In her first public appearance since giving her concession speech, Hillary Clinton told an audience at a Children’s Defense Fund gala that her supporters need to keep fighting for their values despite her shocking loss in the presidential election.
“I know many of you are deeply disappointed about the results of the election,” she said. “I am too, more than I can ever express.”
“I will admit, coming here tonight wasn’t the easiest thing for me,” Clinton added. “There have been a few times this past week when all I wanted to do is just to curl up with a good book or our dogs and never leave the house again.”
But she pushed for her supporters to keep advocating for their beliefs, offering a quote from Martin Luther King, Jr.: “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”
She urged the crowd to keep pushing to create better experiences for children.
“I believe the measure of any society is how we treat our children, and as we move forward into a new and in many ways uncertain future, that must be the test for America and ourselves,” Clinton said. “No child should be afraid to go to school because they’re Latino, or African-American, or Muslim, or because they have a disability.”
“We have work to do, and for the sake of our children and our families and our country, I ask you to stay engaged, stay engaged on every level,” she told the crowd. “We need you. America needs you, your energy, your ambition, your talent. That is how we get through this.”
She told supporters, “Believe in our country, fight for our values and never, ever give up.”