The former secretary of state was spotted on a hike in Westchester County, and took a few minutes to chat with a supporter who encountered her on a trail.
“I’ve been feeling so heartbroken since yesterday’s election and decided what better way to relax than take my girls hiking,” Margot Gerster wrote in a Facebook post. “So I decided to take them to one of favorite places in Chappaqua. We were the only ones there and it was so beautiful and relaxing. As we were leaving, I heard a bit of rustling coming towards me and as I stepped into the clearing there she was, Hillary Clinton and Bill with their dogs doing exactly the same thing as I was.”
Gerster continued, “I got to hug her and talk to her and tell her that one of my proudest moments as a mother was taking Phoebe with me to vote for her. She hugged me and thanked me and we exchanged some sweet pleasantries and then I let them continue their walk. Now, I’m not one for signs but I think I’ll definitely take this one. So proud.”
In the accompanying photo, Clinton — who won the popular vote in the 2016 election but ultimately fell to Trump in the electoral college — posed with Gerster while holding her dog’s leash. Gerster wrote in the comments of her post that former President Bill Clinton had snapped the picture.
Many commenters called the photo uplifting, with one woman writing, “Thank you for sharing your sentiments with her on behalf of all of us who were proud to vote for her.”
Added another commenter, “This means so much to me to see her smile, to see her enjoying time away from the noise.”
On Wednesday, Clinton said during her speech in New York City, “This loss hurts — but please never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it. Let us have faith in each other. Let us not grow weary. Let us not lose heart. For there are more seasons to come and more work to do.”
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She continued, “I am incredibly honored and grateful to have had this chance. I know how disappointed you feel because I feel it too. This is not the outcome we wanted. And I’m sorry we did not win this election for the values we share and the vision we hold for our country.”
The 69-year-old emphasized, however, that Americans must accept Trump as their President, saying, “I hope that he will be a successful president for all Americans.”