In her first appearance since her emotional concession speech in New York City last Wednesday, Hillary Clinton gave backers a pep talk on how to persevere through the Donald Trump era. She encouraged her supporters to "never, ever give up."
"I know this isn't easy. I know that over the past week a lot of people have asked themselves whether America is the country we thought it was," Clinton said to a crowd last night at the annual gala of the Children's Defense Fund, the child advocacy organization where she started her legal career. "But please listen to me when I say this: America is worth it."
She added: "It's up to each and every one of us to keep working to make America better and stronger and fairer."
Clinton never cited Trump by name in her remarks, instead, she made vague references to the controversial policies that fueled his rise to the White House. She opted to turn her head towards the future, appealing to her backers to "stay engaged on every level." "We need you. America needs your energy," she said.
Clinton's surprising loss no doubt, threw her party and quite a bit of the country into a period of intense soul-searching. Clinton's campaign has been blamed for the loss by the Liberal wing, citing failures to embrace a more populist economic message. In private calls with donors and Democratic officials, Clinton has blamed her defeat on the FBI's decision to re-examine her use of a private server as secretary of state.
In her speech, Clinton offered never cited any of her own failures she may have made during her presidential campaign, though she admitted that the past week hasn't been easy. "There have been a few times this past week when all I wanted to do was just to curl up with a good book or our dogs and never leave the house again," she ruefully admitted.
Throughout her campaign, she cited her work for the Children's Defense Fund as her "north star." The group, which helps disadvantaged children had sparked her interest in forging the path of justice on behalf of children and families.
"We love her and we appreciate all the hard work she has done and say it's not going to be for naught," said Edelman, in her introductory remarks. "We're going to say that she is the people's president."