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The moving reason why Hillary Clinton wore purple for her concession speech
The former presidential candidate chokes back tears as she delivers the most painful, and potentially the last, major speech of her long political career

Reason why H.Clinton wore purple for her concession speech
Husband Bill wore a matching purple tie at the event at the New Yorker Hotel in Manhattan.

It was the most painful speech of her long political career, and one she hoped she would never have to deliver. But as Hillary Clinton choked back tears on Tuesday, she graciously urged her loyal Democratic supporters to unite to give Republican Donald Trump a chance to lead.
Known for her trademark power dressing throughout the presidential campaign, Clinton, 69, wore a striking purple blouse and purple lapels on her blazer.



Secretary Clinton's choice of purple reflected her message of unity following her unexpected and painful defeat. Many observers on social media acknowledged the symbolism of purple as a mixture of blue and red - the colours of the Democratic and Republican parties.



Swing states are often referred to as “purple states”, and Clinton addressed the battleground parts of the country that hung in the balance until the final hour last night. She said: "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." Clinton looked shattered and admitted that her defeat cut deep, describing it as “painful” and adding: "It will be for a long time. "This loss hurts. But please never stop believing that fighting for what is right is worth it. It is, it is worth it." Trump’s shock victory was a crushing end to her dream of topping more than 40 years of public service with the top job – and her brave smile belied her deep anguish.

Reason why H.Clinton wore purple for her concession speech

Clinton had also looked set to wake up as America’s first female president.

But instead of jubilant supporters cheering her shattering of that great glass ceiling, she saw her army of campaign workers reduced to tears as she delivered her reaction to the loss that shook the globe.

Reason why H.Clinton wore purple for her concession speech
Clinton supporters overcome with emotion at the election result

Clinton’s address marked a devastating end to a campaign that had promised history but will be remembered for failing the electorate in America’s heartlands, in states including Pennsylvania, Ohio and Wisconsin.

As she spoke, she railed against Trump’s divisive campaign, imploring people to come together and work with Republicans to heal America.



She said: "Our democracy demands our participation not just every four years but all the time.

"So let’s do all we can to keep advancing the causes and values we all hold dear. Making our economy work for everyone, not just those at the top, protecting our country and protecting our planet. "And breaking down all the barriers that hold any American back from achieving 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 everyone.”

Reason why H.Clinton wore purple for her concession speech
Clinton told supporters to give Trump 'an open mind and the chance to lead'

Taking a swipe at Trump, she added: “For people of all races and religions, for men and women, for immigrants, for LGBT people and people with ­disabilities. For everyone."

Clinton expressed deep regret at not finally putting a woman in the White House. But she said: “Someday, someone will and hopefully sooner than we might think. And to all the little girls 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.”



Her speech also looked set to bring the curtain down on the Clinton political dynasty, 16 years after husband, former president Bill, 70, left the White House. Among Clinton’s heartbroken crowd were her army of celebrity supporters. Throughout her campaign, she was championed by stars including Beyonce and hubby Jay Z , Bruce Springsteen , Barbra Streisand , Meryl Streep , Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio .

Reason why H.Clinton wore purple for her concession speechA man reacts as he watches voting results

Clinton's celebrity supporters vowed to keep fighting.

Tinseltown’s big names had posted jubilant selfies on the way to the ballot box. But their joy turned to dismay as Trump topped the 270 Electoral College votes needed to secure victory.

When the result was in, singer John Legend referenced the billionaire’s failed education business as he tweeted: “I feel like America just sent in our tuition check for Trump University.” And Madonna posted an image of herself in sunglasses, writing “A New Fire Is Lit. We Never Give Up. We Never Give In.”

Singer Katy Perry wrote: “We will never be silence. #lovetrumpshate. Do not sit still. Do not weep. MOVE. We are not a nation that’ll let HATE lead us.”
Cher told her 3.2 million Twitter followers: “World will never be the same. I feel sad for the young.”

But Lady Gaga ramped things up by staging a protest at Trump Tower in New York’s Manhattan – where the tycoon’s campaign headquarters was based.

Reason why H.Clinton wore purple for her concession speechHillary remained positive that there will one day be a female President

The singer, a prominent Clinton supporter, stood on a dustbin lorry with a sign that read: “Love Trumps Hate.”

And British stars were feeling anger and disappointment too. James Corden simply tweeted “ Brexit feelings” while J K Rowling wrote: “We stand together. We stick up for the vulnerable. We challenge bigots. We don’t let hate speech become normalised. We hold the line.”

Pop star Lily Allen posted: “Unqualified moronic orange misogynist beats competent woman with wealth of experience in diplomacy. Today is for outrage and disappointment. Tomorrow we take our world back.”

But not all celebrities were against Trump. Action film star Steven Seagal wrote: “Congratulations @realDonaldTrump for your stunning victory over your opponent! Looking forward to making AMERICA great again!”

And Piers Morgan said: “Congratulations to my friend @realDonaldTrump – an astonishing achievement.”





09:13, 10 NOV 2016 BY NATALIE EVANS , CHRISTOPHER BUCKTIN mirror.co.uk

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