Hillary Clinton Reveals Her Planned 2016 Victory Speech

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has revealed for the first time parts of the victory speech she would have delivered if she had won the 2016 presidential election.

Clinton read excerpts of the speech as part of an upcoming episode for MasterClass, a streaming platform that features prominent people offering their views and advice.

In an excerpt of the episode released by NBC's TODAY on Wednesday, Clinton became emotional as she talked about her mother, Dorothy Rodham, in the remarks she would have given if she'd defeated former President Donald Trump.

"I've never shared this with anybody. I've never read this out loud," Clinton said.

"But it helps to encapsulate who I am, what I believe in, and what my hopes were for the kind of country that I want for my grandchildren, and that I want for the world, that I believe in that is America at its best."

Clinton, who was the first woman to win a presidential nomination for a major party, then shared parts of the speech she had planned to give on election night in 2016.

"My fellow Americans, today you sent a message to the whole world," Clinton said. "Our values endure. Our democracy stands strong. And our motto remains: e pluribus unum. Out of many, one.

"We will not be defined only by our differences. We will not be an us versus them country. The American dream is big enough for everyone. Through a long, hard campaign, we were challenged to choose between two very different visions for America. How we grow together, how we live together, and how we face a world full of peril and promise together.

"Fundamentally, this election challenged us to decide what it means to be an American in the 21st century. And for reaching for a unity, decency, and what President Lincoln called 'the better angels of our nature.' We met that challenge."

Clinton then addressed the fact that she would have been the first woman ever elected president, telling voters they had "renewed democracy" and "changed its face forever."

"I've met women who were born before women had the right to vote. They've been waiting a hundred years for tonight," she said.

"I've met little boys and girls who didn't understand why a woman has never been president before. Now they know, and the world knows, that in America, every boy and every girl can grow up to be whatever they dream—even president of the United States.

"This is a victory for all Americans. Men and women. Boys and girls. Because as our country has proven once again, when there are no ceilings, the sky's the limit," Clinton said.

The former first lady discussed a "foundation of fundamental values that unite us as Americans" and praised voters who might have made her president, calling them "a broad coalition of Americans embraced a shared vision of a hopeful, inclusive, big-hearted America."

Clinton's speech also discussed her late mother, Dorothy Rodham, and the difficulties she had faced.

"You may have heard me talk about her difficult childhood. She was abandoned by her parents when she was just 8-years-old. They put her on a train to California where she was mistreated by her parents and ended up out on her own, working as a housemaid," Clinton said.

"Yet she still found a way to offer me the boundless love and support she never received herself. She taught me the words of our Methodist faith: 'Do all the good you can for all the people you can in all the ways you can for as long as ever you can.'"

Clinton became emotional while speaking about her mother as a child and her suffering in life.

"Sometimes I think about her on that train," Clinton said. "I wish I could walk down the aisle. I wish I could walk down the aisle and find the little wooden seats where she sat, holding tight to her even younger sister, alone, terrified. She doesn't yet know how much she will suffer. She doesn't yet know she will find the strength to escape that suffering. That is still a long way off.

"The whole future is still unknown as she stares out at the vast country moving past her. I dream of going up to her and sitting down next to her, taking her in my arms and saying, 'Look at me, listen to me. You will survive. You will have a good family of your own, and three children. And as hard as it might be to imagine, your daughter will grow up and become the president of the United States.'

"I am as sure of this as anything I have ever known. America is the greatest country in the world. And from tonight going forward, together we will make America even greater than it has ever been for each and every one of us. Thank you. God bless you, and may God bless America," Clinton concluded.

Hillary Clinton Poses for a Photo
Former Secretary of State and first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton poses during a photocall for the film "Hillary" screened in the Berlinale Special category at the 70th Berlinale film festival on February 25, 2020 in Berlin. Clinton has shared part of a victory speech she would have given in 2016. DAVID GANNON/AFP/Getty Images

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