Trump owed a ‘chance to lead,’ Hillary Clinton says

Former President Bill Clinton applauds as his wife, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks in New York, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. Clinton conceded the presidency to Donald Trump in a phone call early Wednesday morning, a stunning end to a campaign that appeared poised right up until Election Day to make her the first woman elected U.S. president. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Former President Bill Clinton applauds as his wife, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks in New York, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. Clinton conceded the presidency to Donald Trump in a phone call early Wednesday morning, a stunning end to a campaign that appeared poised right up until Election Day to make her the first woman elected U.S. president. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)


WASHINGTON (AP/WNCN) — Hillary Clinton spoke to her supporters Wednesday morning in a concession speech where she said Donald Trump is owed a “chance to lead.

It marked her first public remarks since her stunning defeat to Trump in the U.S. presidential election.

Clinton said she’s “sorry” she didn’t win the election, adding “this is painful, and it will be for a long time.”

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“We owe him an open mind and a chance to lead,” Clinton said of Trump.

She went on to ask her supporters to not stop believing in fighting what what they believe is right.

“Our best days are still ahead of us,” she said.

But she did call Trump early Wednesday to congratulate him on his victory in Tuesday’s election.

“To all the little girl whose are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful,” Clinton said. “Nothing has made me prouder than to be your champion.”

Clinton acknowledged America has not “shattered that highest and hardest ceiling” with her failed bid for the White House. But she says, “someday, somebody will.”

The defeated Democratic candidate gave a somber address to supporters and staffers in New York, Wednesday.

She urged them to strive to pursue their dreams, whatever they may be.

With her onstage were her husband Bill Clinton and daughter Chelsea Clinton.

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