Despite Hillary Clinton assurance that she won’t run for elected office again, she promised to stay involved in public service and help Democrats regain control of Congress in the 2018 election.
Her first interview:
Clinton gave her first post-election interview on Thursday, where she talked about the pain of losing the presidency to Donald Trump, saying that sometimes she didn’t want to get out of bed.
During the Women in the World Summit hosted by Tina Brown at New York’s Lincoln Center, Clinton said: “The aftermath of the election was so devastating. I had to make up my mind I was going to get out of bed, yes; I was going to take walks in the woods, yes. As a person, I’m OK. As an American, I’m pretty worried,”
Clinton named President Trump’s policies toward women and healthcare among her worries, also Russian interference in the election and the worsening status of Syria.
It’s not too late for the U.S. to declare a no-fly zone and attack Syrian government airfields, according to Clinton, to prevent President Bashar Assad’s air force from bombing civilians.
Clinton referred to Tuesday’s chemical weapons strike in Syria’s Idlib province that killed more than 70 civilians saying: “That air force is the cause of most of the civilian deaths, as we have seen over the years and as we saw again in the last few days. I really believe that we should have, and still should, take out his airfields and prevent him from being able to use them to bomb innocent people and drop sarin gas on them.”
Clinton has started to emerge more in recent weeks to speak in public, she had been sticking close to her house in Chappaqua, N.Y. for months. However, Thursday was her first interview.
Develop thick skin:
Clinton stated that she has struggled in explaining her defeat especially that 53% of white women voted for Trump. She stated contributing factors like Russian interference in the election, the release of embarrassing WikiLeaks documents, FBI Director James B. Comey’s statement about investigating her emails shortly before Election Day and misogyny.
She gave a piece of advice to young women contemplating a public career; they should be prepared for more abuse than their male counterparts.
Clinton paraphrased Eleanor Roosevelt saying: “Every woman who enters the public arena needs to grow skin as thick as a rhinoceros. Boy, do I relate to this. By the time they were finished with me, I was Typhoid Mary.”