Clin­ton just wanted to curl up af­ter poll loss

‘Peo­ple have asked whether Amer­ica is the coun­try we thought it was’

The Star (Kenya) - - News World -

BBC/ Hil­lary Clin­ton has laid bare her dis­ap­point­ment at her elec­tion de­feat to Don­ald Trump in her first pub­lic ap­pear­ance since she lost a week ago.

The Demo­cratic can­di­date said she had wanted to “curl up with a good book and never leave the house again”.

But in a speech at a chil­dren’s char­ity she urged the au­di­ence to fight for Amer­i­can val­ues and “never give up”.

Clin­ton won the pop­u­lar vote but was beaten to the pres­i­dency in the all-im­por­tant US elec­toral col­lege.

“Now I will ad­mit com­ing here tonight wasn’t the eas­i­est thing for me,” she said as she was hon­oured by the Chil­dren’s De­fence Fund.

She con­tin­ued: “I know many of you are deeply dis­ap­pointed about the re­sults of the elec­tion. I am, too, more than I can ever ex­press.

“I know this isn’t easy. I know that over the past week a lot of peo­ple have asked them­selves whether Amer­ica is the coun­try we thought it was.”

There was lit­tle cer­e­mony and no sign of security for the former pres­i­den­tial can­di­date who is known sim­ply as “Hil­lary” in a cir­cle of friends.

The au­di­ence were on their feet and chant­ing her name as she took to the podium. When she talked about her dis­ap­point­ment, mur­murs of agree­ment spread through the room in waves. That mur­mur grew louder as she urged those lis­ten­ing not to lose heart.

In her con­ces­sion speech af­ter her shock de­feat last week, Clin­ton said ri­val Trump must be given a chance to lead. Trump and Vice Pres­i­dent-elect Mike Pence have spo­ken to 29 world lead­ers since the elec­tion. Ja­pan’s PM Shinzo Abe is set to be­come the first for­eign leader to meet Trump.

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