Hillary Clinton has been relatively quiet after conceding the presidential election in November 2016, but on Feb. 24, she jumped back into the political fray with a video message promising to join Democrats and urging them to "keep fighting" against President Donald Trump and his administration as her party works to rebuild itself (video below).
"We as Democrats must move forward with courage, confidence and optimism, and stay focused on the elections we must win this year and next," Clinton says in the video, posted to the Democratic Party's social media accounts. "Let resistance plus persistence equal progress for our party and our country. Keep fighting. I'll be right there with you every step of the way."
Clinton's message came one day before her party is set to vote for the next Democratic National Committee chair. Several candidates dropped out to throw their support to the two front-runners, Labor Secretary Tom Perez and Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota, notes NPR.
Perez is seen as the more moderate establishment candidate and has the support of many high-ranking members of the party, such as former Vice President Joe Biden and former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, while Ellison is considered more grassroots and progressive. His supporters include Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
The race is expected to be so close that the winner won't be clear until after the first round of balloting.
No matter the outcome of the race, which some believe will indicate the future direction of the Democratic Party, Clinton in the video urges her fellow Democrats to continue "marching, protesting, tweeting, speaking out, and working for an America that’s hopeful, inclusive, and big-hearted."
"After the primaries we came together as a party to write the most progressive platform in history," she adds. "Ideas we championed are now inspiring leaders and activists across our country."