Hillary Clinton Is A Classier Woman Than You
Hillary Clinton just conceded to Donald Trump, and she is not crying, so we are not crying. (Yes, we are.) We never wondered whether Hillary would concede to a loss with grace, because she is a true American patriot, but actually witnessing it is something else entirely. She said, "this is painful, and it will be for a long time," but reminded the Americans who fought so hard for her that we must stay focused on the higher ideals that have already made this nation great. She also said we "owe it" to Trump to give him a chance not to literally burn this country to the ground.
But even more than that, Hillary Clinton passed the torch. She's not going to be the one to break that final glass ceiling, but someone is, and she wanted to talk to the young people directly, those who must now step up and fight to preserve the America we hold dear:
I've had successes and setbacks and sometimes 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.
It is, it is worth it. [...]
[W]e need you to keep up these fights now and for the rest of your lives.
And then she talked to young girls directly:
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.
Now, I know we have still not shattered that highest and hardest glass ceiling, but someday someone will — and hopefully sooner than we might think right now.
And to all of 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.
It's remarkable that Hillary Clinton did not cry when she said that, because that is when our ugly cry began.
Hillary made clear that we must choose to stay and fight, and even said she still believes "our best days are ahead of us," though you'll forgive us for being pretty sure those "best days" start somewhere after the 2020 election, or at least the 2018 midterms, if good, kind, loving people get their asses in gear and give President Trump (oh god, that's the first time we've typed it) the government he TRULY deserves, by which we mean a fully Democratic Congress.
She closed with scripture, which was not from Two Corinthians, but rather from Galatians:
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 of doing good, for in good season we shall reap. My friends, let us have faith in each other, let us not grow weary and lose heart, for there are more seasons to come and there is more work to do.
Hold on tight, shit's about to get real, and we're going to have to get our hands dirty, doing good work the way Hillary Clinton has shown us for thirty years now. Holy shit.
Sen. Tim Kaine, who might have been our vice president, introduced Hillary, and he was pretty badass too. He noted that, by the way, she won the popular vote (AHEM!), and he quoted William Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom ! , saying "They killed us, but they ain't whooped us yet." Indeed.
Sorry there are no Wonkette dick jokes in this post, but we're just not ready. But we're going to do our best to heed the call of the amazing, brilliant, qualified, compassionate, inspiring woman we had the privilege of supporting all these months, as soon as we start breathing again.