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Hillary Clinton addresses staff and supporters at the New Yorker Hotel in Manhattan following her loss to Donald Trump in last night’s presidential election.
Hours after conceding the 2016 presidential election to Donald Trump in a shocking turn of events, Hillary Clinton will address supporters in New York. Clinton had been scheduled to speak Tuesday night at the Javits Center. The campaign chose the steel and glass structure for its symbolism in anticipation of the Democratic nominee becoming the first woman to “shatter the highest, hardest glass ceiling.” When it became apparent that would not happen, Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta told voters to go home.
Clinton faced the general election challenge of the Republican nominee, New York businessman and builder Donald Trump. Apart from the historical turning point of a woman being nominated by a major party for the American presidency was the novelty of having a former First Lady nominated for the position once held by her husband.
The two presidential candidates first faced each other in a direct debate on September 26, 2016. It was conservatively estimated that 81.4 million viewers watched the event live, the largest audience for any of the televised presidential debates.
Along with the speculation about the former First Lady as a potential president there inevitably has come questions about how former President Bill Clinton would seek to define the public role of presidential spouse from the perspective of the first male to potentially hold that position. Which of course ended in historic defeat by Donald Trump.
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