Hillary Clinton Thrills Toronto Crowd with Part Feminist, Part Activist Talk

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Hillary Clinton Thrills Toronto Crowd with Part Feminist, Part Activist Talk


Perkel, Colin, The Canadian Press


Feisty Hillary Clinton delights Toronto crowd

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TORONTO - Former American presidential candidate Hillary Clinton told an appreciative crowd on Thursday that more women in politics is the way to overcome the sexism that pervades the political world, and that democracy is under assault.

The Democrat was in Toronto to promote her new best-selling memoir, "What Happened," in which she describes her stunning loss in last year's election to political newcomer, Republican Donald Trump, a man often criticized as a misogynist.

"The only way to get sexism out of politics is to get more women into politics," Clinton, 69, said. "I want more women in politics so our politics is more representative."

Many reasons exist why politics can be a downright infuriating prospect for women, she said, citing the example of a group of men sitting around a table deciding what health care women need.

At the same time, politics can also be immensely rewarding by providing women a voice at the table, said Clinton as she praised Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for appointing Canada's first gender-balanced cabinet.

"I especially appreciate Canada's commitment to an open and diverse society that welcomes immigrants," she said to loud applause.

In fact, she joked that she had received many suggestions to relocate to Canada. While she won't be moving, she did enjoy her summer vacation in Quebec, she said.

Clinton said the Russian "misinformation campaign" during the presidential election was largely successful because Americans are finding it increasingly difficult to distinguish between truth and reason.

"There is no such thing as an 'alternative fact' despite the war by some to wage a war on reason and evidence," she said. "We can't let that happen."

Trump won't condemn the Russian interference in American politics because there is growing evidence of "very tangled" financial relationships between the president, his associates and Russia, she said.

"Trump doesn't just like (Russian President Vladimir) Putin," she said, "He wants to be like Putin. …

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