Clinton just wanted to curl up after poll loss
‘People have asked whether America is the country we thought it was’
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.