PORTLAND, Ore. -- Supporters of Hillary Clinton packed the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall Tuesday night to hear from the former First Lady and Secretary of State.
They paid between $155 and $600 for a ticket and a copy of her book, What Happened. Clinton’s Portland stop was part of her book tour.
“I’m super excited to be here,” said attendee, Marisha Childs. “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
Outside of the venue, about 100 Clinton protesters, led by right-wing group Patriot Prayer, voiced their opposition to her visit with chants of "Lock her up" and signs that read "Hillary's Lies Matter." Those protesters were met by several counter-protesters.
Many who attended consider Clinton a hero, and someone they’re standing by now, more than ever. For them, What Happened, is a question they’ve asked themselves often, since Clinton lost the 2016 presidential election.
“I had a ‘Hill Yes’ bumper sticker on my car,” recalled Annabelle Leeson, who drove up from Corvallis. “I asked my friend every day, ‘She's going to win, right? He's not going to win.’ I was very disappointed.”
“We're all probably depressed,” added Childs. “So I think this is helpful to help us all out of that dark fog.”
For some, Clinton’s visit was like a ray of light they wanted their children to feel.
“I'm really excited to give this opportunity to my daughter,” said Jessica Black, who brought her 6-year-old daughter, Delilah. “At such a young age, I hope it inspires here going forward.”
Clinton took the stage to a standing ovation, and launched into the first of four main points she shared.
“First, everyone gets knocked down,” said Clinton. “What matters is whether you get back up and keep going!”
Clinton confessed that after her defeat, she was tempting to pull the covers over her head. Instead, she said she spent time with friends, family and did a lot of reading.
“Usually mystery novels, because the bad guy usually gets it in the end,” said Clinton to cheers and laughter.
In Clinton’s second point, she tackled sexism, especially in the political sphere.
“The only way we will get sexism out of politics is to get more women into politics,” she said.
Clinton’s third point focused on what she called “the forces at work” in the 2016 election.
“What we have learned about Russian interference in the election is more than alarming,” said Clinton. “It's a clear and present danger for Western democracy and it's right out of [Vladimir] Putin’s playbook.”
Most people who attended Clinton’s talk went home with a copy of What Happened, and something to think about—her fourth point.
“There is no such thing as an alternative fact,” said Clinton, and the crowd cheered again.