Former first lady Hillary Clinton received a wild standing ovation at the 50-year anniversary celebration for NARAL, a nonprofit that advocates for abortions.
NARAL President Ilyse Hogue introduced the “rightful 45th president of the United States” to the 50th Anniversary Celebration Dinner on Thursday at the Capitol Hilton in D.C., where the twice-failed presidential candidate pontificated about President Trump with told-you-sos and her sage advice for the future.
“We have known who Donald Trump is for some time,” Hillary Clinton says at NARAL event. “Now we know that in the course of his duties as our president, he’s endangered us all by putting his personal and political interests ahead of the interests of the American people.” pic.twitter.com/bIetZpW3G9
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The speech is one of many Clinton appearances scheduled in the coming weeks, purportedly to promote a new book, that will attention from Democrats vying for the presidential nomination and fuel speculation she’s running a shadow campaign to mount a surprise rematch with Trump in 2020.
“This occupant of the Oval Office poses a clear and present danger to our future, to our democracy,” Clinton said in DC Thursday. “This is not a political statement, it’s a harsh reality, which is why the speaker has acted, because it goes to the core of our values, our strength, our freedom, our security, our prosperity.”
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The former Secretary of State touted her experience with impeachment as a young lawyer who reviewed the infamous recordings of former president Richard Nixon, who resigned instead of facing impeachment in 1974.
“I truly have a life you cannot make up,” Clinton boasted.
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“I think it is fair to say that we have known who Donald Trump is for some time now,” she continued. “We knew he was a corrupt businessman who cheated people. We knew that his campaign invited foreign adversaries to tamper with our elections.
“And now we know that in the course of his duties as our president he’s endangered us all by putting his personal and political interests ahead of the interests of the American people,” Clinton claimed. “So this is a historic moment, a moment of reckoning.”
Clinton is launching a nationwide book tour alongside daughter Chelsea Clinton to promote “The Book of Gutsy Women,” which chronicles “stories of inspirational women,” the Washington Blade reports.
The whole idea is to highlight women who have pushed through adversity to get what they want, a theme that fits well with speculation Clinton is angling for another opportunity to etch her name in history as America’s first woman president.
“The Book of Gutsy Women” features civil rights activists Dorothy Height and Harriet Tubman, LGBTQ activist Edie Windsor, and swimmer Diana Nyad, and other women who “looked fear in the face and persevered,” according to the description from publisher Simon and Schuster.
“Nearly every single one of these women was fiercely optimistic – they had faith that their actions could make a difference. And they were right,” the description reads. “To us, they are all gutsy women – leaders with the courage to stand up to the status quo, ask hard questions, and get the job done.
“So in the moments when the long haul seems awfully long, we hope you will draw strength from these stories. We do. Because if history shows one thing, it’s that the world needs gutsy women.”
Clinton plans to make that case in a round of media appearances on CBS Sunday, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The View and other shows, as well as talks and book signing events at college campuses and other venues across the country in the coming weeks.
The tour comes as Clinton has ratcheted up her rhetoric against Trump amid an impeachment inquiry, most recently calling the POTUS an “illegitimate president” and “corrupt human tornado” in an interview with CBS News.
“I believe that – look there were many funny things that happened in my election that will not happen again,” Clinton said. “And I’m hoping that both the public and press understand the way Trump plays the game.”
“It was like applying for a job and getting 66 million letters of recommendation and losing to a corrupt human tornado,” she told CBS.