White House aides reflected Tuesday on the wee hours of Nov. 9, when Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign conceded the race to Donald Trump.
White House social media director Dan Scavino shared a screenshot of Kellyanne Conway’s call log from that morning showing an incoming call from Clinton aide Huma Abedin that lasted two minutes.
“Screen shot via @KellyannePolls cell phone- of Huma’s call at 2:30amE….6 months ago,” Scavino wrote on his personal handle. “I have on video & will share that in the near future.”
Conway, a counselor to the president, shared Scavino’s post with the hashtag “memories.”
“Hey, @DanScavino,” she asked, “has EVERYONE ‘accepted the election results’ yet?”
While Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta had declared early Wednesday after Election Day that “she’s not done yet,” Abedin called Conway so Clinton could formally concede the race to Trump soon after.
“I’ve just received a call from Secretary Clinton,” Trump announced to raucous applause at his victory party. “She congratulated us — it’s about us — on our victory. And I congratulated her — and her family — on a very, very hard-fought campaign. I mean, she fought very hard.”
Conway has repeatedly criticized former Clinton aides for refusing to accept the results of the presidential election, accusing them of trying to delegitimize Trump’s presidency.
In her Nov. 9 concession, Clinton said she congratulated Trump and offered to work with him. “We must accept this result and then look to the future,” she urged her supporters then. “Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead.”
In an interview last week, Clinton ostensibly took responsibility for her loss but subsequently maintained that “I was on the way to winning” before FBI Director James Comey’s 11th-hour letter to Congress and WikiLeaks’ dumps of hacked Podesta emails.
Despite her unifying rhetoric in the aftermath of Election Day, Clinton also said last week that she is “back to being an activist citizen and part of the resistance,” a label Democrats have embraced in the age of Trump.