Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton broke her silence on March 28 to take on the Trump administration in a rare public speech since losing the presidential election.
Clinton criticized President Donald Trump and White House press secretary Sean Spicer on a spectrum of issues that ranged from their treatment of women to health care, Daily Mail reports.
Joking occasionally about her defeat in November and her months in semi-retirement since, Clinton delivered her speech to thousands of businesswomen in San Francisco, and joked there was no place she'd rather be, "other than the White House."
As she spoke, and without mentioning Trump by name, she repeatedly pointed out the failures of the Republican administration, calling its representation of women in elite positions "the lowest in a generation."
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She lambasted Spicer, again not by name, who had hours earlier rebuked journalist April Ryan for shaking her head during a news conference.
"Just look at all that's happened in the last few days to women who were simply doing their job," she said. "April Ryan, a respected journalist with unrivaled integrity, was doing her job just this afternoon in the White House press room when she was patronized and cut off trying to ask a question. One of your own California congresswomen, Maxine Waters, was taunted with a racist joke about her hair."
She added: "Now too many women, especially women of color, have had a lifetime of practice taking precisely these kinds of indignities in stride. But why should we have to? And any woman who think this couldn't be directed at her is living in a dream world."
She noted she has also been the subject of similar comments: "I mean, it's not like I didn't know all the nasty things they were saying about me. I thought some of them were kind of creative. But you just have to keep going."
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Clinton expressed disgust at a photo that has gone viral on social media that shows an all-male group of Republicans negotiating women's coverage for health care legislation. She also noted a social media parody of the picture that has an all-dog panel deciding on the health care of cats.
"I am here today to urge us not to grow tired. Not to be discouraged and disappointed. Not to throw up our hands because change is not happening fast enough," Clinton said, Fox News reports. "We need more women at any table, at any conference call or email chain where decisions are made."
In the end, Republicans pulled the health care legislation from even getting a vote in Congress on March 24, in a move regarded as a defeat for the GOP.
That failure was "a victory for all Americans," Clinton told a cheering, applauding crowd.