Hillary Clinton conceded the presidency to Donald Trump with an emotional and inspiring speech on Wednesday morning.
Hours after her late-night loss to Trump, the Democratic nominee approached a dejected and divided nation with strength and encouragement on Wednesday, a well-needed moment of optimism noted by many watching in Hollywood.
In the blue state of California, the terms #Calexit and #Caleavefornia were trending on Twitter late Tuesday as some Californians renewed calls for a break from the United States after the results. Lady Gaga even protested outside New York's Trump Tower after Trump's win.
Among Clinton's staunch celebrity contingent, many shifted from denial and anger to the next stages of grief as Wednesday's speech arrived. "I really needed to cry," praised J.K. Rowling. Others called her everything from an "icon" to a "class act" while thanking her for her run.
On Twitter, #ImStillWithHer was the second U.S. trend on Wednesday morning, only below #NotMyPresident.
See the reactions below and watch Clinton's speech here.
She would have been a great president. I believe that more today than I ever have. Emails & Clinton Foundation & all. This speech is why.
- Ana Marie Cox (@anamariecox) November 9, 2016
She still believes in America. It helps to hear her say that.
Hillary Clinton's Full Concession Speech https://t.co/dzPIW4pTcr- Andy Richter (@AndyRichter) November 9, 2016
Agreed. This is the most genuine speech we've heard from Hillary Clinton in the past 18 months. https://t.co/wimK0ARCIr
- Frank Luntz (@FrankLuntz) November 9, 2016
@HillaryClinton I want to thank you for the opportunity to campaign with you, and I'll always support you and your fight for our rights
- Alicia Machado (@machadooficial) November 9, 2016
Do The Right Thing
And Love Our Country#ImStillWithHer and all those who want to make the World a better place. pic.twitter.com/FkM4WaTQIg- Michael Kelly (@michaeljkellyjr) November 9, 2016
So important #stillwithher https://t.co/NzgmXBNBEp
- Annie Clark (@anniejclark) November 9, 2016
As a woman and a mother, I will continue to fight for what's right. I will remain positive and hopeful for our children. #StillWithHer
- LA LA (@lala) November 9, 2016
I've paid attention to voices my whole life. For so many reasons, his is a voice I cannot bear. #ImStillWithHer
- tara strong (@tarastrong) November 9, 2016
"Fighting for what's right is worth it"
Thank you @HillaryClinton pic.twitter.com/wViLuqFwQb- Julianne Moore (@_juliannemoore) November 9, 2016
Fight for what is RIGHT.
- KATY PERRY (@katyperry) November 9, 2016
I really needed to cry. @HillaryClinton, what a speech
- J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) November 9, 2016
Thank you for your grace, @HillaryClinton. I'm so deeply sorry.
- olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) November 9, 2016
@HillaryClinton keep your head up!! You are a champion.
- Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) November 9, 2016
Thank you @HillaryClinton for your speech and for your endless bravery. We are stronger together.
- Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) November 9, 2016
Deeply disappointed..But may we not lose heart. "If we stand together despite our differences ... our best days are yet to come" -HC 11/9/16
- Gigi Hadid (@GiGiHadid) November 9, 2016
Hillary holds the flag high-- I hope young people, women & men, are now inspired to go into public service-(whether they know it yet or not)
- Holland Taylor (@HollandTaylor) November 9, 2016
Profound feelings. I'm sorry 4 ur pain...2day it begins. " w bad news, 1st say WHAT??? Thn say… https://t.co/BhGcknlDGx
- Fran Drescher (@frandrescher) November 9, 2016
.@HillaryClinton You are an icon and a legend and unbelievably strong and determined and we thank you.
- billy eichner (@billyeichner) November 9, 2016
My 5-year-old daughter watched @HillaryClinton, heard her encouragement, and then asked if she could code before school.
- Chris Sacca (@sacca) November 9, 2016
"Young people, never stop believing that fighting for what's right is worth it." Hillary Clinton
- Laverne Cox (@Lavernecox) November 9, 2016
My statement on Secretary Clinton's concession speech. pic.twitter.com/fCxtcMkQnJ
- Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) November 9, 2016
Watching CNN and my heart feels a lil better knowing that @HillaryClinton won the popular vote! #ImSTILLWithHer #MadamePresident #Respect
- Vivica A. Fox (@MsVivicaFox) November 9, 2016