Hillary Clinton’s California fans packed UC Davis’ Mondavi Center Monday night for her only California stop on her official book tour. Among them was recent UC Davis graduate Bethany Strom who wanted a message about the future.
“I’m really hoping that she has something to say that’s like not just being angry about what happened, but insight into what we can do better so that this doesn’t happen again,” Strom says.
Clinton spoke about the need for new gun regulations and mentioned learning about one of the victims, UC Davis graduate Michelle Vo, who reportedly gave blood every two weeks.
She says the NRA is lobbying hard against new gun regulations, like universal background checks.
“But when I think about Michelle Vo, I know we must do everything in our power to try to stop what happens every day from happening again," Clinton says. "And that will demand the courage to stand up to the gun lobby.”
Some Republicans have said it’s not right to talk about policy in the wake of tragedy, but Clinton says it’s the perfect time.
She says there is a concerted effort to turn the clock backward on civil rights, gay rights, women’s rights, and disability rights, but she told her supporters they need to continue to push back.
“We cannot just move on. Because the lessons we draw, or fail to draw from 2016 will help determine whether we can heal our democracy and protect it in the future,” Clinton says.
She says Americans need to remain vigilant when it comes to Russian hacking and people trying to distort facts, including President Donald Trump.
More than 500 UC Davis students were in attendance. She next heads to Montreal.
ORIGINAL: Hillary Clinton spoke Monday evening at the UC Davis Mondavi Center.
The former first lady, U.S. Senator and Democratic nominee for president's talk at the Mondavi Center's Jackson Hall was part of a nationwide tour of the U.S. and Canada promoting her new book. The Davis event was the only California stop scheduled so far.
Clinton's upcoming book, titled "What Happened," went on sale Sept. 12. It details her loss to Donald Trump in November.
Watch the speech here: