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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivers a keynote address during the 28th Annual Professional Business Women of California conference on March 28, 2017 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

‘In the woods’

Hillary Clinton provides handy 4-word slogan for women to follow in Trump era

By WITW Staff on March 29, 2017

Making a light-hearted reference to having frequently been spotted by fans on contemplative walks in the woods after losing the election last November, Hillary Clinton told a San Francisco audience on Tuesday night, “It’s the kinds of things you think about when you take long walks in the woods.” She was talking about her reflections on the fledgling presidency of Donald Trump, and though the reference was light-hearted and drew a round of laughter and applause from the audience, she followed it up with a serious four-word catchphrase she urged those who oppose Trump’s presidency to follow:

“Resist, insist, persist, enlist.”

The address, delivered before a sold-out event at the Professional BusinessWomen of California Conference, was the first major post-election speech by Clinton, who is gradually returning to public life, and a sign that she will continue to be an outspoken force during the Trump era. Next week, she’ll be making an appearance at the 8th Annual Women in the World New York Summit. (If you can’t attend the event in-person, we’ll be live streaming the entire Summit on our homepage; bookmark it! And check out the agenda here.)

Clinton, taking a page out of Michelle Obama’s playbook, never actually mentioned Trump by name, but she took aim at several aspects of his presidency, including the failed bid to repeal Obamacare, the photo posted on social media by Vice President Mike Pence showing a room full of men negotiating health care reform and women’s health issues without nary a woman in sight. She criticized the scant number of women with official jobs in the Trump administration. And she excoriated White House press secretary Sean Spicer for lashing out at White House correspondent April Ryan of American Urban Radio Networks, during Tuesday’s daily press briefing.

“Too many women have had a lifetime of practice taking this kind of indignity in stride,” Clinton said. “I mean, it’s not like I didn’t know all the nasty things they were saying about me. I thought some of them were kind of creative,” she said. “But you just have to keep going.”

Despite tackling some weighty issues, Clinton was in a jocular mood at times, taking the opportunity to crack a few jokes about the election outcome. “There is no place I’d rather be than here with you,” Clinton told the audience at one point, adding, “other than the White House.”

Watch some highlights of her remarks below.

Read the full story at The Associated Press.


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