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Hillary Clinton says she still regrets 2016 election loss to Trump

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivers the keynote address at the Regional Plan Association annual assembly in Midtown Manhattan, April 27, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by AFP)

Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton she still regrets losing the 2016 presidential face-off with her Republican rival Donald Trump.

"No, I'm not over it. I still think about the 2016 election. I still regret the mistakes I made. I still think, though, that understanding what happened in such a weird and wild election in American history will help us defend our democracy in the future," she told graduating Yale students at Sunday's Class Day address.

Throughout her speech, the former first lady tried to crack jokes at her failed campaign and yet remind the students of the many scandals that overshadowed the race for the White House.

Clinton, who graduated from Yale Law School in 1973, joked about her audition to join a famous singing club, saying she had buried the audition tape "so deep that not even WikiLeaks will be able to find it."

The anti-secrecy website dealt heavy blows to Hillary’s campaign by leaking hacked emails about the inner works of the Democratic Party.

Referring to a high-profile FBI investigation into her handling of classified emails, Clinton said, "If you thought my emails were scandalous, you should hear my singing voice."

The former New York Senator then took an indirect jab at Trump and the ongoing probe into his alleged collusion with Russia, pulling out a Russian hat.

"I mean if you can't beat 'em, join 'em," she told the audience as she held the traditional Russian Ushanka hat in the air.

Hillary then warned the students that the United States was going through a “full-fledged crisis in our democracy."

"There are certain things that are so essential they should transcend politics," said Clinton, who was careful not to mention Trump by name. "Waging a war on the rule of law and a free press, delegitimizing elections, perpetrating shameless corruption, and rejecting the idea that our leaders should be public servants undermines our national unity."

The former presidential contender also called "common-sense gun safety legislation as soon as we can get it" in reference to Friday's mass shooting that killed 10 students at Santa Fe High School in Texas.

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