Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., right, watches as Senate Minority Leader Sen Harry Reid, D-Nev., hugs Hillary Clinton during a ceremony to unveil a portrait of Reid, on Capitol Hill, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Hillary Clinton ventured to Capitol Hill Thursday for the official portrait unveiling ceremony for retiring Nevada Sen. Harry Reid, where she also made remarks in honor of the veteran Senator:
“Today, we are hanging Harry’s portrait here in the Capitol, but the more fitting portrait of him will be the one that goes in the dictionary next to the word ‘fighter,'” she said. “No matter how high he rose here in Washington, he never lost touch with the people and values he grew up with.”
As he embarks on life as a private citizen Reid said:
“I want to tell everyone here, I’m grateful to all my Democratic senators. They’ve been so good to me during my time as leader. And I feel so strongly about my staff. They are my family. I really, really do believe that. I feel they’re my family…”
Meantime, during her speech, Clinton warned of the dangers of fake news and employed Congress to work to do something about it. Among other things, Clinton said, “it’s now clear that so-called fake news can have real-world consequence,” a reference to a gunman, motivated by a fake news story, fired multiple shots inside a DC pizza shop last week.
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Clinton also told those in attendance in the Senate’s Kennedy Caucus Room, that it’s not the speech that she’d hope to be giving after the election:
“But after a few weeks of taking selfies in the woods, I thought it would be a good idea to come out.”
See full speech here.