VIDEO: Hillary Clinton Calls Out Trump in Wellesley Commencement Address

| June 7, 2017

“When people in power invent their own facts and attack those who question them—it can mark the beginning of the end of a free society. You are graduating at a time when there is a full-fledged assault on truth and reason.” — Hillary Clinton’s words of warning to 2017 graduates of Wellesley College.

Clinton, a member of Wellesley’s Class of ’69, former secretary of state and global champion for women, addressed the members of the Wellesley College Class of 2017 and an international audience of their family and friends at the college’s 139th Commencement Exercises on May 26, 2017.

David Badash of the New Civil Rights Movement wrote “Clinton took a well-deserved swipe at Kellyanne Conway and President Donald Trump” in her address. Telling the graduating class of 2017, “don’t let anyone tell you your voice doesn’t matter,” Clinton warned, “in the years to come, there will be trolls galore, online and in person, eager to tell you that you don’t have anything to say, or anything meaningful to contribute,” she said.

“They may even call you a ‘nasty woman,'” she quipped, citing a key moment in the presidential campaign that became a rallying cry for millions. The crowd roared.

“Some may take a slightly more sophisticated approach,” Clinton continued, “and say, ‘Your elite education means you are out of touch with real people.'”

“In other words, ‘sit down and shut up,'” she translated, telling the crowd that’s “the last thing” to tell a Wellesley grad.

Clinton also took shots at Trump and his administration, saying, “some are even denying things we see with our own eyes. Like the size of crowds,” she mocked, referring to Donald Trump’s inaugural temper tantrum.

“And then, defending themselves by talking about, ‘alternative facts,'” she added, taking a swipe at Kellyanne Conway.

“When people in power invent their own facts and attack those who question them—it can mark the beginning of the end of a free society,” Clinton warned.

Hayley Miller of the Huffington Post wrote “Hillary Clinton offered a powerful message of resistance and hope during her commencement address to Wellesley College graduates Friday, taking the opportunity to skewer President Donald Trump.”

WATCH CLINTON’S ADDRESS HERE:

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