Hillary Clinton has read aloud publicly for the first time the victory speech she would have given if she had won the presidential election against former US President Donald Trump in 2016.
The former US Secretary of State and first lady read portions of the speech as part of a MasterClass on the power of resilience she is giving.
“In this lesson, I’m going to confront one of my most public defeats by sharing with you the speech I had hoped to deliver if I had won the 2016 election,” Clinton said in a voiceover on the NBC Today talk show website.
The video shows Clinton opening a document and reading passages from her speech in which she emphasizes the importance of unity.
“My fellow Americans, today you have sent a message to the whole world … We will not be defined only by our differences, we will not be an us versus them country. The American dream is big enough for everyone,” she says.
The speech then discusses the significance of her election as the United States’ first female president and what it would have meant for the country and the world.
“I’ve met women who were born before women had the right to vote … I’ve met little boys and girls who didn’t understand why a women has never been president before,” it reads.
“This is a victory for all Americans, men and women, boys and girls, because as our country has proven once again, when there are no ceilings, the sky’s the limit.”
Clinton then breaks down in tears as she speaks about her late mother’s difficult childhood and what she would have told her about the victory if she could go back in time. Dorothy Howell Rodham died in 2011 at the age of 92.
“I dream of going up 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.”
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Hillary Clinton is sharing the victory speech she planned on giving after the 2016 presidential election for the first time on a Masterclass episode about "the power of resilience." https://t.co/qbqVM6hPHG pic.twitter.com/7kZo2Twfs0
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