Nicola Sturgeon Urges Donald Trump To Reach Out To Marginalised

9 November 2016, 10:31 | Updated: 9 November 2016, 10:58

Scotland's First Minister has said the verdict of the American people must be respected after Donald Trump swept to victory in the US election.

Nicola Sturgeon congratulated Mr Trump on his win, but said she hopes he will reach out to those who felt marginalised by his campaign and make clear that he will be a president for everyone in a modern, multicultural America.

She also paid tribute to defeated Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton and said she is disappointed she will not become America's first woman president.

Ms Sturgeon said: "While this is not the outcome I hoped for, it is the verdict of the American people and we must respect it. I congratulate president-elect Trump on winning the election.''

She added: "We value our relationship with the United States and its people. The ties that bind Scotland and the US - of family, culture and business - are deep and longstanding and they will always endure.

"It is normal in any election for those on the losing side to feel disappointment, but today many in America and across the world will also feel a real sense of anxiety.

"I hope the president-elect will take the opportunity to reach out to those who felt marginalised by his campaign...

"Today must also be a moment for those who share progressive values - all of us who believe in tolerance and diversity - to speak up loudly and clearly for the values we hold dear.

"I also want to pay tribute to Hillary Clinton. While I am personally disappointed that she will not be America's first woman president, her candidacy represented a major step forward for women in America and across the world - for that, as well as for her many years of public service, she is owed a deep debt of gratitude.''

Other leaders said they were saddened by the result.

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale said she was "heartbroken'', while Patrick Harvie, co-convener of the Scottish Greens, called the result "profoundly depressing''.

Ms Dugdale said: "Like countless people in Scotland, the UK and across the globe, I watched with great sadness as the results from the presidential election came in.

"While we must all respect the result of this democratic contest, today is a dark day for those of us who believe in compassion, tolerance and equality.

"Donald Trump was responsible for a hate-filled campaign that was dominated by lies, misogyny and racism. As president-elect, he now has a responsibility to America and the world to heal the deep divisions he has caused.''

Mr Harvie said: "The election of a racist, sexist bully to the White House is profoundly depressing and will be ringing alarm bells across the world. Scots have been clear in their distaste for Trump and the First Minister has echoed those feelings.''

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said: "It's not the result I wanted but we now have to hope that president Trump turns out to be a different man to candidate Trump.

"Mr Trump tapped into the disaffection we are seeing across the world right now due to economic uncertainty. That's not something we can ignore.

"Those of us who believe open, Western values are the best way to provide economic security for people now have to redouble our efforts to show they deliver for people.''

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said hope needs to prevail in the face of the "politics of division''.

He said: "We will need to use the special relationship we have with America to influence Mr Trump and to stand up for the different minorities in his country who will wake up today more fearful than they have for decades.''

Mr Trump gave a nod to his Scottish heritage when he thanked his parents in his maiden speech. His mother Mary MacLeod was from the isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides.

He said: "First I want to thank my parents who I know are looking down on me right now. Great people. I have learned so much from them - they were wonderful in every regard, I had truly great parents.''