John Podesta Tells Supporters at What Was Supposed to Be Clinton's Victory Party to Go Home

Podesta. Screenshot via CSPAN.
Podesta. Screenshot via CSPAN.

A little after 2 am Eastern time, Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta took the stage at the Javits Center in New York City and told her supporters to go home.

“Some states are too close to call,” he told them, at what was meant to be a victory party. “We’re not going to have anything more to say tonight.”

Trump is within five votes of the 270 electoral college votes he needs to be elected. But the Clinton campaign is clearly unwilling to concede tonight.


“Your voices and your enthusiasm mean so much to her and to Tim and to all of us,” Podesta added. “We are so proud of you. And we are so proud of her.”

Before he left the stage, Podesta tried for optimism: “Let’s get those votes counted and let’s bring this home.”

Anna Merlan was a Senior Reporter at G/O Media until September 2019. She's the author of Republic of Lies: American Conspiracy Theorists and Their Surprising Rise to Power.

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I am just going to keep saying this everywhere, because I have zero other words but I feel this knot in my stomach:

To the LGBTQ community, my black, Latino and Muslim friends, to the disabled and to the women. I am so incredibly sorry. Please know that this is not a reflection of how MANY Americans feel. I mourn the loss of the progress this county has made for love and tolerance. We do love you and support you. I truly wish education were available to more individuals. I truly apologize for those who are unrepresented in this country. I am so sorry, I cannot apologize enough. Please know that I am with you. I understand your struggle and tears. And to the children in the Middle East ... I am so sorry for all of the hate and lack of empathy this country has displayed. Please understand, many are not educated and fear only for themselves..... I’m so disappointed in America choosing to be so blinded. I am so sorry for isolating this country and for this being the general belief and view of Americans. Please know that I don’t hate you.