging than becoming the first woman president since blacks only make up 13 percent of this country. Yet Obama wasn't constantly playing up his race and talking about shattering ceilings. He was smart enough to not alienate voters or make a certain group seem like the bad guys (literally). If she was smart she wouldn't have been caught up in the email thing or Benghazi. Don't confuse intelligence with shrewdness or willing to walk over anyone at any time.

    Both candidates were horrible, and that's why we held our noses while voting.

    So for the racist accusations, we just had a black president elected twice in a country that is 13 percent black. How racist can we be? As for the sexism, present a female who isn't an unlikable nut like Hillary, or Palin or Bachmann and she'll do well.

    And just a little advice, if you nominate Elizabeth Warren, you'll watch another woman go down the drain.

  • Center Left
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    No profile info ? Don't be ashamed. Tell us what state, and more about factors that have shaped your views. It's easier to respect an opinion if the speaker doesn't appear to be hiding.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    "Don't confuse intelligence with shrewdness or willing to walk over anyone at any time."

    Hillary unquestionably ranks with the smartest people anywhere. Don't lose your objectivity for the sake of making a point.

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    Sorry. My state is in my screen name. I consider myself a democrat and have voted democratic in most elections, although I have voted republican a few times . I consider Obama to be the only president I've had who I truly admire and I'm over 50. The present Democratic party needed a message and they sure got it, and I helped give it. I walked into the polling booth with the plan of voting for Hillary Clinton but I just couldn't do it. As I walked out I thought that since I'm a pretty average guy others probably did the same. Sure enough, a woman told me at work that she did the same thing and couldn't believe she was really voting for Donald Trump. That was the first moment I thought Trump could win. If the race was between Michelle Obama and Trump I would have voted for Michelle, even with her lack of experience. The thought of Trump as president is scary but the Democratic Party needs to be totally restructured. Expecting people to vote for their own sex is just as wrong today as it always has been - two wrongs don't make a right. The party is cold, calculated, and untrustworthy - just as the Republican party is. Hillary was scripted, entitled, and an easy target for the beatdown she got and deserved. The Republicans also deserved a loss considering what they offered but got lucky facing the unlikable Hillary.

    Both parties are terrible at the moment, and the extreme democrats and republicans are equally deplorable. Man I'm going to miss Obama.We need someone like him fast.

  • Center Left
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    VT, you're entitled to your opinion even if it's misguided. You're not the first or last weak man to be threatened by and subsequently scared of a strong woman having control. I think the quick easy summary is an old t shirt message. "Mean people suck". The ignorant, lost, and drastically uninformed chose mean because they weren't sharp enough to understand mean doesn't equal strong.

    A real Democrat wouldn't have had the moral dilemma that you struggled with.

  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    All this talk does not change anything; Hillary is no longer in the picture, thus opinions of her are useless. Let's concentrate on our new Hitler, who's a hundred times more dangerous for this country than anyone else. Like Obama says "unfit" for the job. Amen
  • Independent
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    Why is n't there an real authority in this country who has the last word in an election to determine if someone is "suited" for this important job, like an real unbiased Supreme Court? How is it possible that without an "blink" this guy can do as he likes and even can run his own empire from the White House? Is 'n't it time to change our antique system/laws and "regulate" what the President's job is and his only job is. Also mandate to show "tax" returns as well limits on White House expenses, like security cost for an huge family and his properties as well other jojo's. Why are there no sound regulations about getting such important job? For the "little man" there are plenty of laws and rules; for the "big man" none. This country is indeed an "Banana Republic"
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    That is up to the parties. The Democratic party saw Hillary as the best candidate and at the same time viewed the other candidate as unelectable.
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    Hillary has no one to blame but herself followed by her advisors and then the Democratic Party. I voted for her but she was not a good campaigner, not for the idiocy of the American electorate of today. The impact of shifting demographics combined with the Von Hayekization of the economy/society laid the groundwork for reactionary charlatans to arise.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Lonely bird, As I stated before, the Democratic Party spent the wealth of FDR's legacy like a drunken sailor on a three day pass. FDR's party helped people to live, now liberals tell people how to live. The party has to go back to working for the poor and lower class like it is the end of the world. A rising tide raises all votes. Helping the lower class will require laws and policies that will help everybody. The right wing anthem that you are responsible for your own destiny and at the same time they are passing laws to help the ultra class has to be exposed for the falsehood it is. Cut and save has to be exposed for the disastrous policy it is. The poor and lower class have been swindled again tricked into electing a President that promised to keep their wages low and then lied about it.