“Given the result [of the election], maybe I really am different… but maybe a lot of people that I’m surrounded by think with open arms and open minds like I do,” the tearful pop star said.
“I’ve been very vocal for my support for everyone besides Donald Trump — heavily supported Bernie [Sanders], heavily supported Hillary [Clinton], and I still think that, in her lifetime, she deserves to be the first female president, and that’s what makes me so sad. I wish she had an opportunity because she fought for so long and because I believe her when she says that she loves this country. This is all she’s ever done; she’s given her life to make it better.”
Cyrus also discussed Trump’s decision to use the Rolling Stones‘ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” during his acceptance speech. The 23-year-old acknowledged the sentiment of the song as a means to spring into a peaceful future.
“Hopefully we adjust and we accept everyone for who they are, and, so, Donald Trump, I accept you,” she said. “This hurts to say, but I even accept you as President of the United States, and that’s fine, because, now, I want to be a hopeful hippie. I want to be hopeful that you will step in, too.”
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She then thanked President Barack Obama, breaking down as she expressed gratitude for the things he’s accomplished across his eight-year tenure.
Cyrus also pleaded for a peaceful transition of power and ideas as Trump takes office.
“Treat people with love, treat people with compassion, and I will do the same for you,” she said. “Anything you every want to talk about or understand… if you want to open your mind and open your heart, I would love to give you the key.”
Cyrus ended her video with a touching note to Clinton: “Thank you, Hillary, for inspiring all of us.”