Instead of a Hillary Clinton concession speech delivered before a packed crowd of supporters, democrats at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan, New York were greeted by a nervous campaign chairman, John Podesta.
Podesta told the crowd to go home. “Several states are too close to call. So we’re not going to have anything more to say tonight.”
At the time of this statement, battleground states like Pennsylvania were at 98 percent precincts reporting, with clear indications of a Donald Trump victory. It is unclear why Clinton would leave her constituents in suspense, especially when it was all but guaranteed that Trump would win the day.
Clinton’s retreat from her campaign headquarters makes even less sense when it was announced just minutes later at 2:40am EST that she had already called President-elect Trump to congratulate him on his victory.
If the painful tears rolling down the cheeks of Clinton supporters awaiting comfort from their candidate are any indication, Clinton may have been too upset to speak in public.
Given the shock of what ended up being a landslide victory in an election expected to go easily to the Clinton camp, the reason for the former Secretary of State’s no-show is easy to understand.