Donald Trump's election as president has been a difficult outcome to accept for millions of Americans, not only because of the hateful rhetoric Trump has promoted during his campaign, but also because we were so close to electing our first female president. The thought that Hillary Clinton could win the popular vote but not the electoral college makes it all so much more frustrating.
Late Night host Seth Meyers shared his thoughts on Trump's victory Wednesday night. He says he put his 8-month-old son to bed the night of the election and told him that when he woke up the next morning, we might have a female president.
"I do really feel for the parents who had to explain this to their kids this morning, especially parents with daughters, because a lot of them, like me, probably thought Hillary would be our first woman president, but she won't be," Meyers said. "But that does mean that someone's daughter is out there right now who will one day have that title. Maybe you're a woman who's currently a senator, maybe you're still in college. Hopefully, you're not a toddler, but who knows? With the way things went last night, who knows?"
Meyers shared his wish to see a woman elected to the position in his lifetime, and he got choked up talking about his mother, whose name also happens to be Hillary.
"The fact is, we don't know who you are, but I imagine this moment today will be a defining one for you — one that will make you work harder and strive farther," he said to the woman who will one day hold the title. "And whoever you are, I hope I live to see your inauguration, and I hope my mom does, too. She was really excited yesterday, and I was really sad for her."
It's a sadness and a hope shared by so many other Americans this week. Clinton's nomination itself marks huge progress for American politics, as does the election of several women of color to the U.S. Senate this week. It's only a matter of time before that highest glass ceiling is finally shattered.