Watch Hillary Clinton's Inspirational First Post-Concession Speech

Watch Hillary Clinton's Inspirational First Post-Concession Speech

The former candidate reminds us to never give up in the first speech since her concession.

The former candidate reminds us to never give up in the first speech since her concession.

Text: Jake Viswanath

Yesterday, president of our hearts Hillary Clinton made her first public appearance since her concession after losing the electoral vote to Donald Trump, offering an inspiring speech at a gala for the Children’s Defense Fund, where she worked after completing law school in the 1970s, and opening up about her traumatic past week (we feel you, Hillz).

“Coming here tonight wasn’t the easiest for me,” she admitted. “There have been a few times this past week that all I wanted to curl up with a good book, or our dogs, and never leave the house again.” In other words, she dealt with the results of the election just like we did, but maybe with less alcohol.

But being the resolute and determined woman she is, Hillary emphasized the importance of standing up for our values and keeping our faith in this country no matter how tough that may be. “I know that over the past week a lot of people have asked themselves whether America was 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.”

The former Democratic presidential candidate also touched on the increase in racist and xenophobia-fueled hate incidents in the wake of Trump’s tragic win. “No child should have to live with fear like that,” she said. “No child should be afraid to go to school because they’re Latino or African-American or Muslim or because they have disability. We should protect our children and help them love themselves and love others.”

Of course, there was never any doubt that Hillary wouldn’t crawl into bed and simply rest in the midst of chaos, no matter how much she really deserves to do just that. After countless setbacks, Hillary Clinton has bounced right back into action and done good for our country, never losing focus on the ultimate goal of uniting and bettering America. This short and sweet reminder to us is just the start of her important work to come.

“America is still the greatest country in the world,” she said. “This is still the place where anyone can beat the odds. It’s up to each and everyone of us to keep working to make America better and stronger and fairer.” Watch the full speech and introduction below to motivate yourself and get to work.

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