A Hillary Clinton supporter who was “heartbroken” over Tuesday’s election says she decided to go on a hike in the woods – and ran into the former presidential candidate herself.
Margot Gerster said in a Facebook post that she was heading home following her hike Thursday in Clintons’ hometown of Chappaqua, New York, when she saw Clinton and former President Bill Clinton walking their dogs.
"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," she said in her Thursday afternoon Facebook post.
Gerster said she hugged the former Democratic nominee and told her that one of her “proudest moments as a mother” was taking her daughter with her to vote for Clinton. She posted a picture with Clinton that she says was snapped by the former president.
"She hugged me and thanked me and we exchanged some sweet pleasantries and then I let them continue their walk," Gerster wrote in her Facebook post, which has since been taken down.
"Now, I’m not one for signs but I think ill definitely take this one. So proud."
The chance encounter took place two days after the U.S. presidential election, in which Democratic nominee Clinton lost to Republican nominee Donald Trump, despite taking the popular vote.
Clinton delivered her concession speech a day prior to running in to Gerster, urging the U.S. to move forward in the wake of the election, adding the country owes Trump "an open mind and the chance to lead."
In addressing her supporters, staff and volunteers, Clinton noted: "To all the women and especially the young women who put their faith in this campaign and in me, I want you to know that nothing has made me prouder than to be your champion. I know we have still not shattered that highest and hardest glass ceiling, but some day, someone will – and hopefully sooner than we might think right now.”
With files from staffReport Typo/Error