Hillary Clinton Emerges From "Taking Selfies in the Woods" to Urge Action Against Fake News

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The visit marks Clinton's first trip to the Capitol since her loss to Donald Trump.

"This is not exactly the speech at the Capitol I hoped to be giving after the election," opened Hillary Clinton when she took the stage to long applause on Capitol Hill Thursday. She then showed that, unlike President-elect Donald Trump, she has been tuning in to Saturday Night Live. "But after a few weeks of taking selfies in the woods, I thought it would be a good idea to come out."

On Saturday, NBC's SNL skewered reports that Clinton has been spending all of her time holed up in Chappaqua, N.Y., by sending two paranormal investigators into the woods of her hometown for a sketch about a fictional show called The Hunt for Hil.

On Thursday, she took the podium, dressed in purple, to address those in attendance at a portrait unveiling in honor of Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid. The Democratic leader is retiring after 30 years, and Democrats and Republicans joined Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden for the event.

The appearance is one of a few since election day for Clinton. Days after Nov. 8, she was photographed in Chappaqua by a local mom who had a chance encounter with the former Democratic presidential candidate while hiking. Since then, she has kept her public moments to a minimum, again making a splash with a surprise showing at UNICEF's annual Snowflake Ball at the end of last month.

During her speech, Clinton took time to tackle the "epidemic" of fake news, something she said is "a danger that must be addressed and addressed quickly."

Speaking to the real-world consequences of the spike seen in fake news this last year, she called on officials in both the private and public sectors to step up.

On Sunday, a gunman, spurred by a fake news story involving Clinton, fired an assault rifle at a Washington, D.C., pizza parlor in what has since been dubbed Pizzagate.

"This isn't about politics or partisanship," she said. "Lives are at risk." 

Watch her speech below.