Hillary Clinton made her first public remarks since conceding the presidential election to Donald Trump last Wednesday while being honored for “a lifetime of service” at a Children’s Defense Fund charity gala in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday night.
“I know many of you are deeply disappointed about the results of the election,” said Clinton. “I am too, more than I can ever express … There have been a few times this past week when all I wanted to do is just curl up with a good book or our dogs and never leave the house again.”
After acknowledging the painfulness of her failed candidacy, Clinton encouraged her supporters to “stay engaged” in politics and society, noting that more than 31 million children in the United States still live at or near the poverty line.
“America is worth it. Our children are worth it,” said Clinton. “Believe in our country, fight for our values, and never, ever give up … Service is the rent we pay for living. You don’t get to stop paying rent just because things didn’t go your way.”
Clinton was introduced by her longtime friend and mentor, Marian Wright Edelman, who founded the Children’s Defense Fund in 1973.
Watch video of Clinton’s speech below.
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