And now, for the most exciting and stressful part of the election: the night itself. November 8th, 2016. Interestingly, Clinton and Trump were physically very close during the election itself. They were only a few blocks away from eachother in New York City. Clinton spent the night with her grandchildren, not following the results as closely as many Americans were. But really, she had the right idea. At that point, there was nothing to do but wait. She wouldn’t be able to do much more than deal with the results when they eventually came in.
One thing that Clinton wrestled with was the timing of her concession speech. She hadn’t put as much preparation into her concession speech. It’s understandable that she wouldn’t want to think about what she would do upon losing the election. But unfortunately, she needed to deliver that speech.
Clinton talks about the difficulty she faced when choosing exactly when to deliver her speech. Her hesitation is understandable, and she must have been in a difficult emotional space. However, she acnowledged Barack Obama’s concerns about waiting too long to give her concession speech. During one of the presidential debates, Donald Trump said that he would accept the outcome of the election…if he won. for many, this statement was understandibly terrifying. Clinton said that if she waited too long to give her concession speech, it may appear as if she was not accepting the results of the election, since she didn’t win. She didn’t want to give anyone that perception of her, she didn’t want to undermine our confidence in democracy.
Now, that does seem like a bit of a contradiction. The person that got more votes conceding to the one that got fewer out of respect to democracy. It seems that way, because it is. The Electoral College is something that has been a part of the US electoral system since the declaration was first drafted. I have some strong opinions on it, as do many others, but foir now it’s the system that we have to work with. And it’s the system that we have to work within. Is it going to go away anytime soon? Who knows. We have a habit here in the United States of hanging onto traditions that might not really be useful or relevant anymore. Is the Electoral College one of these? Some say yes, some say no, and only time will tell if we ultimately do away with it. Until then, we have to deal with the situation that we are in right now.