Hillary Clinton Marks Historic Victory as First Woman to Clinch Major Party Nomination

Hillary Clinton Declares Victory as First
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Hillary Clinton marked the moment as the first woman to win a major party nomination on Tuesday, a day after major news outlets said that she had secured enough delegates to defeat Bernie Sanders in the protracted Democratic primary contest.

“Thanks to you, we have reached a milestone, the first time in our nation’s history that a woman will be our party’s nominee,” she said to supporters in Brooklyn, N.Y., about an hour as she was declared the projected winner of the New Jersey primary, one of six states voting in the final big day of the nomination battle.

Clinton tweeted earlier in the evening, “To every little girl who dreams big: Yes, you can be anything you want — even president. Tonight is for you.” She got a new Twitter avatar that said, “June 7, 2016. History made.”

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The date of Clinton’s speech was notable: On June 7, 2008, she conceded her nomination race to Barack Obama.

It may be hard to see tonight, but we are all standing under a glass ceiling right now,” Clinton said, alluding to her speech eight years ago when she referred to falling short of the nomination but not giving up.

She devoted parts of her speech to reaching out to Sanders supporters, saying that she knows what it is like to deal with disappointment after a hard-fought battle. “I know that feeling well,” she said.

She also talked about getting big money out of politics, a central theme of the Sanders campaign and one of his major criticisms of her campaign. She said that Sanders brought “vigorous debate” to the race that has been “very good for the Democratic party and good for America.”

She criticized Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, as a candidate who would divide the country. “Bridges are better than walls,” she said, a reference to his vow to build a wall between the United States and Mexico to curb illegal immigration.

“To be great, we can’t be small,” she said, in a line sure to be a signature slogan.

She called Trump “temperamentally unfit” to be president, and said, “He wants to win by stoking fear and rubbing salt in wounds and reminding us daily how great he is.”

Trump’s character also played into a comment she made about her late mother. “She taught me to never back down from a bully, which turns out to be great advice.”

Clinton’s historic victory drew comments from a number of entertainment figures.

“Well, let me put it this way, it has taken me 93 years to see this,” Norman Lear, the legendary producer and longtime progressive activist, told Variety.

When it comes to unifying the party, Lear said that he didn’t “know whether I am optimistic or prayerful. It makes too much sense not to think everyone won’t come together on this.”

He said that Clinton’s biggest challenge “will be dealing with people who don’t admit they are sexist. I don’t know what percentage of the country it is, but it isn’t small.”

As for what is the best way for Clinton to challenge Trump, who Lear has compared to Archie Bunker, “I think she only has to leave him alone. In that sense I think he worker for her.”

On Twitter, Jane Fonda relayed a message she sent to CNN on Monday after the AP called the primary race for Clinton.

“I just got word that Hillary has clinched it and I am way more emotional and thrilled than I ever expected to be,” Fonda wrote. “I’ve known Hillary since the 90s when she wanted to talk to me about the challenges of raising a child as a famous woman. She’s as intimate and personable as can be and she’ll make a real difference on so many levels.”

Cher tweeted, “Understand Ppl r Sad Angry Disappointed, Confused. I’m Under No Illusion tha Hill is perfect. But She’s Smart & I Trust She’ll Grow & Listen w/ Love.”

Rob Reiner wrote, “Now let’s all make sure the most qualified person ever to run for president makes it to the White House.”

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  1. Cole says:

    I’d take 100 Trumps over this lying fraud.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I love how she announced this before CA’s results even started coming in . If this is how elections work, then I guess I should announce my best film win at the Oscars 2020 right now too! :) #WHATAJOKE

    P.S. Hillary, if you hate democracy so much, how about you get out of our country and go a country that’s into dictators and disgusting behavior. Most of your supporters are sweet people who only adore you because they never bothered doing real research into your disgusting/serial-killer worthy history. Smh.

  3. Johan Raymaekers says:

    Americans are SO stupid.She lies more than Trump (and that says a lot), she have proven incapable to hold office but should run for president? America is a joke. #HilaryForPrison2016

  4. John says:

    Half of Hillary’s speech were identical to Trump’s 30 minutes earlier: i.e. “I fight for the American people”, “the real election has now begun”.

  5. Alexander says:

    I’m sorry, Variety, I couldn’t quite hear you. You’re voice is muffled from being crammed so far up Hitlery’s ass.

  6. Nanny Mo says:

    I just rented Michael Bay’s 13 Hours on DVD, and got a taste of Hillary in charge. I will NOT be voting for Hillary. She is unfit to be a commander in chief. So, I guess I’m voting Trump.

    • EricJ says:

      You let MICHAEL BAY decide your vote? Oh, man…I don’t even know where to start with that one

      • Anon says:

        Hey Eric, if you’re voting for Hillary, then maybe you should shut up with the arrogance. Research your psycho of a candidate properly. It’s the least you can do for you privilege to live in a county as great as ours. P.S. Trump may be a moron and I may not be a fan, but I doubt he’d commit .01% of the atrocities Hillary Clinton’s committed if you even tried to force him to. Most people in this world are not that deranged. Fyi.

      • Cheech Chi says:

        hahahah well said.

  7. rjoguillory says:

    …this is just BS propaganda fro Variety. Informed people know she has not “clinched” anything yet, and may not make it to the convention before she is indicted on espionage charges. You people in the media are treasonous & clueless. Do you not know that investigators have already found correspondence dated 3 days ago where the Clinton Campaign and AP colluded to time the “clinched” story in order to suppress the Tuesday voter turnout? You creatures are whores.

    • Anon says:

      Variety’s editors are scared they’re not going to be invited to George Clooney’s next birthday bash if they don’t suck up to Hillary. FYI, Variety, you all are journalists. All you guys do is talk about talented people. None of you guys are talented yourself. Therefore, nobody that cares about materialistic things will ever respect/look up to you. I’m sorry. But it’s the truth. The only thing that really is the great equalizer is ethics. So instead of trying to suck up to people who laugh when they talk about you behind closed doors, how about sucking up to God. Who only cares about your character. And who I believe would want you to stop engaging in disgustedly corrupt behavior in an attempt to rig our election and destroy democracy. Because, ultimately, it’s what he thinks of all of us that matters. So, please, Variety. Do what’s right. Furthermore, the only reason you all even had the opportunity to have the jobs you have is thanks to this being a democratic county. A country in which even the biggest/most untalented loser on earth has a shot at being successful. Therefore, please don’t ruin this country and everything it stands for. Aka freedom and justice for all. Not just freedom and justice for privileged/talented people like me :) #BYE

  8. penny says:

    An all-time low for the once decent Democrat party of John F Kennedy. A white 75 yr old socialist and a lying, sleazy second Clinton. If this doesn’t spell death of a major party, what does? Bill and Hillary Clinton are criminal grifters. No more Clintons.

    • Nanny Mo says:

      I agree, No more Clintons and no more Bushes. We threw the latest Bush out, now it’s time to stop the latest Clinton. Done with the establishment, been there, done that and it didn’t work.

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