In her first public appearance since her presidential concession speech a week ago, Hillary Clinton spoke at a Children’s Defense Fund event hosted at the Newseum on Wednesday night. The event honored Clinton’s lifelong advocacy for children, which she began while working for the Children’s Defense Fund as a young attorney fresh from Yale Law School. The event also awarded five high school seniors scholarships for their academic excellence and community involvement.
In her speech, Clinton focused mainly on fighting child poverty, but she also addressed her loss to President-elect Donald Trump. She echoed many of the messages delivered in her concession speech — acknowledging the despair felt by many of her supporters but asking them to “stay engaged on every level.”
“America needs you, your energy, your ambition, your talent,” she said. “That’s how we get through this.”
Clinton’s tone occasionally wavered from determination to raw disappointment.
“I will admit coming here tonight wasn’t the easiest thing for me,” Clinton said when she first stepped up to the podium. “There have been a few times this past week when all I wanted to do was curl up with a good book or our dogs, and never leave the house again.”
She closed on a high note, admonishing supporters to keep fighting for the causes she championed in her bid for the presidency. “America is worth it,” she told the audience. “Our children are worth it. Believe in our country, fight for our values, and never, ever give up.”
|Children’s Defense Fund|