Hillary Clinton still has the presidential bug.
Clinton always thought it was her destiny to be president of the United States.
And Hillary Clinton made a tearful admission that left every person saying this same thing.
Hillary Clinton famously did not concede on election night 2016.
In a MasterClass video with NBC anchor Willie Geist on the power of resilience, Clinton admitted she never wrote a concession speech because Clinton and her team figured there was no way the former secretary of state could lose to Donald Trump.
The video centered on Clinton digging up the victory speech she intended to give on the night of her coronation as the first female president.
“I wanted to be as helpful as I could to the viewers and to the process of being in a MasterClass,” Clinton told Geist. “Even though we had a lot of bumps those last ten days, I still thought, you know, we could pull it out.”
A hallmark of Clinton’s comments over the last four years was refusing to accept the legitimacy of Donald Trump’s victory by falsely claiming the Russians stole the election.
But in her interview with Geist, Clinton actually admitted she lost before digging up her 2016 victory speech.
“I’ve never shared this with anybody. I’ve never read this out loud. But it helps to encapsulate who I am, what I believe in, and what my hopes were for the kind of country that I want for my grandchildren, and that I want for the world, that I believe in that is America at its best.” Clinton added, “I’m going to face one of my most public defeats head-on by sharing with you the speech I had hoped to deliver if I had won the 2016 election.”
A tearful Clinton read her speech which – of course – centered on identity politics and her crowning moment as becoming the first woman president.
Today with your children on your shoulders, your neighbors at your side, friends old and new standing as one, you renewed our democracy. And because of the honor you have given me, you have changed its face forever. I’ve met women who were born before women had the right to vote. They’ve been waiting a hundred years for tonight.
I’ve met little boys and girls who didn’t understand why a woman has never been president before. Now they know, and the world knows, that in America, every boy and every girl can grow up to be whatever they dream — even president of the United States.
You can watch the video at the bottom of this article.
Clinton’s speech leaning so heavily into her gender and the idea of America making history by electing the first woman president ironically helped explain her downfall.
In 2016 Hillary Clinton was the most unpopular candidate ever to run for president.
Clinton offered no compelling message or program other than America owed the presidency and voters possessed an obligation to vote for her because of her gender.
It’s lost on pundits now but Donald Trump – by contrast – campaigned on a message of improving the lives of the “forgotten man and woman” by renegotiating trade deals, stopping illegal aliens from driving down wages and keeping their children out of endless foreign wars in the Middle East.
It’s not surprising that Clinton never planned a concession speech as the pollsters and the pundits all claimed Trump had no chance to win.
But anyone comparing the agendas the two campaigned on – Hillary Clinton telling voters to elect her because of her gender and Trump promising to “Make America Great Again” – could tell that Trump stood a strong chance to win.
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