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 spotlight after her 2016 election defeat.
While promoting her new memoir, What Happened, which debuts this week, Clinton revealed that she has no plans to run for office again. "I am done with being a candidate," she said in an interview with Jane Pauley on Sunday.
"But I am not done with politics because I literally believe that our country's future is at stake."
Her new book will reportedly offer readers a window into Clinton's campaign, from the media scrutiny she felt to the mistakes that were made, and how she has dealt with her loss.
“In the past, for reasons I try to explain, I’ve often felt I had to be careful in public, like I was up on a wire without a net," reads this introduction. "Now I’m letting my guard down.”
In an excerpt which was released earlier this summer, Clinton shares some of the regrets she has about the 2016 election. "I don't have all the answers and this isn't a comprehensive account of the 2016 race," she wrote. "In this book, I write about moments from the campaign that I wish I could go back and do over. If the Russians could hack my subconscious, they'd find a long list."
She also detailed what it was like to run against Donald Trump, specifically calling out her experience during the debate at Washington University in St. Louis. "He was literally breathing down my neck. My skin crawled. It was one of those moments where you wish you could hit pause and ask everyone watching, well, what would you do?"
In recent weeks, Clinton has become increasingly vocal, speaking out about the violence in Charlottesville, and against her former opponent and the Republican party as a whole, specifically regarding her concern over the healthcare bill and LGBT rights.
My heart is in Charlottesville today, and with everyone made to feel unsafe in their country.- Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 12, 2017
Forget death panels. If Republicans pass this bill, they're the death party. https://t.co/jCStfOaBjy- Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 23, 2017
Back in May, 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:
Earlier this spring, 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.”
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.
In addition to her new memoir, 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 also recently debuted a children's book entitled She Persisted.)
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