Hillary Clinton urged supporters "not to give up" at a charity gala in Washington D.C. Wednesday night.
Her appearance, which aides say was planned long before last week's stunning loss, marked Clinton's first public remarks since conceding the election to President-elect Donald Trump.
"I know many of you are deeply disappointed about the results of the election," she said to the crowd at a Children's Defense Fund gala. "I am too, more than I can ever express."
Clinton said appearing in public wasn't the easiest thing for her.
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"There have been a few times this past week when all I wanted to do is just to curl up with a good book or our dogs and never leave the house again," the former presidential nominee said.
Nevertheless, she attempted to inspire her audience and emphasized a line of Martin Luther King Jr. that is oft quoted by President Barack Obama throughout her speech: "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice."