Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made her most political remarks since unexpectedly losing the 2016 presidential election to President Donald Trump.
In her keynote address at the annual conference of the Professional BusinessWomen of California, Clinton urged her supporters to "resist" the policies put forth by Trump and urged women to step forward and continue making strides in equality.
"I am here today to urge us not to grow tired," Clinton said, according to the San Jose Mercury News. "Not to be discouraged and disappointed. Not to throw up our hands because change is not happening fast enough. We need more women at any table, at any conference call or email chain where decisions are made."
"Obviously the outcome of the election wasn't the one I hoped for, worked for, but I will never stop speaking out for common sense benefits that will allow moms and dads to stay on the job," Clinton said, according to CNN.
Clinton also blasted the health care bill put forward by Republicans, which failed to garner enough support in its own party to pass a GOP-controlled House of Representatives. The failure was a significant defeat for Trump and many Republicans who won their positions during the 2016 election on a platform of repealing the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare. The ACA was one of former President Barack Obama's most significant policy achievements during his eight-year presidency.
"When Congress and the administration tried to jam through a bill that would have kicked 24 million people off their health insurance, defunded Planned Parenthood, jeopardized access to affordable birth control, deprived people with disabilities and the elderly and nursing homes of essential care, they were met with a wave of resistance," Clinton said to a cheering crowd, according to the San Jose Mercury News. "And when this disastrous bill failed, it was a victory for all Americans."
"Really? Take away maternity care?" Clinton said, referring to the Republican health care proposal. "Who do these people talk to?"
And speaking at the conference for businesswomen, Clinton included a message about encouraging and providing opportunities for more women in business and politics.
"Advancing the rights and opportunities of women and girls is the great unfinished business of the 21st century," she said, adding that women's representation in Washington, D.C., is "the lowest it's been in a generation," according to CNN.
It's too early to tell if Clinton plans to run for president a third time in 2020, but she gave her audience a catchy slogan to fight Republicans in the meantime: She offered the audience her new mantra: "Resist, insist, persist, enlist."