When the votes began to be counted, all the pundits and prognosticators considered Hillary Clinton a shoe-in for victory.
But as election night wore on, it became clear Donald Trump would be the next President.
And reports have surfaced Hillary Clinton took a call from Barack Obama that night and received some tough advice.
In the weeks leading up to Election Day, Clinton made the acceptance of the election results a central attack on Donald Trump.
She claimed to be “horrified” by Trump’s noncommittal response during the final Presidential debate when he was asked about contesting the results of the election.
However, in the early hours of the morning after election night, it was apparent Hillary Clinton had no path to victory.
States in the supposed “Blue Wall” like Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin fell into Trump’s column.
But instead of making a concession speech, Clinton sent out her campaign chairman John Podesta to tell her supporters at the Jacob Javits Center to go home because votes were still being counted.
While Clinton initially refused to make a public concession, minutes after Podesta addressed her supporters, Hillary called Donald Trump and congratulated him on his victory.
But what pushed her to reverse course?
Apparently it was the call from Barack Obama.
“You need to concede,” Obama urged Clinton over the phone as the Rust Belt states of Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania were trending Trump’s way early Wednesday morning. Authors Amie Parnes and Jonathan Allen cite several sources within Clinton’s orbit that depict a defiant team that was reluctant to concede the race even after being pushed by the Democratic president.
They did not want to admit defeat to their supporters publicly, even when the writing was on the wall. Staffers sent campaign chairman John Podesta to the “victory” party at the Jacob Javits Center to tell a somber crowd the race wasn’t over, nothing had been decided, and to just go home.
As Podesta was out addressing the crowd, a frustrated Clinton finally gave in and asked her aides for the phone. “Just give me the phone, I’m calling him.”
Clinton eventually delivered a public concession speech the following morning.
However, Clinton’s acceptance of the election results did not last long.
By Thanksgiving weekend, Clinton had agreed to sign onto recount efforts pushed by Green Party candidate, Jill Stein.
Stein launched a fundraising effort to pay for recounts in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, raking in nearly six million dollars.
Stein filed for a recount in Wisconsin.
But she missed the deadline for Pennsylvania.
Clinton will participate in the Wisconsin recount as well as Michigan, if that effort moves forward.
Many critics note this runs counter to the advice given to her by Barack Obama on election night, as well as contradicts her own campaign statements which attacked Trump for not hypothetically accepting the results of the contest.
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