Hillary Clinton promotes book in Portland, met by protesters

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks to an enthusiastic crowd at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. Clinton was in Portland as part of her book tour. (KATU Photo)

Former secretary of state, presidential candidate and first lady Hillary Clinton spoke to an audience of loyal supporters at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall Tuesday. Outside the venue, protesters and counter-protesters gathered to demonstrate.

Clinton is taking part in an 18-city book tour to talk about her new memoir, "What Happened."

An enthusiastic crowd greeted the politician with a standing ovation.

"I want to pull back the curtain," she told the crowd.

Clinton spoke about the 2016 presidential race, what's currently taking place under President Donald Trump and what Democrats will have to do moving forward.

"We have to keep fighting for every single thing we believe in and every cause and every candidate," she said.

During the 2016 presidential campaign, and following the November election, many supporters wore pantsuits to echo Clinton's favored look.

In the crowd Tuesday was 17-year-old Olivia Krull. She wore a pink pantsuit. The teen attended the event with her mother, Gabrielle Fane.

"She's just a very important person to look up to," Krull said.

Fane said she attended the event with her daughter to help them "heal" after the results of the 2016 election.

"She is my idol. I've been following her career since I was her age," Fane said.

People hung on Clinton's every word. She gave advice for women looking to get involved in politics and encouraging them to run.

"The only way we will get sexism out of politics is to get more women into politics," Clinton said to a cheering crowd.

Outside the concert hall, two groups of protesters showed up.

The anti-Hillary group Patriot Prayer accused Clinton of buying out the DNC and stealing the election from Bernie Sanders.

"We're going to stand here, and we're going to hold our signs, and we're going to let Portland know -- they want to see what happened, if Hillary wants to see what happened, we'll show her what happened. We have signs that tell it all," said anti-Hillary protester Carol Leek, who was wearing a red stocking cap with the word "Trump" on it. She was holding signs that read, "Robbed Bernie" and "Juanita Broaddrick," the woman who has accused Clinton's husband and former president, Bill Clinton, of raping her.

And a group that called itself Northwest Stands Against Patriot Prayer, accused members of the other group as being white supremacists and spreading hate speech.

A significant police presence was also at the venue.

Clinton will hit the last stop of her book tour Wednesday at an event in Vancouver, British Columbia.




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