Hillary Clinton's Concession Speech: 'I Offered to Work with Trump on Behalf of Our Country'

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(Photo : Gage Skidmore/Flickr/CC) Hillary Clinton said in her concession speech that Americans "owe him [Trump] an open mind"

Hillary Clinton has vowed to work with the president-elect Donald Trump and asked the people who voted for her to have an open mind towards him.

"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," she said in her concession speech in New York.

Her husband Bill Clinton and daughter Chelsea were standing behind her on the stage as she addressed her supporters.

"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, 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," she said.

"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 are all equal in rights and dignity, freedom of worship and expression. We respect and cherish these values too and we must defend them," she continued.

Clinton asked people to keep working for the values they cherish, protect the country, and protect the planet.

"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. For everyone," Clinton reiterated.

She urged Americans to stand united irrespective of differences, and to respect each others' convictions.

"I am so grateful for our country and for all it has given to me. I count my blessings every single 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."

Clinton quoted Galatians 6:9 in her closing remarks.

"Let us not grow weary in doing good, for in due season, we shall reap if we do not lose heart."

"May God bless you and may God bless the United States of America," she said.

Meanwhile, protests erupted across the country and pictures and footages showing a mob burning flags emerged in media. A woman was reported to have been severely injured by a car in one of the protest rallies in California.

Tags HIllary Clinton, US Presidential elections 2016

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