Despite a dirty, divisive, and often deeply personal campaign fought between new President Donald Trump and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary Clinton attended Trump’s inauguration with grace. Former First Lady Michelle Obama famously said, “When they go low, we go high.” Secretary Clinton certainly went high today. She went to a ceremony to honor our great nation’s enduring democracy, facing a man who campaigned in part on a promise to throw her in jail and crowds who spent months referring to her only with degrading, misogynistic slurs.
Clinton explained succinctly on Twitter why her attendance today was so important:
I’m here today to honor our democracy & its enduring values. I will never stop believing in our country & its future. #Inauguration
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) January 20, 2017
America is a country built on the peaceful transition of power and the rule of law. Hillary Clinton is the embodiment of what an American leader should be: a strong fighter who will graciously step aside when she must. Secretary Clinton’s class and commitment to the high road are two reasons why we wish that she was sworn in today. But in keeping with her character, she had to stand by and remind us all to not stop believing in our country, and to not stop championing its foundational values.
Marisa completed her undergraduate degree in 2013 at the University of Wisconsin with a double major in creative writing and media studies. She is an advocate of progressive policies and focuses her interests on gender equality and preventing sexual and domestic violence.