Hillary Clinton: Wanted to ‘Curl Up’ and ‘Never Leave The House Again’

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivers remarks while being honored during the Children's Defense Fund's Beat the Odds Celebration at the Newseum November 16, 2016 in Washington, DC. This was the first time Clinton had spoken in public since conceeding the presidential race to Republican Donald Trump. (Photo by
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An exhausted-looking Hillary Clinton says she wanted to “curl up” and “never leave the house again” after losing to President-elect Donald Trump last week.

“I will admit, coming here tonight wasn’t the easiest thing for me. There have been a few times this past week when all I wanted to do was just to curl up with a good book, or our dogs, and never leave the house again,” she said at a gala Wednesday.

Clinton repeated a quote that “service is the rent we pay for living,” then again brought up her electoral loss.

“Well, you don’t get to stop paying rent just because things don’t go your way,” she said.

I know many of you are deeply disappointed about the results of the election. I am too, more than I can ever express, but as I said last week, our campaign was never about one person or even one election. It was about the country we love, and about building an America that is hopeful, inclusive, and big-hearted.

“I didn’t get into public service to hold high office,” she said as the audience applauded.

“This is still the greatest country in the world. This is still the place where anyone can beat the odds,” she said at the end of her speech.

Clinton lost some blue states that had voted for Democratic presidential candidates for decades, including Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Ohio and Florida also went for Trump.


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