Hillary Clinton was supposed to speak and finally concede on-camera at 9:30 a.m. We were still waiting for her at 11:30. Is that rude? Like, I voted for her and genuinely wanted her to be president, but I think she should have conceded on camera early this morning, right after she conceded to Donald Trump on the phone. Instead, John Podesta came out and told all of the Clinton supporters to go home in the wee hours of the morning and Hillary didn’t appear on camera until hours after she was scheduled to speak. And so now here we are.
Don’t get me wrong: this was difficult. I know her heart is broken. I know she had to come to terms within a matter of a few hours that her political career is over, that she will never be president of the United States and that the voters’ lack of engagement and lack of enthusiasm with her and for her is one of the big reasons why an orange fascist was just elected president. So I don’t begrudge her the fact that she needed a moment. So, here’s the speech (you’ll need to skip ahead to the 10-minute mark to see Time Kaine’s intro).
Tim Kaine’s voice was already breaking when he introduced Hillary, but she kept it together. I started to lose it when she said, “This is painful, and it’ll be for a long time.” Then I was full-on crying when she was talking directly to the young women who worked for her campaign, and the women of America: “This loss hurts. But please never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it. To all the women…who put their faith in this campaign and in me…nothing has made me prouder than to be your champion. To all the little girls watching…never doubt that you are valuable and powerful & deserving of every chance & opportunity in the world.” She also acknowledges that it’s the end of the road for her, but that maybe her journey will make it easier for the next woman: “We have still have not shattered that highest and hardest glass ceiling. But some day, someone will.”
Meanwhile, you know how Trump said during the second debate that Hillary “would be in jail” if he was president? You know how people were chanting “Lock Her Up!” at his rallies? Yeah. Guess what? It might happen. In just two and a half months, Donald Trump is going to have his own Attorney General… and probably a new FBI Director, considering James Comey is on the way out no matter what, either Pres. Obama will fire him or Pres. Trump will. So Trump could conceivably have an investigation opened up into Hillary. The Washington Post has a new article which theorizes the reasons why Trump may and may not do that. It’s also possible that Pres. Obama would give Hillary a blanket pardon for everything. Ugh.
So, yeah. I’m probably going to get blitzed on wine coolers tonight.