(CNSNews.com) – Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told graduates at Hunter College in New York City on Wednesday that when she thinks about the future, she wonders what to do “when people in positions of authority are not held accountable, when they defy requests from the Congress, when they spread misinformation online.”
Her remarks appear to be a dig at President Donald Trump.
Clinton spoke after Special Counsel Robert Mueller issued his statement on his report detailing the findings on the Russia investigation.
“Just today before this graduation ceremony started, we heard from the special counsel, Robert Mueller, who said there were multiple systemic efforts to interfere in our election,” she said.
“And that allegation deserves the attention of every American, but what we’ve seen from the administration is the complete refusal to condemn a foreign power who attacked our democracy or to take even the most basic steps to protect our voting systems for the future despite the fact that all of the professionals who studied this say more attacks are coming,” Clinton said.
“And it’s so clear that there is a real challenge to get to the root of that problem. In fact, it seems clear. It seems absolutely clear that we’ve got to deal with what has been investigated and reported. Now when I think about the future, I think about what do we do when people in positions of authority are not held accountable, when they defy requests from the Congress, when they spread misinformation online,” she said.
Clinton told graduates that she decided to bring up the issue, because “the future of this democracy truly does depend on you, and I know that’s asking a lot, and it can be tempting to read the news and throw your hands up and conclude nothing matters, nothing will change, so why even bother, but it does really, really matter, and this is no time for apathy.”
“Instead, it should be a time for action,” she said, “because the question for each of us to answer, especially for you graduates is will the symbol of this troubled age be the cynic’s shrug, or will it be the raised hand of the volunteer, the activist’s rolled up sleeves, the linked arms and marching feet of people who demand justice and democracy.”
“The answer is up to all of us, and yes, it is up to you, and the spirit you’ve shown fills me with such hope. The big-hearted, hard-working, expectations-defined spirit that earned you these diplomas is exactly what this country needs right now,” Clinton added.