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Hillary Clinton resurfaces, encourages Americans to ‘resist, insist, persist, enlist’

Clinton said the failure of the Republicans' health care bill was a “victory for all Americans.”
Hillary Clinton speaking at the Professional BusinessWomen of California's annual conCNN

Hillary Clinton has returned to politics — or at least talking about the current state of it in President Trump’s America.

Giving the keynote speech at the Professional BusinessWomen of Californiaannual conference in San Francisco Tuesday, Clinton, who has mostly been laying low since losing to Trump, told the crowd that “There is no place I’d rather be than here with you — other than the White House.”

With the conference’s theme “Inclusion Now,” women’s equality was a cornerstone of Clinton’s talk — but Trump and his fellow Republicans got plenty of airtime as well.

Here are some highlights from Clinton’s speech, in which she urged Americans to run for office, addressed two recent incidents directed at black women involving White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, and also discussed that day back in November.

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On the election:

“Obviously the outcome of the election wasn’t the one I hoped for, worked for, but I will never stop speaking out for common sense benefits that will allow moms and dads to stay on the job.”

On women’s equality:

“Advancing the rights and opportunities of women and girls is the great unfinished business of the 21st century."

On photos of Trump surrounded by men “making decisions about women’s health:”

“How could they not have invited any women to the table? It may not be an oversight at all, but an intentional signal: ‘Don’t worry, the men are in charge of everything.’”

On the GOP’s failure to repeal Obamacare last week:

“When this disastrous bill failed, it was a victory for all Americans.”

On Spicer telling black journalist April Ryan to “stop shaking your head” and O’Reilly saying that black Democratic California Congresswoman Maxine Waters’ hair looked like a “James Brown wig:”

“Too many women, especially women of color, have had a lifetime of practice taking precisely these kind of indignities in stride, but why should we have to?”

On Trump’s America:

“Where some see a dark vision of carnage, I see a light shining on creativity and opportunity.”

On her new mantra:

“As I think about the outpouring of activism we’ve seen among all the noise and the nonsense, four words keep coming back to me: Resist, insist, persist, enlist.”

On the future:

"Now is the time to demand the progress we want to see and to work together to make it real in our own lives, in our businesses, in our government, in our families, our country and the world, and I’ll be right there with you every step of the way.”

 
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