Friday, Hillary Clinton spoke at an event primarily dedicated to the roles of women in diplomacy. The former Secretary of State received her longest applause of the day when she attacked the Trump Administration.
Clinton gave a speech at Georgetown University, where she’d come to pass out the annual Hillary Rodham Clinton Awards for Advancing Women in Peace and Security. The ceremony and this year’s awards were mostly dedicated to a peace deal recently made with Columbia.
The former First Lady spoke in front of the audience with pride. She was met with an audience of women who responded to Clinton’s speech with “oohs and aahs” and “Hillary” chants.
Hillary Clinton expressed to the crowd how much she always enjoys coming to Georgetown University because she always receives such a warm welcome. She told the audience:
“Let’s do that again!”
The former secretary of state focused on global women’s rights during her speech and said that the is the “great unfinished business” of the 21st century.
She also included take shots at the White House. Clinton made a case against President Trump’s proposed non-interventionism and said that refugees “aren’t somebody else’s problem.”
She bemoaned proposed State Department budget cuts and quoted Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis as saying if State Department funding gets cut he needs to buy more ammunition. The former secretary of state called this a “grave mistake” that would hurt “women and children” around the globe.
She said that evidence shows that peace deals made by women last longer, and added, “Here I go again reading out research and facts.”
This line got her nearly a minute’s worth of applause. She later made reference to White House counselor Kellyanne Conway’s “alternative facts” line. “I will say clearly women are not inherently more peaceful than men. That’s a stereotype. That belongs in the alternative reality.”
Clinton concluded her speech saying that in the modern interconnected world the U.S. doesn’t have the freedom to focus on a few issues, and that it’s “our choice to make” whether the U.S. stands up for “our values.”