(CNN) – Donald Trump’s unexpected victory last week is forcing democrats to do a little soul searching. Some democratic leaders say they’re willing to work with the President elect on some of his policies. Others say the party has to change.
Hillary Clinton, “I know many of you are deeply disappointed with the results of the election. I am too, more than I can ever express.”
Hillary Clinton offering new words about her punishing loss. She’s searching for meaning and dispensing comfort as democrats look forward.
Hillary Clinton, “I will admit, coming here tonight wasn’t the easiest thing for me. There has been a few times this past week where all I wanted to do was just curl up with a good book and our dogs and never leave the house again.”
Appearing at a children’s defense fund dinner last night, Clinton was greeted with a standing ovation. It was not the return to Washington she had hoped for.
Hillary Clinton, “I know this isn’t easy. I know that over the past week a lot of people have asked themselves whether America is the country we thought it was. The divisions laid bare by this election run deep. But please listen to me when I say this: America is worth it. Our children are worth it. Believe in our country, fight for our values and never, ever give up.”
Democrats are swiftly moving forward beyond the Clinton era finding their footing as republicans prepare to take charge of congress and the white house. In Berlin Thursday night, President Obama is still explaining Donald Trump’s victory to the world.
He ran an extraordinarily unconventional campaign and it resulted in the biggest political upset in perhaps modern political history he now has to transition to governance.
That transition underway on Capitol Hill, Vice President-elect Mike Pence meeting with leaders of both parties. Thursday night, house democratic leader Nancy Pelosi facing a new threat. Ohio congressman Tim Ryan is jumping into the race to challenge her. Saying: “what we are doing right now is not working.”
Pelosi defended her tenure.
Nancy Pelosi, “We cannot be taking full responsibility of what happened in the election.”
All this as democrats are pledging to work with Trump on pieces of the populist message he campaigned on, eager to exploit divisions with Trump and republicans. Vice President Biden says democrats must respect Trump supporters particularly if they hope to win them back next time.
Joe Biden, “They are not racists. Barack Obama won these people.”
Independent senator Bernie Sanders is trying to fill the democratic vacuum and pull the party’s reins back from Clinton in his progressive direction.
Bernie Sanders, “It is time for a new direction for the Democratic Party.”
At a breakfast with reporters today, sanders said it’s time for democrats to reassess what they stand for even though Clinton did win the popular vote.
What role do you believe she should play in rebuilding the Party?
Bernie Sanders, “She has a very important role to play in the future of the Democratic Party. Does that mean that she and I are going to agree on every issue? Frankly we are not going to agree on every issue.”