By Claire Zillman
November 10, 2016

Hillary Clinton was candid in her concession speech yesterday. In urging Americans to keep fighting “for what’s right,” she said that her loss Tuesday night was “painful, and it will be for a long time.”

Nearly none of the world leaders who weighed in on the shocking election outcome were as frank. Many of them bowed to diplomatic obligations and congratulated Donald Tump on his victory, even after criticizing his divisive rhetoric during the campaign. U.K. PM Theresa May, for instance, gave Trump kudos on his “hard-fought campaign,” and said she looked forward to working with him on “trade, security, and defense.”

There was one leader to diverge from the litany of niceties. Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf expressed worry that Trump wouldn’t make Africa a priority. “We are concerned as to whether president-elect Trump will have an African agenda, will be able to build bridges with Africa,” she told the BBC. “We can only hope that he will do so in due course.” And she expressed what many gender equality advocates are likely feeling. “We are extremely saddened by this missed opportunity on the part of the people of the United States to join smaller democracies in ending the marginalization of women.”



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