Hillary Clinton in Atlanta: ‘The fever is breaking and the tide is turning.’

Hillary Clinton visits Octane Coffee in Atlanta in February. AJC file

Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said the Democratic wave in last week’s elections was a sign that the “fever is breaking and the tide is turning” after her stunning defeat by Republican Donald Trump.

Clinton said Monday that the Democratic victories in statewide elections in New Jersey and Virginia, along with down-ballot gains in Georgia and elsewhere, were a “resounding affirmation of America’s best values.”

“None of that would have happened if people got discouraged and decided to give up on politics last November,” she said during her stop in Atlanta as part of a 16-city nationwide book tour.

“You’ve got some important elections next year in Georgia,” she said. “Get involved in whatever way feels right for you. But don’t give up.”

The crowd of more than 4,000 welcomed Clinton with a roar of applause, and it cheered even louder when she said her days of being guarded about what she says in public “are over.”

“I am still really proud of the campaign we ran,” she said. “Writing this both was often painful, but ultimately cathartic. These days when people ask me how I’m doing, I say: ‘As a person, I’m OK. But as an American, I’m really worried.’ ”

Her discussion, moderated by Agnes Scott College President Elizabeth Kiss, was a mix of self-deprecating humor and bruising attacks on Republicans.

Of the GOP promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act, she said Republicans were “the proverbial dog that catches the car — they have no idea what to do.” She called the GOP tax overhaul “nothing but a budget-busting, debt-increasing giveaway to the wealthiest Americans.” And she said voters made clear last week that “hope beat hate.”

She also spoke in detail about the letter sent by then-FBI Director James Comey that reopened an investigation into her use of a private email server days before the election, calling it an “unprecedented” move.

And she said Russia worked actively to “foment fear and hatred” targeting undecided voters and some of her supporters to back her third-party opponent or stay home.

“The Russians are still playing on anything or everything they can to turn us against each other,” she said, adding: “We have to do everything we can to confront this urgent threat to our nation and our democracy.”

The book, “What Happened,” details Clinton’s campaign to become the nation’s first female president, the factors that led to her loss and her life after the November vote.

It was Clinton’s first formal visit to Atlanta since a late February 2016 trip where she campaigned at City Hall and the Georgia Capitol days before the March presidential primary. She easily defeated Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders in that vote but lost Georgia by 5 points in the general election.

Asked what she’ll do next in her public life, Clinton said she plans to immerse herself in her book tour the rest of this year and then focus on boosting Democratic candidates in next year’s midterm elections.

“I’m going to spend a lot of 2018 doing everything I can to help elect Democrats, and in particular to help elect a majority in the House and in the Senate. It will be a lot of work,” she said, but she said she won nearly two dozen congressional districts held by the GOP.

“If we can fight to keep this on a level playing field,” she said, “we can win.”

 

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weetamoe
weetamoe

does "scooderpup"--see below and below and below, etc--get all of his information from Bluestein exclusively?

Michelle Palmateer
Michelle Palmateer

Just another bunch of BS from a person who tried to destroy the women that her husband sexually abused and or raped. She even had the guts to say that all of the women victims of sexual abuse had THE RIGHT TO BE HEARD! Fools believe the liar.

tinala
tinala

@Michelle Palmateer  I guess you are okay with an adulterer, who admitted because he was famous he can kiss anyone and grab them by their private parts. He's a Pathological Uncouth Egotistical Liar who married a Stripper.

Corey
Corey

We have roughly one half of the nation only concerned about tax cuts and business friendly policies and with having a Supreme Court packed with anti-abortion/anti-gay judges. They ignore how Trump undermines our nation's ideals while on the world stage. Trump has yet to tout democracy, the rule of law and human rights. Every previous president spoke up and out while on the world stage about these issues. All Trump cares about is having his fragile ego fed. I'm absolutely astounded that people who know better remain silent while termites eat away at the foundation of our great democracy. Trump's simple mind does not realize that he's being played  when lavish praise is heaped upon him by the likes of Duarte. Human rights be damned; Trump only cares about being liked more by this despicable human than Obama was.  These dictators know just how insecure and how fragile his ego is, and they are playing him like a violin while weakening this nation.  

chill30313
chill30313

@Mack Plymale For what? Don't you think she already would be if she had done even the slightest thing wrong? The Republicans have been investigating her since the 90's trying to pin something on her. You got nothing. In the meantime Don Jr. sure is sweating bullets. 

mc bizzle
mc bizzle

@chill30313 @Mack Plymale Syria, Libya ring a bell, Idiot? You lemming shill POS.  Aiding ISIS.  Saudis to commit genocide on the Shia.  A mountain of skulls and a river of lies in Hillary Cintons wake. Gross.  I just threw up in my mouth thinkin about that monster in a pant suit. F### that B####!  Lock her up and throw away the key.

Babycat
Babycat

“I am still really proud of the campaign we ran,” she says.


Really?  She had to lie, cheat and steal to get the party nomination!

HonkyKat99
HonkyKat99

The Hildabeast could have called her book "I Guess America Hates Me After All" instead of "What Happened". What a crook.

scooderpup
scooderpup

Fox and Russian bots make you stupid.

Covfefe23
Covfefe23

JFC, just go away, you're not helping.  You couldn't even beat the worst candidate in history.  STFU and go spend your Goldman-Sachs windfall in retirement.

scooderpup
scooderpup

Fox and the Russians make you look brainwashed.......

DrSocrates
DrSocrates

What a shameful and disgusting excuse for a candidate.  As shameful and disgusting as the one who got elected.


You Demon-Rats and ReTards need to face the music. She and Trump will mark the end of the corrupt and rotten-to-the-core two-party system in this country.  


Intelligent people vote Independent and lean toward Libertarian ideals (but they don't necessarily vote that way).  Most of the yahoos reading this fishwrap are still beholden to their parties.  


Mercifully, the two parties are tearing each other apart so they both lose credibility. 


So mote it be!

scooderpup
scooderpup

Fox and Russia makes you stupid .....

falconsfan1
falconsfan1

Of course this will be big news to AJC and liberal media! Will you people PLEASE just write her off and send the Clintons down the road!

scooderpup
scooderpup

Fox and Russian prpganda makes you look uninformed and stupid.

Kevin745757575
Kevin745757575

So she has apologized for enabling a sexual predator?

Allison.......
Allison.......

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PBlueRibbon
PBlueRibbon

 “The Russians are still playing on anything or everything they can to turn us against each other,” she said, adding: “We have to do everything we can to confront this urgent threat to our nation and our democracy.”


Don't hardly get no better than this.  If this is the best y'all got, I be voting' Republican for 200 years.  (Said with a strong Texas drawl)


Uranium much?  Rooskies put the shizam on your olde arse, didn't they Hill?  Silly Communist gurl.  Reset!


PBR


scooderpup
scooderpup

Keep watching fox. Makes people stupid.

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