Clinton reappears on Capitol Hill for Reid send-off

Greg Nash

Hillary Clinton made her first appearance on Capitol Hill since Election Day Thursday, exactly one month after losing the presidential race Donald Trump. 

The former Democratic presidential nominee received a standing ovation before a crowded room of friends and colleagues at retiring Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid’s (Nev.) send-off.  

{mosads}”This is not ​exactly ​the speech at the Capitol I ​hoped to be giving after the election,” Clinton began.

“​But a​fter a few weeks of taking selfies in the woods, I thought it would be a good idea to come out,” she said, poking fun at herself for being photographed several times over the past few weeks hiking near her upstate New York home. 

An audible flurry of camera shutters from the press drew attention to Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden quietly sharing a few words and a laugh during House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) tribute to Reid. 

The former Secretary of State nodded intently and chuckled at lawmakers’ jokes, appearing fairly relaxed, as Congressional leaders honored the outgoing Senate minority leader. 

Clinton kept her brief tribute positive, complimenting Reid for his time fighting “for the simple but powerful idea that ​yes, ​we are​ all​ created equal.” 

She did, however, also draw attention to other current events – the death of former astronaut and Ohio Sen. John Glenn, and the rise of rapidly spreading fake news.

“The epidemic of malicious fake news and false propaganda that flooded social media over the past year — it’s now clear the so-called fake news can have real-world consequences,” said Clinton, referring to gunman who entered the Comet Ping Pong pizza restaurant after an online conspiracy theory claimed that she and her campaign chief ran a child-sex ring in a back room of the pizza shop. 

“Lives are at risk.”

Clinton did not answer questions from the press as she entered the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill, but smiled with her usual “how are you?” as she passed reporters and TV cameras. She was then whisked away in her bright purple suit, accompanied by aides John Podesta and Huma Abedin.

Following remarks, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel made his way across the room to greet colleagues, including Podesta and Abedin. They shared pleasantries as Clinton’s former running mate Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) walked over to briefly say hello. 

On Clinton’s way out of the building, she stopped to take selfies with a group of students, interns and young supporters, handing the camera to Kaine.


Tags Donald Trump Harry Reid Hillary Clinton Joe Biden Tim Kaine

The Hill has removed its comment section, as there are many other forums for readers to participate in the conversation. We invite you to join the discussion on Facebook and Twitter.

See all Hill.TV See all Video

Most Popular

Load more


See all Video