Hillary Clinton: I Wanted To Curl Up After Donald Trump Win

Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton speaks at the Children's Defense Fund's Beat the Odds Celebration at the Newseum, Washington, DC, November 16. It marked the first time Clinton had spoken in public since conceding the election. Chip Somodevilla/Getty

Hillary Clinton has revealed her deep disappointment after losing the U.S. presidential election to Donald Trump.

Addressing the Children's Defense Fund charity Wednesday, Clinton said that she wanted to "curl up with a good book and never leave the house again."

But she said that, while it was tough to appear publicly so soon after the election, the fight for American values must continue and she urged the audience to "never give up."

Clinton, in her second attempt at running to enter the Oval Office, secured the popular vote in the November 8 election but Trump won the presidency because of the electoral college system that the U.S. uses to decide its leader.

"Now, I will admit coming here tonight wasn't the easiest thing for me," she said.

"I know many of you are deeply disappointed about the results of the election. I am, too, more than I can ever express."

She continued: "I know this isn't easy. I know that over the past week a lot of people have asked themselves whether America is the country we thought it was."

Clinton was the favorite to win the race to the White House, with the majority polls and analysts predicting her campaign to win. But Trump upset the odds, appealing to disenfranchized voters who propelled his surge to victory. The result has led to thousands of Americans taking to the streets to protest against Trump.

Clinton, in a leaked phone call, placed blame on FBI Director James Comey for her defeat after he announced a resumption of a probe into her private email server use just days before the vote. The investigation, ultimately, showed no criminal wrongdoing.

"The divisions laid bare by this election run deep, but please listen to me when I say this," Clinton said.

"America is worth it. Our children are worth it. Believe in our country, fight for our values and never, ever give up."