It was unusual, but not unprecedented for Hillary Clinton to have not made her concession in public last night. At least she had the decency to make a phone call and give President-elect Trump her concession.
In the New York magazine, Gabriel Sherman provides the following details about the concession call:
Shortly after 2 a.m., Trump’s advisers heard that Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta was headed to the Javits Center to address devastated Clinton supporters. “We thought that was odd,” Conway said, “So we said let’s go to a holding room” – at the Hilton [the New York Hilton Midtown] – “and we can hunker down and watch the returns from there.”
Trump’s advisers arrived at the Hilton and waited for Fox News to call the election. Around 2:30 a.m., Conway’s cell phone rang. It was Huma Abedin calling on behalf of her boss, Hillary Clinton. She was ready to concede. “Hi Kellyanne, it’s Huma. Is Mr. Trump available?” Abedin said, according to Conway. Conway passed the phone. She recalled his end of the conversation: “He said, ‘You’re a smart tough lady and you ran a great campaign. Thank you for calling. I respect you.” Conway said they spoke for about a minute.
Fox News called the election for Trump a few minutes later. . . .
Trump’s speech was notable for its un-Trumpian magnanimity (also for his conspicuously not thanking Jared Kushner during his praising of the staff.) Conway told me the speech reflected Trump’s desire to reach out. “We’re going to rely on President Obama and Secretary Clinton as we transition and form a government,” she said.
If you missed Trumps victory speech you can watch or read it here.
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