Hillary Clinton shares intended 2016 victory speech
Former Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton has revealed the victory speech she meant to give in 2016 after the presidential election, even getting emotional in a video about it, spurring a wave of mockery from her critics.
It’s been five years since her loss to Donald Trump, but Clinton appears to still not be over it. The former secretary of state shared the victory speech she had prepared in case she won, even revealing she never bothered to write a concession speech.
Clinton’s speech is now part of a lesson on the MasterClass lecture platform and part of it was previewed on Wednesday’s ‘The Today Show.’
“My fellow Americans, today you sent a message to the whole world: Our values endure, our democracy stands strong and our motto remains ‘e pluribus unum,’ out of many one,” is one excerpt from what Clinton would have said from New York in 2016 as the newly-elected president.
The failed presidential candidate later gets visibly emotional when speaking about her mother, who passed away in 2011.
“I think about my mother every day,” she says, choking back tears. “I wish I could walk down the aisle and find the little wooden seats where she sat, holding tight to her even younger sister, alone, terrified. She doesn't yet know how much she will suffer. She doesn't yet know she will find the strength to escape that suffering – that is still a long way off.”
Clinton’s ‘what if’ speech has been met mostly with a wave of mockery from critics, many reminding Clinton just how long it’s been since her election loss.
This is like televising your private sessions with your therapist. https://t.co/GWz6XL9G41— DebraNYC (@DebraHendler) December 8, 2021
Speaking of 2016, I looking forward to seeing @WillieGeist grill @HillaryClinton over the Steele Dossier (Clinton campaign lawyer Elias hired Fusion GPS & met w/ Steele & was passing info to her campaign) & about the Alfa Bank claims, all of which is being scrutinized by Durham. https://t.co/0wkQkm0QWCpic.twitter.com/c5JWElaZ5j— Jerry Christmas 🎄🎅🏽 (@JerryDunleavy) December 8, 2021
Republicans: please go away Democrats: please go away Socialists: please go away Libertarians: please go away Hillary Clinton: https://t.co/4IeYdCx4qx— Jordan Chamberlain (@jordylancaster) December 8, 2021
Clinton told ‘Today’ she is sharing her speech now in an effort to be “helpful” and to inspire others to “chart” their own paths. Despite “bumps” in her campaign, she added, she expected they would “pull it out” and would beat Trump on election day.
For the first time, @HillaryClinton is sharing the speech she would have made if she had won the 2016 presidential election. Watch more of the conversation on #SundayTODAY with @WillieGeist. pic.twitter.com/iRLbKUGINc— TODAY (@TODAYshow) December 8, 2021
MasterClass is an online platform that hosts lessons taught by experts in various fields, with Clinton among a handful of its recent high-profile hires. Her husband, former president Bill Clinton, will also host an upcoming lesson on leadership.