Last Updated on December 8, 2021
Failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton fought back tears as she read the five-year-old victory speech she had planned to delivered before being soundly defeated by 45th President Donald Trump in the 2016 election.
Clinton appeared on TODAY and read from the five-year-old speech while promoting her new MasterClass, videos which Clinton will sell on a video streaming platform.
“I didn’t, as you know, write a concession speech because even though we had a lot of bumps in those last 10 days, I still thought we could pull it out. So I worked on a speech that was really about my journey,” said Clinton.
“As a way of making it clear that, yes, I would be the first woman president,” said Clinton, “But I, like everybody, stood on the shoulders and lived the lives and experiences of those who came before us.”
Clinton then began reading from an excerpt of the speech in which she apparently discussed her desire to tell her mother that she had given birth to a future U.S. President. This excerpt appears to be from a video made available as part of her MasterClass.
“I dream of going up to her, and sitting down next to her, taking her in my arms, and saying,” said Clinton, “‘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.'”
Hillary Clinton gets emotional as she reads her “would have been” 2016 victory speech pic.twitter.com/ClAHdVsyoD
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Clinton famously did not deliver a speech on election night after it was confirmed that she lost to President Trump. Instead, she sent controversial Democrat operator John Podesta out to greet the crowd, and instead delivered a speech the next day.
Apparently, Clinton’s MasterClass involves dealing with defeat, something the former politician knows well.
Clinton lost the 2008 contest for the Democratic nomination for President to 44th President Barack Obama. Ironically, Clinton won the popular vote in this race, while losing in the delegate count.
Clinton ultimately lost to President Trump in 2016, securing 227 electoral votes compared to his 304. She received nearly 3 million more votes.