Tim Kaine delivered a heartfelt speech Wednesday morning about Hillary Clinton’s strength and perseverance in the face of sexism, despite her loss.
Kaine introduced Clinton on stage in New York City after Trump won the presidency with over 270 electoral votes. He quoted writer William Faulkner, saying, “They killed us but they ain’t whupped us yet,” and spoke of being proud of the “history maker” he ran with.
He also noted the challenges Clinton pushed to overcome as a woman running for federal office in the United States.
“My wife and I are so proud of Hillary Clinton. She has been and is a great history maker in everything she has done,” Kaine said. “She has made history in a nation that is so good in so many things, but has made it so uniquely difficult for a woman to make it into a federal office. … Last night she won the popular vote from Americans. That is an amazing accomplishment.”
As the Guardian pointed out, people don’t trust women as much as men. Just 30 percent of people surveyed in a CNN poll conducted in July said that they considered Clinton trustworthy, while 43 percent thought Trump was. The double standard is hard to ignore.
On Wednesday, Clinton admitted that the defeat was “painful,” but that she has hope for the nation and for all the little girls out there who dare to dream.
“Now, I know we have still not shattered that highest and hardest glass ceiling, but someday someone will — and hopefully sooner than we might think right now,” she said. “And to all of the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams.”
Hearts collectively broke across the country.