Hillary Clinton's Election Victory Speech Would Have Included This Powerful Message To Her Late Mother

Clinton shared an excerpt in her new book.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's speech conceding the 2016 presidential election to Donald Trump contained an inspiring message to young girls that they are "valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world." However, that isn't the speech Clinton — and millions of people around the country — would have preferred.

Clinton did not deliver a victory speech at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, where thousands of her supporters had gathered to celebrate the election of the United States' first female president. In the months since, we haven't known what the former secretary of state intended to say that night.


Thanks to Clinton's new memoir What Happened, we now know at least part of her planned remarks. In the book, Clinton shares an excerpt from the speech, in which she speaks about her late mother Dorothy, who was abandoned by her parents as a child and sent by train to live with her grandparents, who mistreated her.

According to HuffPost, Clinton prefaces the excerpt with a quote from poet John Greenleaf Whittier: "For all sad words of tongue and pen, the saddest are these: 'It might have been.'"

Here is what Clinton would have said about her mother had she won the presidency:

Sometimes I think about her on that train. 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 ... I dream of going up to her, and sitting down next to her ... and saying, 'Look at me. Listen to me. You will survive. You will have a good family of your own, and three children. And as hard as it might be to imagine, your daughter will grow up and become the President of the United States.'

The week after the election, Clinton shared a very similar message in her first speech since conceding, at the Children's Defense Fund's Beat the Odds Gala in Washington, D.C. However, Clinton instead shared that she would tell her mother she had become "a United States senator, represent our country as secretary of state, and win more than 62 million votes for president of the United States" — another set of major accomplishments worth celebrating.

This isn't the first glimpse we've gotten into a version of events where Clinton became president. Last week, the New Yorker revealed the cover it would have used to mark her victory, eliciting emotional responses from many on social media.

Although Clinton has said she will not run for office again, her accomplishment as the first female presidential candidate for a major party (and the first female presidential candidate to win the majority of American's votes) shattered a huge glass ceiling, and will undoubtedly inspire young women to do exactly what Clinton said they were capable of in her concession speech — achieve their dreams.


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