Celebrating a 25-Year-Old Clinton Win, but Still Stung by a Trump Defeat

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“Apparently, my former opponent is obsessed with my speaking out,” she said, noting that Mr. Trump had just trained his Twitter fire on her earlier in the day. “Honestly, between tweeting and golfing, how does he get anything done?”

Explaining how she had tried to cope with what she called a “very painful” loss, she said she had taken to mystery novels “because the bad guy always got it in the end.”

The weekend gathering was supposed to be a reunion of the first Clinton for President campaign, an exercise in escapism from the recent unpleasantness, set to the familiar chords of Fleetwood Mac’s “Don’t Stop,” which opened and closed the event. But thinking about tomorrow is all the harder when you are locked in a nasty feud that continues unabated a year after Election Day.

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A collage at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock.

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Hours before the discussion, Mr. Trump lobbed his latest insult at Mrs. Clinton. “Crooked Hillary Clinton is the worst (and biggest) loser of all time,” he wrote on Twitter. “She just can’t stop, which is so good for the Republican Party. Hillary, get on with your life and give it another try in three years!”

Mrs. Clinton, though, went well beyond ridicule in her election lament on Saturday.

She inveighed against the rise of “phony news,” recalling how when lifelong friends of hers went canvassing, they were informed by voters that Mrs. Clinton was behind all manner of criminality, including running a “child trafficking ring in the basement of a pizzeria.”

When her friends would push back, they would be told, “ ‘Oh yeah, I saw it on the internet,’ ” Mrs. Clinton recounted with dismay.

She savaged Russia for “weaponizing information, stealing information,” but her critique plunged far deeper than the events of last year. She said democracy itself was under duress because avenues of communication with the electorate had been compromised.

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