At roughly 2:40am EST, CNN’s Dana Bash reported that Hillary Clinton called Donald Trump to concede. It’s not something that many people thought possible as early as yesterday morning. “Upset” barely conveys the meaning.
I wrote this week’s column expecting a different result. The meaning is the same. At the risk of sounding like a plug, it may be worth a read again now that this is done.
I know from speaking with quite a few Hillary Clinton supporters this afternoon that many were totally unprepared for this outcome. They’re going to need some time. It took me months to accept the fact that Trump was the GOP nominee. It will take many of them a while (and some Republicans too) to let the reality of this moment sink in.
I believe this country has always been great. Never perfect. Always great.
Part of our greatness is a peaceful transition of power, which is underway. We may not like it, but this is where we are. It is a time for unity. It is a time for the winners to be gracious. It is a time for the rest of us to accept where we are, and move forward together.
There are a lot of lessons to be learned from this race. We’ll have much time to explore that in the days and weeks ahead.
Right now, it is important to start at the beginning. 2016’s election is over. Donald Trump is OUR President.