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So Hillary Clinton Has Some Thoughts on the Election, Trump's White House & 'Murica

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 "As a person, I'm OK. As an American, I'm pretty worried."

The one person who probably has every right to still be obsessed with the election is doing just fine, thank you, but she's not fine with the course on which America is currently.

"As a person, I'm OK," Clinton told Nicholas Kristof of The Failing New York Times at the Women in the World Summit on Thursday. "As an American, I'm pretty worried."

Worried? About what, Hillz?! As far as anyone can tell, the government is running like a well-oiled machine--if the oil was just toilet water and the machine was an old, defective George Foreman Grill that catches on fire whenever you make grilled cheese or try to take away people's healthcare.

But aside from wandering around the woods, making questionable hair choices, and embodying the crushed hopes of a few million Americans--how is the woman who wouldn't be president doing?

"I am doing pretty well, all things considered," Clinton said. "The aftermath of the election was so devastating. Everything that has come to light in the days and weeks since have been also troubling. I just had to make up my mind that yes, I was going to get out bed, and yes I was going to go out for long walks in the woods...and spend time with my family."

As for the misogyny of the 2016 election, and Trump's victory among (white) women, Clinton is as pragmatic as ever, conceding that misogyny did indeed play a role, but viewing the election as a struggle between "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 woman president on top of that, and I think some people, women included, had real problems," she added, noting, "With men, success and ambition are correlated with likability. With a woman, guess what? It's the exact opposite."


Moving on, how does Clinton feel the new guy is doing?

"I don't understand the commitment to hurt so many people that this administration, this White House, seems to be pursuing," she said, referring to Trump's troubled travel ban before dropping a well-prepared burn on the conservative, decidedly male push to cut federal funding from Planned Parenthood:

"The things that come out of some of these men's mouths, like 'Why do we have to cover maternity care?' Well, I don't know, maybe you were dropped by immaculate conception," she joked to rousing applause from the audience. "And the classic picture of all of the men sitting around the table, deciding how they were going to defund Planned Parenthood, end maternity care, end access for insurance for family planning for contraception -- looking at that picture, you just think it's got to be from a skit from Saturday Night Live. It can't be true."

Meanwhile, SNL can send a moderately priced gift basket to Mrs. Clinton for giving them their next sketch idea.

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Though she doesn't "take any pleasure in the chaotic functioning" of the new government--at least, not without a fur and a glass of wine at the ready--Clinton has no plans to run for office again. Instead, she wants what any grandmother and iconoclast would: to "find some interesting things to do" and help "people live their own lives better."

That sounds like some real Oprah vibes, but before Hillary starts throwing around Priuses, she still wants young women to remain undeterred in their pursuit of public office--just toughen the fuck up first.

"Be ready. It is not a new phenomenon, but it feels new and painful every time it happens to you," she warned. "Toughen up your skin. Take criticism seriously, but not personally."

You can catch Hillary Clinton's full interview at the Women in the World Summit below:

[h/t]The Hollywood Reporter

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