Hillary Clinton says misogyny "played a role" in her incredible election defeat

Clinton, who spoke at the Women in the World conference in NY on Thursday, called for the U.S. Congress to launch an investigation into the matter.

Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has chided President Donald Trump for firing 59 Tomahawk missiles on Syria as he attempts to bar refugees from entering the US.

During her time onstage, Clinton also talked about the role misogyny played in her loss and career, encouraging young women to seek political office, but advised, "Toughen your skin".

While the vastly experienced Clinton won the popular vote, she lost the electoral college to the businessman who had never previously held public office, upending the world and the United States political establishment.

The former Democratic presidential nominee spoke at length, covering a range of issues that included calling on the United States to take out Syrian air fields in the wake of a suspected chemical weapons attack. She urged the USA administration to "recognise that we can not in one breath speak of protecting Syrian babies and in the next close America's doors to them". "I mean that just has to be admitted".

The 69-year-old is now slowly emerging from post-election seclusion to make speeches, promote young people and to encourage more women to get involved in politics. She reiterated that position in an event in NY on Thursday just hours before the airstrikes began. "Oh I don't know, maybe you were dropped by immaculate conception?" she said. According to Clinton, Russian President, Vladimir V. Putin, ordered the hacks and was aided by social media bots and online trolls. Nicholas Kristof, aNew York Times columnist, asked her about the current state of the American presidency.

She ended her public appearance on a high note, saying "I am committed to the unfinished business of the 21st century: the rights of women and girls".

"Syria has been a wicked problem for a very long time, and the images of innocent people, of parents, and especially of children, suffering in the aftermath of that most recent deadly gas attack, were more appalling than I certainly could put into words", she said at the Texas event.

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