Hillary Clinton in her first public appearance since last week’s presidential defeat appealed her supporters to continue the fight for a country that is “hopeful, inclusive and big-hearted”.
Speaking at the Children's Defense Fund's "Beat The Odds" Gala on Wednesday night in Washington DC, Clinton said, “I will admit coming here tonight wasn’t the easiest thing for me. There have been a few times this past week when all I’ve wanted to do was just to curl up with a good book or our dogs and never leave the house ever again.”
She recalled, during the speech, how the impact her mother had on her life and said that she will focus on going forward. “I know that over the past week a lot of people have asked themselves whether America is the country we thought it was,” she said.
“The divisions laid bare by this election run deep. But, please, listen to me when I say this: America is worth it. Our children are worth it. Believe in our country and fight for our values and never, ever give up," she added.
"The words of Dr King, often repeated by President Obama: ‘The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.’ I know sometimes it can feel awfully long – believe me, I know. But I also know it does bend,” said Clinton, who was the first woman to lead the presidential ticket of a major political party.
“I know many of you are deeply disappointed about the results of the election. I am, too, more than I can ever express," She continued.
Clinton has stayed out of the public eye since the day after the election. In her concession speech after her shock defeat last week, Clinton said rival Donald Trump must be given the chance to lead.