Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's speech on Friday at Wellesley College served as a reminder of "why she lost" her bid for president in 2016, said Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel, The Hill reported.
Clinton used her speech to the graduating class at her alma mater to criticize President Donald Trump, though never mentioning him by name.
"We were furious about the past presidential election of a man whose presidency would eventually end in disgrace with his impeachment for obstruction of justice," she said, then clarified she was referencing former President Richard Nixon, whose Watergate scandal forced him to resign the presidency.
Clinton also made a not-too-subtle comparison to Trump as a troll and alluded to a presidential debate last year where he called her a name.
"There will be trolls galore, online and in person, eager to tell you that you don't have anything worthwhile to say, or anything meaningful to contribute. They may even call you a nasty woman," Clinton said.
The RNC chairwoman suggested Clinton could reflect instead on how she lost last year's presidential race and how she might benefit from the Democratic Party.
"Today's speech was a stark reminder why Hillary Clinton lost in 2016," McDaniel said. "Instead of lashing out with the same partisan talking points, Hillary Clinton would be wise to look inward, talk about why she lost, and expand the dwindling base of Democrat Party supporters — we won't hold our breath though."
Clinton also used the speech to promote her new Political Action Committee called Onward Together, saying its purpose was "to recruit and train future leaders, organize for real and lasting change."
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