Hillary Clinton thanks campaign staff, distributes 1,000 roses from supporters

US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton makes a concession speech after being defeated by Republican president-elect Donald Trump in New York on Nov 9, 2016.
US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton makes a concession speech after being defeated by Republican president-elect Donald Trump in New York on Nov 9, 2016.PHOTO: AFP

Days after losing the US presidential election to Mr Donald Trump, Mrs Hillary Clinton was said to be inconsolable as she made an appearance at a party for her campaign staff on Friday (Nov 11) in New York.

She told them on Friday night to keep fighting for what is right, the Daily Mail reported.

"I love you and will be forever grateful to you and I hope that our paths will cross in some ways over the months and years to come," she said to the cheering crowd.

In videos shared by her staff on social media, Mrs Clinton was greeted by cheers as she walked on stage to address the crowd in Brooklyn.

"Thank you so much," said Mrs Clinton as the crowd started chanting her name.

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In her brief speech, she urged her staff to keep fighting for what they believe in and not lose hope because of the loss, reported CNN.

Both her husband Bill Clinton and campaign chairman John Podesta were reportedly crying as she spoke on stage.

More than 1,000 red roses were distributed among campaign staff at the party. The roses were sent to Mrs Clinton by supporters after her election loss.

Separately that same night, Mrs Clinton told her campaign volunteers in a conference call that she was not going to "sugarcoat it" and that "these have been very, very tough days" after the election loss.

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She thanked her volunteers, whom she called "the heart and soul of the campaign". "Being your candidate has been one of the greatest honours of my life," said Mrs Clinton in an audio clip on CNN.

This comes a day after a "heartbroken" supporter bumped into the Democrat while on a hike in Chappaqua, New York.

 

Ms Margot Gerster was with her daughter when she saw Mrs Clinton and Bill walking their dogs. Ms Gerster wrote about the brief encounter on Facebook and shared a photo that Mr Clinton had snapped of her with his wife.

The post quickly went viral, with 105,000 likes and nearly 9,000 shares, despite accusations from some that the photo might be staged.

"I got to hug her and talk to her and tell her that one of my most proudest moments as a mother was taking Phoebe with me to vote for her," she wrote.

Ms Gerster told CNN that Mrs Clinton was seemingly at peace despite her loss.

"She seemed as well as anybody could be expected after such a crazy, crazy experience."