Clinton reflects on loss, urges backers to 'stay engaged'

Posted November 17, 2016

On Wednesday, Clinton took to the podium at an event in Washington, deliver her first comments since her concession speech one week earlier - and Clinton's first remarks since the election were real, humanizing, and showed that supporters will overcome hardship throughout the next four years - because, as Clinton has repeated many times over, they are stronger together. "I know over the past week a lot of people have asked themselves whether America is the country we thought it was", she said.

The event honored Clinton for her contributions to the organization, for which she first worked as a young lawyer in the 1970s before later serving as chair of the board of directors.

"I will admit, coming here tonight wasn't the easiest thing for me", she said.

"America is worth it. Believe in our country, fight for our values and never, ever give up", she added.

In her speech, Clinton echoed her campaign trail messages: she referred to her Methodist faith, spoke admiringly of her mother, and touched on child care and paid leave, two of her key election issues.

The Democratic presidential candidate said she was disappointed with her Election-Day loss at the Children's Defense Fund Beat the Odds Celebration in Washington, DC. "There have been a few times this past week when all I wanted to do is just to curl up with a good book or our dogs and never leave the house again".

Nevertheless, she attempted to inspire her audience and emphasized a line of Martin Luther King Jr. that is oft quoted by President Barack Obama throughout her speech: "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice". I am too, more than I can ever express.

She said that "service is the rent we pay for living. America is still the greatest country in the world, it is still the place where anyone can beat the odds".

Throughout her campaign, she cited her work for the group as her "north star", sparking her interest in standing up against injustice towards children and families.

Prior to making the appearance, a Clinton aide told ABC News that Clinton would "urge Americans - including everyone who supported her campaign - not to give up, to do their part to help give all our kids a better future and to remain engaged in progressive politics at every level". "Three children. And as hard as it might be to imagine, your daughter will grow up to be a United States senator, represent our country as Secretary of State and win more than 62 million votes as president of the United States'".

Clinton also obliquely criticized President-elect Donald Trump.