tv MSNBC Live With Tamron Hall MSNBC November 9, 2016 8:00am-9:01am PST
i'm craig melvin. tamron hall picking things up now. >> thank you, craig. good morning, everyone. coming to you live from our election headquarters in new york. it is a seismic upset. donald trump elected as the 45th president of these united states. it was a trifecta. republicans also maintaining control the house and senate. right now, we are waiting for hillary clinton. these are live pictures. we're waiting for secretary clinton to address her supporters and the nation after this stunning loss. she'll make her remarks at a hotel here in new york. not very far from trump tower in fact. she just left the separate hotel where she spent the night. and should be at the location within minutes we're told. president-elect trump declared victory around 3:00 eastern time this morning. after, we're told, secretary clinton called him to concede.
>> she congratulated us. it's about us. on our victory. and i congratulated her and her family on a very, very hard-fought campaign. hillary has worked very long and very hard. over a long period of time. and we owe her a major debt of gratitude for her service to our country. i mean that very sincerely. it is type for ime for us to co together as one united people. i pledge to every citizen of our land that i will be president for all americans. and this is so important to me. i want to tell the world community that while we will always put america's interests first, we will deal fairly with everyone. we will seek common ground, not
hostility. partnership, not conflict. it's been what they call an historic event. but to be really historic, we have to do a great job. and i promise you that i will not let you down. we will do a great job. we will do a great job. >> president-elect trump got a call early this morning we're told from the current occupant of the white house, president obama, who invited him to the white house tomorrow. president-elect trump accepted. right now we're waiting to hear from house speaker paul ryan. he is expected to make remarks in a few minutes in his hometown of janeville, wisconsin. it was speaker ryan who endorsed donald trump, who did not endorse donald trump but said he would vote for him. he did not campaign with trump at all. so how did the president-elect pull off the stunning victory? it was with wins in states like
north carolina, florida, ohio, pennsylvania, even wisconsin. she is winning the popular vote. she's ahead by more than 145,000 votes. if it holds up, it will be the second time in 16 years that a democrat has won the popular vote. but lost the presidency. the other being al gore. as we look ahead, what about the transition? what about the republicans who did not support him? what gave him at best lukewarm support? how about the world reaction? we're discussing all this. let's begin with jacob rascon live outside the trump building in new york. even the internal polling from the trump campaign did not show this victory.
that he had two speeches ready. >> that's what our reporting shows. i can tell you in being there, i spoke to staff who told me they couldn't believe it was happening as they won state after state. as pennsylvania was closing in and looking like it was going to trump, these aides could not contain their excitement. our reporting shows even the internal polling, as you just said, showed their path was so narrow, they were comparing for that concession speech. you had that political earthquake. he's gotten calls from kkt clinton. that call only about a minute. she was described as gracious. he also got a call by president obama. at this point, different tweets from people like john kasich saying it's time to come together. people like bush 41. we learned he called
president-elect trump. also bush 43 sending his congratulationings in a tweet. jeb bush says congratulations on your victory. as our president, columbia and i will pray for you in the days and months to come. also from mitt romney, best wishes for our duly elected president. may his victory speech be his guide and preserving the republican aim. it's worth noting all those people i just mentioned did not vote, as far as i know, from donald trump. bush 41 and 43. and mitt romney. they all seem to be coming in to his corner. hoping he can do well. of course, all of them said he would not do well. they promised he would not do well. they urged voters to vote against him. being, that just did not happen. and nobody is more excited than the supporters we've talked to throughout the months who always said that the polls would be
wrong. they're texting and calling and saying we knew it. they feel vindicated as no doubt the trump campaign does as well. >> moving forward, this meeting tomorrow, which obviously will be remarkable for many reasons between president obama and president-elect trump. kellyanne conway, the face of this campaign, was on the "today" show this morning talking about the call made between these two men. let's play what she said. >> well, it was a very warm conversation. we were happy to receive the call from the president. he was congratulated. i think they resoled to work together. which is exactly what this country needs. others who are in leadership conditions to help unify and help heal the country. >> obviously she described it as a warm conversation, healing
this country. we're not 24 hours into processing this information, but donald trump's transition team or at least we've heard a lot about it, chris christie, rudy giuliani, his nephew as well, seeming to be the influencers of perhaps how this meeting will go tomorrow. >> perhaps. senator jeff sessions being. all of these people, we're told, there was a meeting this morning. no doubt, discussions about what might go on in that meeting. i would mention one more thing. just a bit of color from last night. when we saw donald trump give his victory speech and it was such a different speech than we've ever heard him give. no talk of "drain the swamp" "build the wall" "lock her up" and i asked supporters about that and they said, well, this is president-elect trump. >> let's go to nbc's andrea
mitchell. she join us live now from the new yorker hotel in manhattan. what are you hearing behind the scenes? just what is the overall reaction, this devastating loss for her? >> shock, disappointment, bereavement. staff members crying. if you can see around me, the rows here of seats are filled with longtime supporters. ambassadors, former diplomats, friends, supporters, donors, longtime hillary clinton pals. groups of women who have come to every rally and every major primary state who travel frequently with her. and then surrounding that and in the balconies are staff members. they are just -- it's hard to even describe the shock and bereavement. because no one saw this coming. certainly not the media, not their own polls, not donald
trump's polls, as you just heard. this was just not anticipated by anyone who honestly explains what was going on. i can tell you that at noon yesterday, brian fallon was on our show and i asked him about how they felt and he said tired but elated. i checked back with him at 6:00 last night before we went on "nightly news" at 6:30 and said, is it still fair to say tired and elated? he said no, elated. and that was the case as late as 8:00 last night when staff members were circulated around the javits center. so they did not see this coming. i even got word from democratic sources in michigan that the turnout in michigan was not turning out in detroit and flint. in other words, not getting the strong minority vote they needed there. it was fairly early in the evening, around 8:30, maybe 9:00. at that point, we started seeing a tightening of the polls.
with the very early raw vote. but there were some clear warning signs. after that, there was no word from the clinton team. people who usually got back to us didn't get back to any of the journalists at the javits center. we waited for hours as they tried to absorb this. best indicator of the disconnect was john podesta coming over to the javits center trying to get everyone home, saying we're going to wait until every vote is counted. an hour or so later, hillary clinton was conceding in that phone call to donald trump. she's going to be introduced here by tim kaine the running mate, still senator, who can go back to his stage op, he will be introducing her when she speaks. i think you're going to see an uplifting tone. i did not think this is the moment for her to be attack the president-elect. i think she is aware of the
moment in history. >> we've talked a lot, andrea, about this phone call between president obama and president-elect trump. do we know what communications between the clinton campaign and the president have existed or if anything has transpired between them? >> between the clinton campaign -- >> no, no, president obama. >> i'm sorry, it's hard to hear here. >> between president obama -- >> i'm sure there's been a lot of communications. i think at every level. i don't know personally how many conversations but i'm certain that hillary clinton and barack obama, michelle even michelle obama, spoke last night. there's enormous gratitude for everything michelle obama did. we were there the late day when the president and michelle were introducing hillary clinton and the crowd of 33,000 at
independent hall. if popularity could be transferred, hillary clinton would have been elected president. president is at 49% popularity in our latest nbc news/"wall street journal" poll this week. they went all out. never before has a sitting president and first lady no less done so much for the person they hope to succeed them. and it was not only about hillary clinton, it was not only about his legacy, about their shared values, but it's deeply personal. there's no question that barack obama and michelle obama both feel that donald trump was at the center of the effort to delegitimize him with the birther movement and that there was a lot of concern about what he would represent. >> all right, andrea mitchell, thank you very much. for more details on what's going on behind the scenes, we will bring of course you, hillary clinton, as soon as it starts there. we're talking about the president, his conversation with
donald trump, and what we will see tomorrow. let's go right now to nbc senior white house correspondent chris jansing. she joins me now from the white house with the reaction. chris, josh earnest has now gone on the record. what else are you being told at the white house? >> well, look, obviously, everyone here as you saw with the trump campaign, happy, but with the clinton campaign, absolutely stunned. they're shocked here. none of the numbers they looked at that they believed in suggested anything like this. now the president is going to go on television and i think to call this a formidable challenge isn understatement. he's been out on the campaign trail for a month. hundreds of thousands of people cheering when he said that this, donald trump, is a man who is temperamentally unfit to be commander if chief who said he's unqualified to be america's chief executive. and now he has to call on those supporter, many of whom this morning are waking up and looking at this race in apocalyptic terms, call on them
to come together to support this new president for the good of the country. and then he is going to have him here as andrea said. donald trump, who suggested that his presidency wasn't even legitimate. he led the birther movement. who has said over the course of time barack obama is the worst president in history. he's a disaster. he's the most ignorant president in history. so you can just imagine the dynamic of bringing him into the white house and helping him make this transition, which has already been going on for a year. this is a meeting that was scheduled but of course here in the white house, it was a meeting that the president expected to be having with his former secretary of state, tamron. >> all right, chris, thank you very much. the markets, how are the markets reacting? the dow is actually up after futures dropped as month as 800 points overnight in reaction to trump's victory. nbc's jolie kent joins me now from the new york stock exchange. jolie, trump said this would be the brexit of the united states.
we saw after brexit the markets reacted. got back on track. here we are with this ex-streak twist from last night to this morning. >> yeah, tamron what we saw was the dow futures plunged. now we're up about 82 points. it seems like traders and investors are digesting what's going on here. i got greg row here, from livermore trading group. what is it about trump policies that are leaving thi market relatively steady now? >> last night, the markets were well oversold. when people realized the market was oversold overseas, people had to do some short covering today. >> what is it about trump's policies then that leave the market relatively calm at the moment? >> i think overall trump is good for the market. he's going to lower taxes for the average american. these are all bullish things for
the market. it means more money for people to spend and drive the economy higher. >> so what do you think then about trump's policies go forward economically? >> 2017's going to be kind a rough year because there's a lot policies in place. a lot people are looking at obamacare now that we have control of the house and the senate. which is a big thing. the drug stocks led the market up this morning because a lot of people felt obamacare could be repealled now. which was huge for the drug companies. so they led the market back up. and now you see that everybody covered and the market is now up 96 points in the long run, trump will be great for at economy and the market i feel. >> the dow up almost 100 points after a very volatile night. also, limited impact in asia. now we're watching this dow continue to rise, up 95 points. >> i want to let our audience know. you see that video. it's kind of a chaotic scene. this is hillary clinton arriving for her concession speech. you see the throngs of people,
security, as you can imagine. this is in the heart of new york city. it is chaotic on the mildest day. but on a day like this, that you see behind the view there, that's madison scquare garden. this is one of the busiest corners outside of times square in all of new york. she is arriving there now for this concession speemp. let me go to mark murray. he's standing by. whether you're a donald trump supporter or not, people are asking the question, how are these numbers so off? was this a donald trump victory or a hillary clinton loss in understanding these numbers? >> i think it's important to know the different states and fferent polling. some of it was kind of right and some of it was really off. that was some of the national polls that had hillary clinton ahead anywhere between 3, 4 and 5 points. and a lot the best polls that were out there. we ended up seeing overall right
now it is a tie -- >> i have to break in, paul ryan is -- we'll get you to stand by, if you will. let me send our audience to house speaker paul ryan, his first reaction on camera to the election. >> i want to congratulation reince priebus. you need to know how proud we are in wisconsin of reince priebus. what he has done to rebuild our party is remarkable. i want to congratulate mitch mcconnell in the senate. i want to congratulate ron jackson, something we worked so hard on his victory. just spent four days on a bus in wisconsin crisscrossing this state urging all republicans to come together to unify to win and that's exactly what happened. it was close quarters at times. it was worth it to get ron back for the next six years. i'm proud of the campaign our house members and candidates ran. i want to congratulation the team at the nrcc and our entire
house leadership team. what a phenomenal job. look at it this way. our house majority is bigger than expected. we won more seats than anyone expected. and much of that is thanks to donald trump.provided the kind of coattails that got a lot of people over the finish line so we could maintain our strong house and senate majorities. now we have important work to do. many months ago, republicans in the house united around a bold specific agenda for this country. it offers a better way forward for america. it will help us hit the ground running as we work with donald trump to do this. we will honor the timeless principles our country was founded on. liberty, freedom, free interprice conscience of the governed. we will apply those principles to the problems of the day. this is the kind of unified republican government that we set out to deliver. i want to close with this. there's no doubt our democracy can be very messy.
we do remain a sharply divided country. but now as we do every four years, we have to work to heal the divisions of a long campaign. i think president-elect donald trump set the perfect tone last night for doing just this. i know president and secretary clinton are committed to bringing the country together. this needs to be a time redemption, fonot a time of recrimination. we all need to dedicate ourselves to making america great and making it a more perfect union. with that, let me take your questions. kelly o. [ inaudible question ] is your relationship with the president-elect and your conservatives in the house -- >> yes, i think our relationship's fine. i've spoken with donald trump twice in the last 18 hours.
we spoke last night. we spoke again this morning. i think we are going to hit the ground run. we're already talking about getting our transitions working together. we're very excited. look, kelly, when i say 7 out of 10 meshes don't like the direction the country's going. they just voted. i think what donald trump pulled off is an enormous political feat. he heard those voices out there the that other people weren't hearing. he just earned a mandate. we now have that unified republican government. if you listened to us in the closing days of this campaign, with it was crisscrossing america or crisscrossing wisconsin, we were making an appeal to all republicans to come home and unify and we did just that and that's why i'm excited about where we are. >> does he support your speakership? >> we had great conversations on the transition. we are trying to get our schedules to meet, to flesh out how we build our transition.
i'm very excited about our ability to work together. >> what do you think of voters nationwide who were concerned -- [ inaudible question ] >> i'll say to wisconsinites what i said before the election. look at the direction we've been going. look at the direction we need to go. look at what a unified republican government can get you. i'm really proud of the fact that for the first time since 1984, wisconsin's ten electoral votes went to republicans. this is an enormous feat. you saw the marquette poll. we didn't think it could happen. donald trump turned it on its head. donald trump delivered the 10 electoral votes. by the way, he helped elect a strong majority in the senate. charles. >> i want to ask about that. you used the word mandate. you're going to repeal and replace obamacare. how quickly, what does it look
like, and what do you say to the folks who just don't feel like he is going to be their president? >> i think after a tough campaign where people believe they were pitching so hard for one thing or the other, the time is to heal and unify. this health care law is not a popular law. this health care law is collapsing. to your specific question about repealing replacing obamacare, this congress, this house majority, has already demonstrated we're able to pass that legislation and put it on the president's desk. the problem is president obama vetoed it. now we have president trump coming asking us to do this. we can fix this. it's not just the health care law we can replace. we now have shown the willingness and ability to do it. there's so many more things i'm excited about. think about the laid off co-workers now who see relief coming. think about the farmers in wisconsin being harassed by the epa and waters of the usa. think about the ranchers in the
west getting harassed by the labor department. there is relief coming. this is good for our country. this means -- >> we're going to transition from speaker paul ryan now saying this was an enormous feat by donald trump to hillary clinton, you see the media in place now. i understand that john podesta's just walk the into the room as well. kristen welker, andrea mitchell, are both on location there. as we await seeing hillary clinton on camera for the first time. we see congresswoman sheila jackson lee there being patted on the back. the face of this campaign in many ways. i think we have kristen welker standing by. are you there? >> i am here. i'm outside the venue where i can tell you that throngs of her supporters, her volunteers, have been streaming into this hotel throughout the morning. many of them still teary eyed, hugging each other, still it uned stunned by the fact she did
not win. then thought she was going to make history, become the first female president. it is a different reality today. her campaign hasn't given us any official guidance. but i anticipate that she will try to strike a note of unity. calling for this country to come together after what has been a bitter campaign season and try to begin that procession of healing. this was a devastating defeat for secretary clinton. all the polls were pointing in her direction. her campaign feeling incredibly confident heading into the day. and of course the outcome was just not what they were expecting. it sent shockwave also throughout the jp ajavits cente last night. >> you see the shock of the people in the front row. robbie mook, sheila jackson lee,
a guest on this show frequently. just clear shock again. their internals -- let me bring in mark. mark, look at the faces of the people here. even the donald trump people who are celebrating, they are celebrating in shock. we can say all day that people expected this. this is a stunning, stunning situation here. >> it's stunning to the people who looked at the numbers like me. it's stunning to the campaign operatives. people who looked at past presidential elections. i think the biggest thing that really ended up stunning people was a lot of the public polling that we ended up seeing even after james comey's bombshell on october 28th showed hillary clinton with a good lead in wisconsin. ahead in pennsylvania. and the sense is if she was able to hold on to those states, it wouldn't be a problem at all. then after the fbi said everything hillary clinton is in the clear, i think there was a expectation that not only was
she going to be able to hold on to those blue -- oncelue midwestern states, but also with some of the early vote totals we had been seeing, getting tea leaves on in florida, being able to carry that to victory. as we found out, florida and the polling actually showed florida was a tight race. but that broke for donald trump. north carolina broke for donald trump. and what we ended up seeing is going into the election, where donald trump needed to pull an inside straight, boy, did he get that inside straight, more by winning those toss-up races in florida and north carolina and then going into pennsylvania, going into wisconsin, and, tam ron, that was really, to me, the big stunner. >> you have a lot of people talking about the obama coalition. black voters. this latino surge that we talked about endlessly. how -- what are the numbers showing in reality? >> they're down. not substantially but down. african-american turnout, particularly the margin, were down. what we ended up seeing in 2008,
2012. latino vote was about the same. millennial vote, particularly the millennial spread that clearly clinton was able to get, vis-a-vis barack obama, was also down. one thing i've now noticed in the eight years of barack obama, when he's on the ballot, democrats do a lot better. when he's off, they don't do as well. >> let's bring in d.l. hughley. we're talking about the obama coalition, black voters, latino voters. how do you describe what happened last night? >> i think it was apathy and hate won. i think apathy on the part of millennials and a lot of black voters and people were motivated by hate. ultimately america shows exactly who it is. i think i'm not shocked. i think it is -- it's like my father survived jim crow, i can imagine i can survive donald trump but to me it is an exposing of who we are. >> why did this result in apathy? if this message of hate and divisiveness and the donald
trump message was so painful to black and latino voters, why not vote? >> because i don't think -- i think to a lot of black people it sounds familiar. i mean, let's face it, a lot young college millennials hear uncles and -- they hear those conversations or people saying things like that at thanksgiving or christmas or any time there's a family function so i don't think it sounds unfamiliar. i think people just oftentimes don't understand the ramifications of stuff. we'll know in a minute what that means. >> he did better with african-american voters than midrmi mitt romney did. was there an economic message that trump provided that may have resonated, particularly with black men who see themselves -- and the numbers show -- underemployed and may have the fear their jobs -- >> i think there's a lot
reasons. i think to me what it showed is that having a vagina is not looked at as horribly as grabbing one. there are a lot of people who couldn't see that in position, we couldn't see past our own fears. >> he received 66% of the female vote. >> yeah, well, it's not like all females support -- >> of course. >> it's not unnatural, you know, i'm at a loss to explain. i think there's a lot of reasons. i think that we are in a position now -- i think you can't have had this kind of -- no matter who would have came out with it, there would have been a problem dealing with it. because there was a surge of disaffected voters. i think that passion -- they spoke to that all the time. you constantly saw them referring to that. they had these secret -- it just says that people say out loud, do another thing --
>> obama's legacy, he said it would be a personal insult if people did not show up. what does this do to have donald trump, the person who attempted to delegitimize this first african-american president, be his follow up? >> today, it stings his legacy. five years from now, we'll see. >> kristen welker is standing by. what are you hearing as we look at these somber faces? people are hugging and crying here at 11:30 eastern time in new york. >> they're still processing this loss, tam ron. you talk about john podesta. i spoke with him yesterday afternoon. i said, i hear secretary clinton's preparing two speeches. tell me about what her concession speech would be like. he said, i don't want to think about that. a sense they really hadn't contemplated what this moment would be like. they thought they were heading towards victory. the way you were discussing about president obama. look, it is extraordinary the extent to which he was out on
the campaign trail for secretary clinton in the final weeks of this campaign. he was crisscrossing all the key battleground states, trying to energize the obama coalition. he said this was personal for him. this is protecting his own legacy. you think of obamacare. that two-year fight he had to get that passed. which he has acknowledged is not perfect but it is something donald trump has vowed to rip up on day one so that showed the high stakes here. the supreme court. significant differences in terms of how they would fill that opening. the list goes on and on. the president sees donald trump and his policies as a repudiation of everything he has been fighting for for the past eight years. of course he has invited him to the white house tomorrow. that is going to be a striking moment. the tone that he sets will of course be so critical to moving this country forward. but you would imagine that it would be did i cut for the president to take that step.
my sources inside the white house tell me there's a lot of devastation there as well, tamron. >> i'm got jonathan alter in here as well, chicagoan, you know the obamas. you've written about the obamas. how do you process what happened last night? >> i think it was a turnout issue. fewer republicans came out for trump then for romney and mccain as well. it was an apathy problem here. something was missing in that handoff from obama to clinton. you actually had people would told exit polars that they thought obama was doing a good job and they voted for trump. because obama's approval ratings are pretty high now. i think that also suggests there's some elements here that hadn't been explored. sexism for instance. there's been talk about racism.
but this would have been the first woman president. it may indicate america's not ready for a woman president. >> you have others who say she wasn't the rice woman. huma abedin just walked in. she represents what some believe is establishment and corruption and these things that stick on you and stick in the psyche. >> sometimes not enough. >> tim kaine just walked in as well. go ahead just quickly. >> i was going to say, you know, yes, many women voted for trump as well. women attitude toward women in power is also complex. ande don't really quite know the sort of psychogender dynamics of this race, we haven't figured that out yet. >> let's turn our attention to senator kaine. >> my wife ann and i are so proud of hillary clinton.
[ applause ] i'm proud of hillary clinton because she has been and is a great history maker and everything she has done as a civil rights lawyer and first lady of arkansas and first lady of this country and senator and secretary of state. she has made history in a nation that is good at so many things but that has made it uniquely difficult for a woman to be elected to federal office. she became the first major party nominee as a woman to be president and last night won the popular vote of -- [ applause ] that is an amazing
accomplishment. that is an amazing accomplishment. she's held fast to dreams. she was inspired at a young age. an epiphany if families and children do well, that's the best barometer for whether a society does well. in everything she's done, she's focused on that. we know she would have made history as a president in one sense. but we never have had a president who's made their whole career about the families and children and i wasn't as excited about that in the oftenal office as to have my friend hillary there and make history. i'm excited and proud of hillary because she has built such a wonderful team. there is a -- [ applause ]
there's a beautiful kind of comical parable in the new testament about a vin yard owner who hires people to work and says i'll pay you this for a full day. and then he hires people at noon and says i'm going to pay you the same thing for a half day. and though who started early in the day said hold on, you know, we don't like this, that you're treating everybody who came late just as well as you're treating us. here's what i've come to know so well about hillary. the team she has assembled over the years of people who are so deeply loyal to her because she's so deeply loyal to them is inspiring. but i've seen that same degree of loyalty and compassion and sensitivity extended to the most recent folks who have joined the team, the folks who came to the vine yard with just one hour to go. her loyalty and compassion -- of hillary and bill to people, that is just something so remarkable. finally, i'm proud of hillary because she loves this country.
nobody -- nobody -- [ applause ] nobody had to wonder about hillary clinton, whether she would accept an outcome of an election in our beautiful democracy. nobody had to doubt it. she knows our country for what it is. she knows the system that we have. and its the wars and blemishing. she's deeply in love with it and accepts it. she's been in battles before where if it didn't go her wayac. that love of country is something that i think is obvious to everybody. obvious to everyone. i want to thank hillary clinton for asking ann and i to join this wild ride. we about a week before she asked if i would be her running mate, ann and i went to westchester and sat down with hillary and
bill and chelsea and mark and charlotte and aidan for about three hours of conversation to try to determine whether we would be the right people to be on the ticket. and when we got in the car to head back to the airport after the three-hour discussion, i said to ann, honey, i don't know whether we're going to be on this ticket or not but we're going to remember that three hours for the rest of our life. and now we'll remember 105 days that we've had with this fantastic couple of public servants and all of you for the rest of our life. i'll just say this. hillary and i know well the wisdom and the words of william faulkner. he said, they killed us about they ain't wooped us yet. they killed us but they ain't wooped us yet. because -- [ applause ] we know. we know that the work remains.
we know that the dreams of empowering families and children remain. in that work that important work that we have to do as a nation, it is so comforting even in a tough time to know that hillary clinton is somebody until her very last breath is going to be battling for the values that make this nation great and the values we care so deeply about. now, please join me in welcoming secretary hillary rodham clinton. [ cheers and applause ]
>> thank you. thank you, all. thank you. thank you all very much. thank you. [ cheers and applause ] thank you. thank you so much. very rowdy group. thank you, my friends, thank you. thank you. thank you so very much. for being here. >> i love you. >> and i love you all too. 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 tha we did not win this election for the values we share and the vision we hold. p for our country. but i feel -- 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. [ applause ] i know how disappointed you feel because i feel it too.
so do tens of millions of americans who invested their hopes and dreams in this effort. this is painful and it will 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've seen our nation is more deeply divided than we thought. but i sill 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. 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. now, let me add, our constitutional democracy demands our participation. not just every four years but all the time. let's do all we can to advance the causes we hold dear. make our economy work for everyone. not just those at the top. protecting our country,
protecting our planet. breaking down all the barriers that hold any american back from acheaping their dreams. we spent a year and a half bringing together people from every corner of our country to say with one voice we believe the american dream is big enough for everybon fone. for people of all races and religions. for men and women. for immigrants. for lgbt people and people with disabilities. for everyone. [ applause ] [ applause ] so now, our responsibility as citizens is to keep doing our part. to build that better, stronger, fairer america we seek. i know you will.
i am so grateful to stand with all of you. i want to thank tim kaine and ann holten for being on this journey. it has been a joy getting to know them better and 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. [ applause ] to barack and michelle obama, our country owes you an enormous debt of gratitude.
[ applause ] we thank you for your graceful determined leadership. that has meant so much to so many americans and people across the world. and to bill and chelsea, mark, charlotte, aidan, our brothers and our entire family, my love for you means more than i can ever express. you crisscrossed this country on our behalf. and lifted me up when i needed it most. even 4-month-old aidan would be travelled 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.
[ applause ] you poured your hearts into this campaign. for some of you would are veterans, it was a campaign after you had done other campaigns. some of you, it was your first campaign. i want each of you to know that you were the best campaign anybody could have ever expected or wanted. and to the millions of volunteers, community leaders, activists and union organizers who knocked on doors, talked to neighbors, posted on facebook, even in secret private facebook sites. i want everybody coming out from behind that and make sure your
voices are heard going forward. to everyone who sent in contributions as small as $5 and kept us going, thank you, thank you from all of us. and to the young people in particular, i hope you will hear this. i have, as tim said, 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 professional, public and political careers. you will have successes and setbacks too. this loss hurts. but please never stop believing that fighting for what's right is worth it.
[ applause ] it is. it is worth it. and so we need you to keep up these fights now and for the rest of your lives. and 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. [ cheers and applause ]
now -- i know -- i know we have still not shattered that highest and hardest glass ceiling, but some day, someone will, and hopefully sooner than we might think right now. and to all the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams.
finally, 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. because you know -- you know, i believe we are stronger together, and we will go forward together. and you should never, ever regret fighting for that. you know, scripture tells us,
let us not grow weary in doing good for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. so 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 consequencial election. may god less you, and may god bless the united states of america. [ cheers and applause ] a gracious speech from hillary clinton with a powerful
message to the young girls who are in that room and watching at home. and to this country. let me just pivot to our panel. michael steele is here. michael, hillary clinton said this consequential election. as a republican, you've watched this play out. your party now controls the house, the senate and donald trump is -- >> yeah, and i hope people don't get -- you know, enjoy the moment. it's always important. and to get that out of your system when you win, okay? we got that. but we have to realize that this party went through a very, very strong tear at its fabric. you had a lot of leaders in the party, a lot of republicans in the party, not only distance themselves, but refuse to accept the possibility of donald trump as president. now he has got to bring those people into his orbit, into his table. they've got to figure out how to do that. because now it's time to govern. you have the senate, you have the house and the white house.
and the country's expectation is that you govern. and that's going to be an important challenge. >> let me go to kristen welker. kristen is standing by now. set the tone for the room. from what we cannot see from our vantage point. >> reporter: well, tamron, i'm actually outside right now from the hotel. but i think a couple of take-aways that struck me. secretary clinton seemed to become emotional at various points, had a very strong message to her supporters. that our democracy works because we accept election results. and now she said it is time to support president elect donald trump, and she talked about the importance of wanting him to be a successful president. but then she had an equally strong message to donald trump. she talked about the fact that the american dream, our democracy, is an inclusive one. includes people of all different races and religions and the freedom to practice your
religion and live the life you want. so i thought this was one of the most powerful speeches i have heard from her. it had a number of different arcs. obviously, very personal, as well, when she talked about her family, her campaign. the support that they have given her, along the way. everyone was wondering, what type of tone she would strike. and now we have our answer. it was one -- a call to just about everyone, to try to begin the process of healing after what has been a very divisive battle over these past 19 months, tamron. >> >> idea. let me bring in thoughts on her life. >> tamron, this was one of the classiest, most important concession speeches that has been given in american history. she not only gave great comfort to her grieving supporters, not only inspired young women and girls to stay in this, fight for themselves and for women, not
only refused to be brought down to donald trump's sliming level with even one jab at him, but most important, she stood up for the constitution. and the rule of law. and what she basically was saying was, don't go to canada. if you're a liberal democrat and a supporter. don't go tend your own garden without any regard to what's happening in washington. you must stay vigilant against this new president messing with our constitution. and that was her message. >> but this new president, we do not know where he truly stands. this morning, reince priebus is saying there is no mass deportation. we never got an answer on that. we do not know what he means by this ban on muslims. he says he wants certain supreme court justices, went on with a laundry list that seemed to be provided by the republican leadership. he may be a bigger threat to house speaker ryan. we don't know.
>> you know, the sad -- i was struck by the speech, too. i obviously think it was one of the classiest speeches i have ever seen. how do you govern when your whole campaign was built on the hatred of somebody else. absent that, you just qualified a bunch of things. we know we're equally as motivated by not seeing her get to the white house as seeing him do it. so what do you do when the whole premise of your -- hating people is not governance. so -- >> to your point, my colleague, carl cantonia -- i'm reading this. and on the trading floor, the new york stock exchange, including to carl cantonia, people were booing, shouting "lock her up." these are the wall street people. some individuals. i mean, we know it wasn't the entire room, but it was enough that carl can't nia, responsible journalist -- this is what was happening. >> this is so dispiriting. i think decency lost last night.
and that's what's so hurtful about this. not that just hillary clinton lost, but our image of who we are as a people, that we're tolerant, decent people. suffered a real setback. that doesn't mean we can't get that back. we face challenges in the past to our democratic system, throughout american history, from slavery to, you know, naziism. we have faced challenges before to who we are as a people. and we've risen to it. so what she was saying -- this is so important. stay in that fight. don't give up tryin to defend our constitution. >> but michael, what does speaker -- there was a moment where the republicans said "vote your conscience." and there were leaders, senator cruz, senator rubio who won and said he couldn't look his child in the face. how do they govern? do they try to move donald trump, or does he crumble them? >> that goes to the heart of the point i was making. that's what you're going to see play out during this period where the transition where his team moves in, and takes control
of the government -- >> his team of newt gingrich, rude guiliani. >> it's a whole other government outside of the campaign of people. very highly seasoned, qualified individuals. feel comfortable in the role they're going to play in the transition. but to your -- >> who are these people? he sat next to 17 qualified republicans, and essentially destroyed them all with no money game compared to what jeb bush -- who are these people? >> i'm trying to get you to look at, there is a difference between a campaign and all that goes into that, and what comes out of that. and now assuming the government and the white house and all that goes into -- >> that campaign was based on hate. let me just say this. america saw exactly who it was last night. exactly. now we could not like it -- exactly who we are, i think obama with what we aspire to be, trump and his suprt