Hillary Clinton to address Wellesley College graduates

Olive Rios
June 6, 2017

Edward Brooke, who spoke at the same event. While the range of her concerns were broad, Clinton zeroed in on the current administration's non-stop lying - and couldn't help but deliver a dig about Trump's inauguration crowd size, too.

But what will coming out of the woods look like? Of today's political climate, she said that the internet and "fragmented media" has made it easier for us to "splinter ourselves into echo chambers", adding that "extreme views [have been] given powerful microphones". Friends say it is unlikely. "Remember who I am, where I come from, and what I believe". But she adds emphatically: "She's not going to recede".

But it was her now-well known decision to improvise - and publicly take a United States senator on from the stage - that gave Clinton her first real taste of national recognition, fame and controversy, perhaps a defining moment that helped set young Clinton on a path to politics. And she did it all without mentioning Trump's name.

Clinton also said that Americans needed to address the concerns of those who feel left behind in the country. And she is writing the forward for a book by her friend and Methodist pastor, the Rev. Bill Shillady, that will contain 365 of the devotionals he wrote for Clinton during the campaign, sending them by email early each morning to bolster her on the trail. Many don't want to retreat on civil rights, women's rights and LGBT rights.

Clinton confessed with some humor that losing the election was hard. At the Tribeca event, surprised attendees called out, "Love you, Hillary!" She was greeted with a standing ovation.

"They may even call you a 'nasty woman, '" Clinton said, raising a term that Trump had used against her during a presidential debate.

Actor Charlie Sheen
Actor Charlie Sheen

The chairman of the House Oversight Committee asked the FBI on Thursday to turn over more documents about former FBI Director James B. Comey's interactions with the White House and Justice Department, including materials dating back almost four years to the Obama administration.

Of course, these events were in Clinton territory, and at organizations that strongly supported her. "Doors that once seemed sealed to women are now open". She has also been seen hiking, shopping at bookstores and doing other regular people things in her "peaceful alternate universe", as the Huffington Post described it.

Clinton, a Democrat who suffered a stunning November loss to Republican Donald Trump, has made a series of public appearances over the past two months, speaking publicly on issues including USA policy in Syria and the election outcome. "I won't lie, Chardonnay helped a little, too", Clinton joked. The school administrators, however, were not happy that she criticized a guest speaker. "I was the candidate".

Clinton urged graduates to listen to those they may disagree with and get out of their internet bubbles, despite the push-back they may receive. However, she did take some personal responsibility for the loss.

Brendan Morrow is a Heavy contributor who covers news, politics, professional wrestling, and more.

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