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Hillary Clinton Tells Campaign Staff: ‘These Have Been Very, Very Tough Days’

Telling it like it is. Hillary Clinton addressed her volunteers during a conference call on Friday, November 11, telling them that “these have been very, very tough days.”

The former Democratic presidential hopeful, 69, added that though she lost the electoral vote to her opponent, Donald Trump, on Tuesday, November 8, her supporters should not lose faith.

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“It looks like we’re on the path to winning the popular vote and that says volumes about the importance of your work and the lasting impact it will have,” she said. “Listen, this is a hard loss for all of us because we know what was at stake in this election and we’ve got to do everything we can to continue to support the causes we believe in.”

Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton on Oct. 30, 2016.

The former secretary of State added that she wanted to impart her volunteers with hope and inspiration, despite the circumstances.

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“When you’re ready, I hope you will get back out there and keep fighting,” she said. “I never thought this campaign was about one person or one election. This is a tough time for our country. I think we’ve seen how people have reacted to events of this election and I know that we’ve got to be reaching out to each other to keep it clear in our own minds that what we did is so important.”

Clinton also told her volunteers that their work and dedication has “certainly lifted my spirits over the last few days.”

“I believe in everything we fought for and I believe in you,” she concluded. “So thank you all from the bottom of my heart.”

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Hillary and her husband, former President Bill, were spotted by fellow hiker getting some fresh air in Westchester County, New York, on Wednesday, November 9, the day after the election.

In a photo posted by Margot Gerstner, Hillary looks relaxed and dressed down in an oversize black hoodie, brown tights and black flats as she smiles for the camera with Gerstner, who is hefting her toddler daughter on her back.

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“I’ve been feeling so heartbroken since yesterday’s election and decided what better way to relax than take my girls hiking,” the proud supporter captioned the image, adding that, “As we were leaving, I heard a bit of rustling coming towards me and as I stepped into the clearing there she was, Hillary Clinton and Bill with their dogs doing exactly the same thing as I was.”

“I got to hug her and talk to her and tell her that one of my proudest moments as a mother was taking Phoebe with me to vote for her,” Gerstner wrote.

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