Former candidate Hillary Clinton and her husband Bill wore purple, the color of royalty, to her concession speech after she lost the election to President Donald Trump.
The color of the couples’ attire was specifically chosen to symbolize bipartisanship after the divisive election, according to Clinton’s new book, “What Happened.”
“That morning, Bill and I both wore purple. It was a nod to bipartisanship (blue plus red equals purple). The night before, I had hoped to thank the country wearing white—the color of the suffragettes—while standing on a stage cut into the shape of the United States under a vast glass ceiling. (We had really gone the distance on the symbolism.),” Clinton wrote.
Historically, purple has been considered the color of royalty. Kings, queens, and the wealthy of many societies have worn the color as a display of wealth and power, and purple clothing remained an exclusive privilege of the ruling class for thousands of years.
“Instead, the white suit stayed in the garment bag,” Clinton wrote. “Out came the gray and purple one I had intended to wear on my first trip to Washington as President Elect.”
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