What Concession Speeches Say About Us As A Country

What Concession Speeches Say About Us As A Country

at what point will you declare victory when there’s victory if there’s victory i think i think we’ll have victory i think the the polls are you know suppression balls and i think we’ll have victory but only when there’s victory i mean you know there’s no reason to play games president trump in an interview with fox news this morning i can understand why i mean his his schedule has been absolutely remarkable over the past over the last week or so just like four years ago but you can tell he’s really exhausted after uh quite a run so with that answer amid the reports that he may try to falsely claim victory

before all the votes are in whatever happens tonight one thing we are very unlikely to get is a concession speech from the losing candidate a speech that is possibly the most important part of this country’s peaceful transfer of power one of the great features of america is that uh we have political contests that they are very hard fought as this one is hard fought and once the decision is made we unite behind the man who was elected i have no bitterness no rancor at all i say to the

president as a as a fellow politician that he did a wonderful job mr nixon has won the democratic process has worked its will so now let’s get on with the urgent task of uniting our country congratulations on your victory i hope that in the next four years you will lead us to a time of peace abroad and justice at home you have my full support in such efforts the president asked me to tell you that he telephoned president-elect carter a short time ago and congratulated him on his victory the people of the united states have made the choice and of course i accept that decision he is one we are all americans he is our president and we honor him tonight he will be our president and we’ll work with him this nation faces major challenges ahead and we must work together there is important work to be done and america must always

come first so we will get behind this new president and wish him wish him well i have said repeatedly in this campaign that the president is my opponent not my enemy and i wish him well and i pledge my support this is america just as we fight hard when the stakes are high we close ranks and come together when the contest is done but in an american election there are no losers because whether or not our candidates are successful the next morning we all wake up as

americans whatever our differences we are fellow americans and please believe me when i say no association has ever meant more to me than that i so wish that i had been able to fulfill your hopes to lead the country in a different direction but the nation chose another leader and so ann and i join with you to earnestly pray for him and for this great nation we must accept this result and then look to the future our constitutional democracy enshrines the peaceful transfer of power and we don’t just respect that we cherish it you know it’s really just heartbreaking moments there for anybody a

republican or a democrat heartbreaking moments and yet moments that i think more aptly get to the heart of american greatness of the power of democracy the strength of democracy that when somebody loses and in probably the most heartbreaking professional moment of their career they step back and they salute the winner and they urged their followers to move forward with a peaceful transfer of power willie heartbreaking moments there you look at nixon in 60

who who conceded the race despite the fact he and his team believed that kennedy had stolen illinois we of course asked pat buchanan one time why they didn’t contest and he said because we stole kentucky joe but humphrey in 68 the pain of losing that sort of race ford in 76 and other close race jimmy carter who had given us all and and made some accomplished great things on the international stage uh heartbroken in 1980 for good reason uh and and then yeah you of course i mean i i just wrote this quote down uh george h.w bush how blessed this country has been to have leaders like

george h.w bush america must always come first al gore in 2000 was stiff and a wooden through the entire campaign and yet yeah he spoke like an amer an american cicero that night when he had to give the the most painful speech of his life uh but he was you could tell he was strengthened in his resolve because of how much he loved america because of how

much he loved this country the most heartbreaking of circumstances you can say the same thing about mitt romney and 12 and of course hillary clinton in 2016. it is actually uh how it’s one of the the key markers of this democracy strength of of this constitutional republic and we pray to god uh that we will see it either tonight or in the coming days uh from whichever one of these candidates uh is not successful in their attempt to be elected president

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