Quotes on 2016 U.S. Presidential Election

President Donald J. Trump

Victory Speech by President-Elect Trump

  • I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all of Americans, and this is so important to me. For those who have chosen not to support me in the past, of which there were a few people, I’m reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so that we can work together and unify our great country.

Concession Speech by Secretary Clinton

  • Last night, I congratulated Donald Trump and offered to work with him on behalf of our country. I hope that he will be a successful president for all Americans.
  • We have seen that our nation is more deeply divided than we thought. But I still believe in America –- and I always will. And if you do, too, then we must accept this result -– and then look to the future.Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead.
  • Our constitutional democracy enshrines the peaceful transfer of power, and we don’t just respect that, we cherish it. It also enshrines other things — the rule of law, the principle that we’re all equal in rights and dignity, and the freedom of worship and expression. We respect and cherish these things too — and we must defend them.
  • And let me add: Our constitutional democracy demands our participation, not just every four years, but all the time. So let’s do all we can to keep advancing the causes and values we all hold dear: making our economy work for everyone, not just those at the top; protecting our country and protecting our planet; and breaking down all the barriers that hold anyone back from achieving their dreams.

Statement by President Obama

  • I had a chance to talk to President-elect Trump last night — about 3:30 in the morning, I think it was — to congratulate him on winning the election.  And I had a chance to invite him to come to the White House tomorrow to talk about making sure that there is a successful transition between our presidencies.
  • I have instructed my team to follow the example that President Bush’s team set eight years ago, and work as hard as we can to make sure that this is a successful transition for the President-elect — because we are now all rooting for his success in uniting and leading the country.  The peaceful transition of power is one of the hallmarks of our democracy.  And over the next few months, we are going to show that to the world.
  • Now, everybody is sad when their side loses an election.  But the day after, we have to remember that we’re actually all on one team.  This is an intramural scrimmage.  We’re not Democrats first.  We’re not Republicans first.  We are Americans first.  We’re patriots first.  We all want what’s best for this country.  That’s what I heard in Mr. Trump’s remarks last night.  That’s what I heard when I spoke to him directly.  And I was heartened by that.  That’s what the country needs — a sense of unity; a sense of inclusion; a respect for our institutions, our way of life, rule of law; and a respect for each other.  I hope that he maintains that spirit throughout this transition, and I certainly hope that’s how his presidency has a chance to begin.
  • The point, though, is that we all go forward, with a presumption of good faith in our fellow citizens — because that presumption of good faith is essential to a vibrant and functioning democracy.  That’s how this country has moved forward for 240 years.  It’s how we’ve pushed boundaries and promoted freedom around the world.  That’s how we’ve expanded the rights of our founding to reach all of our citizens.  It’s how we have come this far.
  • And that’s why I’m confident that this incredible journey that we’re on as Americans will go on.  And I am looking forward to doing everything that I can to make sure that the next President is successful in that.  I have said before, I think of this job as being a relay runner. You take the baton, you run your best race, and hopefully, by the time you hand it off, you’re a little further ahead, you’ve made a little progress.  And I can say that we’ve done that, and I want to make sure that handoff is well-executed, because ultimately we’re all on the same team.