Speaking at a fundraiser for the Children´s Defense Fund Wednesday in Washington Clinton spoke about being “deeply disappointed” in the results of the election saying “I know this isn´t easy.”
“I will admit coming here tonight wasn’t the easiest thing for me,” Mrs. Clinton said. “There have been a few times this past week when all I wanted to do is just to curl up with a good book, or our dogs, and never leave the house again.”
While she remained silent on the wave of protest sweeping the country in the wake of Trump's election, she told the audience “don't lose heart, don't give up on the values we share.”
While she did not mention Trump by name, she made indirect reference to the increase in racist and xenophobic hate crimes that have swept the U.S. in wake of his´s election saying “No child should be afraid to go to school because they're Latino, or African-American, or Muslim, or because they have a disability.”
In an oblique response to Trump´s promise to deport up to three million migrants starting in January Clinton said “There are also children who are afraid today, like the little girl I met in Nevada who started to cry when she told me how scared she was that her parents would be taken away from her and be deported. No child should have to live with fear like that.”
Under the Obama administration, where Clinton served as Secretary of State, the U.S. deported 2.5 million people, including tens of thousands of children, more than any other previous administration.
Clinton´s remarks come in the wake of increasing criticism, including from President Obama himself, of the failure of her campaign to address the concerns of middle-class voters.
“It was arrogance, arrogance that they were going to win. That this was all wrapped up,” a senior battleground state operative told The Huffington Post.