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U.S. needs to heal after Trump election: Vancouver mayor

British Columbia Premier Christy Clark and Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson react to Donald Trump’s U.S. presidential election win.

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson said he was taken aback by the tone of the 2016 U.S. federal election.

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Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson said he was taken aback by the tone of the 2016 U.S. federal election.

Vancouver’s mayor is offering support to Americans “hurt” by the election of Donald Trump as president.

Speaking to media on Wednesday, Gregor Robertson said it’s too early to say what the implication of a Trump presidency would be on Vancouver and Canada, but said he was taken aback by the tone of the real estate mogul’s campaign.

“Far too much racism and sexism. Many people are stunned at the result of the U.S. election and certainly many people are hurting after such a bitter campaign,” said Robertson when asked for his thoughts on the outcome. “In a city like Vancouver that is so committed to inclusion and people of all walks of life being together living here in harmony, it was hard to accept some of the language of the U.S. election. I think the United States and everyone connected to it have a lot of healing to do right now.”

Robertson said he hopes the more open, measured tone of Trump’s acceptance speech late Tuesday night carries over to his term in the White House.

In a brief statement, British Columbia Premier Christy Clark congratulated Trump and promised to continue to work closely with her American counterparts, but also spared a thought for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

“We should recognize Secretary Hillary Clinton's historic run,” Clark said. “For the first time, a woman has contested the presidency for one of the two major political parties - a significant and important signal to the millions of women and girls around the globe who saw it happen, in real time."

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