After a few months living every New Yorkers' dream of spending her days hiking and her nights attending Broadway shows like Sunset Boulevard, The Color Purple, and In Transit, Hillary Clinton is stepping back into the political spotlight.
On Friday, she addressed the 2017 graduates at her alma mater, Wellesley College, 48 years after delivering the first-ever Wellesley college student commencement speech.
In her talk, Clinton joked that wine is what helped her get through last year's election loss. "You may have heard that things didn't go exactly as I planned but, you know what, I'm doing okay," she said.
"Long walks in the woods. Organizing my closets, right? I won't lie. Chardonnay helped a little too. Here's what helped most of all. Remembering who I am, where I come from, and what I believe."
But she also minced no words criticizing President Trump, and the political climate that has followed his inauguration. "You are graduating at a time when there is a full-fledged assault on truth and reason. Just log on to social media for ten seconds. It will hit you right in the face," she said.
"People denying science, concocting elaborate, hurtful conspiracies theories about child abuse rings operating out of pizza parlors. Drumming up rampant fear about undocumented immigrants, Muslims, minorities, the poor. Turning neighbor against neighbor and sowing division at a time when we desperately need unity. Some are even denying things we see with our own eyes. Like the size of crowds."
Watch the full speech here:
Last week, she announced that she is launching a new political organization called Onward Together, which will focus on "encouraging people to organize, get involved, and run for office."
We're launching Onward Together to encourage people to get involved, organize, and even run for office. https://t.co/8exooosvZ5- Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) May 15, 2017
In a twitter post announcing the new platform, Clinton said, "This year hasn't been what I envisioned, but I know what I'm still fighting for: a kinder, big-hearted, inclusive America. Onward!"
Further social media posts explained that Onward Together will be working with Howard Dean and others help to support existing Democratic and social action groups including Emerge American, Run for Something, Color of Change, and Swing Left.
In an interview with Christiane Amanpour at a Women for Women International event in New York, the former presidential candidate said that she is now "part of the resistance," and despite no longer holding office, she considers herself to be an "activist citizen."
"I spent decades learning about what it would take to move our country forward - including people who clearly didn't vote for me - to try to make sure we dealt with a lot of these hard issues that are right around the corner like robotics and artificial intelligence and things that are really going to be upending the economy for the vast majority of Americans, to say nothing of the rest of the world," she said.
"I am going to publicly request that this administration not end our efforts making women's rights and opportunities central to American foreign policy and national security."
The former Secretary of State also revealed that she believes that both Russian president Vladimir Putin and Jim Comey's letter impacted the outcome of the 2016 election. "If the election had been on October 27, I would be your president," she said.
Earlier in the year, the former presidential candidate said, "I’m like a lot of my friends right now. I have a hard time watching the news, I’ll confess,” regarding Trump's shocking election. In a video of the event she also says, “I am ready to come out of the woods and to help shine a light on what is already happening around kitchen tables, at dinners like this.”
She's already making good on her promise.
After House Republicans pulled the bill that would overhaul the healthcare system, Clinton spoke out via Twitter: "Today was a victory for all Americans," she said, and then shared stories of Americans whose lives have been impacted by the Affordable Care Act.
Today was a victory for all Americans. pic.twitter.com/LX6lzQXtBR- Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) March 24, 2017
But this fight isn't over yet and we can't forget who it's about. Here are some stories...- Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) March 24, 2017
Clinton doubled down on her statements in a speech at the 28th Annual Professional Business Women of California, again calling the Republican's failure to repeal and replace the ACA "a victory for all Americans."
She also discussed everyday sexism, calling attention to recent incidents involving Congresswoman Maxine Waters and journalist April Ryan, saying, "Too many women - especially women of color - have had a lifetime of practice taking precisely these kinds of indignities in stride,” Clinton said. “And any woman who thinks this couldn’t be directed at her is living in a dream world."
Clinton may be back in the political world, but she has "all but ruled out" resuming work at her family's foundation, reports the Hill. According to multiple sources, the former Secretary of State has no plans to return to the non-profit, which proved to be so controversial during her presidential campaign.
The former Secretary of State has also announced she is working on a new book of essays offering readers a window into her experience during the 2016 election. The currently untitled memoir, which will debut this fall from Simon & Schuster, reportedly centers around Clinton's favorite quotations.
"These are the words I live by," Clinton said in a statement. "These quotes have helped me celebrate the good times, laugh at the absurd times, persevere during the hard times and deepen my appreciation of all life has to offer."
"I hope by sharing these words and my thoughts about them, the essays will be meaningful for readers," Clinton added.
In addition to the essays, Clinton is writing on a children's version of her 1995 book, It Takes a Village. Net proceeds will go to charity. (Her daughter Chelsea is also at work on a children's book, this one entitled She Persisted.)
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