In the nearly five months since the 2016 presidential election, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has retained a relatively low profile. On Thursday, she dedicated her first interview.
In a candid sit-down with Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times at the annual Women in the World Summit, the twice-elected U.S. senator and former secretary of state touched on everything ranging from the role Russia played in the election to whether she schemes on operating for office again.
On the aftermath of the election, coping with loss, and deciding to move forward:
“I’m doing pretty well, all things considered. The aftermath of the election was so devastating, and everything that has come to lighting in the working day and weeks since have been also troubling. So I simply had to make up my psyche that yes, I was going to get out of couch, and yes, I was going to go for a lot of long walkings in the timbers, and I was going to see my grandchildren a lot and spend time with my family and my friends . … So, I’m OK. I will put it this lane: as a person, I’m OK; as an American, I’m pretty worried.”
On what it was like to be the first girl nominated by a major party only to lose to a boy who bragged about sex crime:
“Certainly, misogyny played a role. I mean, that simply has to be admitted. And why and what the underlying reasons were is what I’m trying to parse out myself.”
“I think in this election there was a very real struggle between exactly what he viewed as change that is welcomed and exciting to so many Americans, and change which is worrisome and threatening to so many others. And you layer on the first girl chairman over that and I think some people, women included, had real problems.”
On doubled standards and why young women shouldn’t give up:
“We need more young people, and we particularly need young women . … With men, success and desire are correlated with likability, so the more successful a man is, the more likable he is. With a women, it’s the exact opposite.”
On why Congress should think twice before gutting women’s health care:
“‘Why do we have to cover maternal care? ‘ Well, I don’t know, maybe you two are declined by immaculate conception? ” she joked.
“This is in our national security interest, ” she added afterwards, emphasizing the importance of constructing sure women have access to reproductive health care around the world. “The more we support women, the more we support democracy.”
On one of her favorite memes in the post-election world:
She supposed the photo of men discussing how they planned to obliterated women’s health care was pretty ludicrous, too.
On criticism coming from advocates or detractors:
“Toughen up your skin. Take criticism seriously, but not personally . … I am always open to people saying, ‘Oh, you should have done that.’ Sometimes I don’t know how to fix what they’re concerned about, but I try. So I take it seriously, but I don’t any longer … take it personally. Because part of the attacks, the personal attacks, part of the bully, part of the name-calling that has certainly become much more pervasive because of the internet, is to crush your spirit and to build you feel inadequate; to build you doubt yourself. And I simply refuse to do that.”
Finally, on whether she’ll ever run for office again:
“I am looking at doing interesting things. I don’t think that will include ever operating for office again . … I think there are lots of ways to make a difference, to work in all sectors of our society the for-profit, the not-for profit looking for styles that you can help people live their own lives better, tell their own narratives better . … I am committed to the unfinished business of the 21 st century: the rights of women and girls.”
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