CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. — A New York mother, still heartbroken from Tuesday’s election results, got the surprise of a lifetime when she encountered Hillary Clinton on a hiking trail in Chappaqua Thursday.
Margot Gerster, of White Plains, posted her experience to Facebook, saying she decided to take her girls for a walk at one of her favorite places as a way to relax after Clinton lost the presidential election.
Clinton conceded to Donald Trump in a phone call early Wednesday morning.
As Gerster was getting ready to leave, she stepped into a clearing and saw both Hillary Clinton and husband, Bill, walking their dogs. The Clintons have a home in Chappaqua.
“I’ve been feeling so heartbroken since yesterday’s election and decided what better way to relax than take my girls hiking. So I decided to take them to one of favorite places in Chappaqua,” Gerseter wrote in her post. “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.”
“I got to hug her and talk to her and tell her that one of my most 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 ill definitely take this one. So proud.”
The post has since been removed after being shared nearly 5,000 times on Facebook, with 39,000 likes and more than 5,000 comments.
Many have taken to social media and to the streets across the country to voice their displeasure after the real estate mogul secured enough electoral votes to become president-elect. A petition on Change.org is pushing for electors to vote for Clinton instead of Trump. It had more than 555,000 signatures as of Thursday afternoon.