It’s quite probable that the 2016 presidential election was the most bitter and contentious in American history since the 1824 and 1828 elections involving John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson. When enough votes were tallied to certify that Donald Trump had won the Electoral College vote, Hillary Clinton refused to concede for the longest while, even after Barack Obama had asked her to do so several times.
As 2016 election night drew on, it became more and more apparent that what polling companies, political pundits, and tens of millions of people across America and the world had considered “impossible” was going to happen.
Donald Trump was going to become the 45th President of the United States.
As the results streamed in, the night began to take on an eerie similarity to 2000 — George W. Bush versus Al Gore. Once Trump “went over the top,” would Clinton concede, or, as was famously the case with Gore, refuse to do so?
Like most of the liberal Democrats in America, Hillary Clinton just did not want to admit that she lost the election to Donald Trump. Most losing candidates concede the election as soon as they know they lost, but not Hillary. So why didn’t she concede until the next day?