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Hillary Clinton Speaks on Historic Victory
Clinton also thanked her supporters and congratulated Senator Sanders and his supporters on the campaign he has run.
Clinton's remarks, as transcribed, are below:
“[…] one that you have taken with me and I am so grateful to you. It is wonderful to be back in Brooklyn, here in this [...]. And it may be hard to see tonight, but we are all standing under a glass ceiling right now. But don’t worry, we’re not smashing this one.
Thanks to you, we’ve reached a milestone – the first time in our nation’s history that a woman will be a major party’s nominee for president of the United States.
Tonight’s victory is not about one person. It belongs to generations of women and men who struggled and sacrificed and made this moment possible. In our country, it started right here in New York, a place called Seneca Falls, in 1848. When a small but determined group of women, and men, came together with the idea that women deserved equal rights, and they set it forth in something called the Declaration of Sentiments, and it was the first time in human history that that kind of declaration occurred.
So we all owe so much to those who came before, and tonight belongs to all of you.
I want to thank all the volunteers, community leaders, the activists, and organizers who supported our campaign in every state and territory. And thanks especially to our friends in New Jersey for such a resounding victory tonight. Thanks for talking to your neighbors, for making contributions. Your efforts have produced a strong majority of the popular vote, victories in a majority of the contests, and after tonight, a majority of pledged delegates.
I want to thank all the people across our country who have taken the time to talk with me. I’ve learned a lot about you and I’ve learned about those persistent problems and the unfinished promise of America that you are living with. So many of you feel like you are out there on your own, that no one has your back. Well, I do. I hear you, I see you.
And as your president, I will always have your back. I want to congratulate Senator Sanders for the extraordinary campaign he has run. He has spent his long career in public service fighting for progressive causes and principles, and he’s excited millions of voters, especially young people. And let there be no mistake: Senator Sanders, his campaign, and the vigorous debate that we’ve had about how to raise incomes, reduce inequality, increase upward mobility have been very good for the Democratic Party and for America.
This has been a hard-fought, deeply-felt campaign. But whether you supported me, or Senator Sanders, or one of the Republicans, we all need to keep working toward a better, fairer, stronger America.
Now, I know it never feels good to put your heart into a cause or a candidate you believe in – and to come up short. I know that feeling well. But as we look ahead to the battle that awaits, let’s remember all that unites us.
We all want an economy with more opportunity and less inequality, where Wall Street can never wreck Main Street again. We all want a government that listens to the people, not the power brokers, which means getting unaccountable money out of politics. And we all want a society that is tolerant, inclusive, and fair.
We all believe that America succeeds when more people share in our prosperity; when more people have a voice in our political system; when more people can contribute to their communities. We believe that cooperation is better than conflict, unity is better than division, empowerment is better than resentment, and bridges are better than walls
It’s a simple but powerful idea. We believe that we are stronger together. And the stakes in this election are high. And the choice is clear.
Donald Trump is temperamentally unfit to be president and commander-in-chief. And he’s not just trying to build a wall between America and Mexico – he’s trying to wall off Americans from each other. When he says, ‘Let’s make America great again,’ that is code for, ‘Let’s take America backwards.’ Back to a time when opportunity and dignity were reserved for some, not all, promising his supporters an economy he cannot recreate.
We, however, we want to write the next chapter in American greatness, with a 21st century prosperity that lifts everyone who’s been left out and left behind, including those who may not vote for us but who deserve their chance to make a new beginning.
When Donald Trump says a distinguished judge born in Indiana can’t do his job because of his Mexican heritage – or he mocks a reporter with disabilities – or calls women ‘pigs’– it goes against everything we stand for. Because we want an America where everyone is treated with respect and where their work is valued.
It’s clear that Donald Trump doesn’t believe we are stronger together. He has abused his primary opponents and their families, attacked the press for asking tough questions, denigrated Muslims and immigrants. He wants to win by stoking fear and rubbing salt in wounds. And reminding us daily just how great he is.
Well, we believe we should lift each other up, not tear each other down. We believe we need to give Americans a raise – not complain that hardworking people’s wages are too high. We believe we need to help young people struggling with student debt – not pile more on to our national debt with giveaways to the super-wealthy. We believe we need to make America the clean energy superpower of the 21st century – not insist that climate change is a hoax.
To be great, we can’t be small. We have to be as big as the values that define America. And we are a big-hearted, fair-minded country. We teach our children that this is one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. Not just for people who look a certain way or worship a certain way or love a certain way. For all. Indivisible.
This election is not, however, about the same old fights between Democrats and Republicans. This election is different. It really is about who we are as a nation. It’s about millions of Americans coming together to say: We are better than this. We won’t let this happen in America.
And if you agree – whether you’re a Democrat, Republican or independent – I hope you’ll join us.
In just a few weeks, we will meet in Philadelphia, which gave birth to our nation – back in that hot summer of 1776. Those early patriots knew they would all rise or fall together. Well, today that’s more true than ever.
Our campaign will take this message to every corner of our country. We’re stronger when our economy works for everyone, not just those at the top, with good-paying jobs and good schools in every ZIP code, and a real commitment to all families and all regions of our nation.
We’re stronger when we work with our allies around the world to keep us safe. And we are stronger when we respect each other, listen to each other, and act with a sense of common purpose.
We’re stronger when every family in every community knows they’re not on their own, because we are in this together. It really does ‘take a village’ to raise a child – and to build a stronger future for us all.
I learned this a long time ago, from the biggest influence in my life: my mother. She was my rock, from the day I was born till the day she left us. She overcame a childhood marked by abandonment and mistreatment, and somehow managed not to become bitter or broken. My mother believed that life is about serving others. And she taught me never to back down from a bully, which, it turns out, was pretty good advice.
This past Saturday would have been her 97th birthday, because she was born on June 4th, 1919. And some of you may know the significance of that date. On the very day my mother was born in Chicago, Congress was passing the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. That amendment finally gave women the right to vote. And I really wish my mother could be here tonight. I wish she could see what a wonderful mother Chelsea has become, and could meet our beautiful granddaughter Charlotte. And of course, I wish she could see her daughter become the Democratic Party’s nominee for president of the United States.
So yes, yes, there are still ceilings to break – for women and men, for all of us. But don’t let anyone tell you that great things can’t happen in America. Barriers can come down. Justice and equality can win. Our history has moved in that direction – slowly at times, but unmistakably – thanks to generations of Americans who refused to give up or back down.
Now you are writing a new chapter of that story. This campaign is about making sure there are no ceilings – no limits – on any of us. And this is our moment to come together.
So please, join our campaign. Volunteer. Go to hillaryclinton.com. Contribute what you can. Text Join, J-O-I-N, to 4-7-2-4-6. Help us organize in all 50 states. Every phone call you make, every door you knock on will move us forward.
Now, I’m going to take a moment later tonight and the days ahead to fully absorb the history we’ve made here. But what I care about most is the history our country has yet to write. Our children and grandchildren will look back at this time, at the choices we are about to make, the goals we will strive for, the principles we will live by. And we need to make sure that they can be proud of us.
The end of the primaries is only the beginning of the work we’re called to do. But if we stand together, we will rise together, because we are stronger together. Let’s go out and make that case to America.
Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America.”
Correct the Record
HILLARY CLINTON MAKES HISTORY
Clinton surpasses 2,383 delegate threshold, wins Democratic presidential primary contest and becomes first female nominee for president of a major political party
Hillary Clinton has successfully clinched the Democratic nomination, truly making history -- or herstory -- by shattering the glass ceiling she cracked eight years ago.
It’s official. Start spreading the news:
Chief Strategist Guy Cecil Statement On Hillary Clinton
Clinching The Democratic Nomination
“For the first time in our nation’s history a woman will finally be nominated for President of the United States by a major political party and five months from now, Hillary Clinton will be elected President. Congratulations to Secretary Clinton, her campaign, and all of her volunteers and supporters who worked so hard to achieve this victory.
Hillary Clinton has committed her life to others and that will be the focus of her presidency -- making sure every child has the chance to live up to his or her God-given potential, keeping us safe at home and around the world, and bringing people together around a common purpose.
The stakes couldn't be higher. Donald Trump is a divisive and dangerous con-man who should never be President of the United States. His temperament and lack of judgement would endanger America's security and his offensive and ignorant views concerning millions of Americans prove that he lacks the character necessary to be president. Donald Trump has spent his career and this campaign preying on those less fortunate than him to make millions and gain power. The country that we love can do better.
Tonight is a time to celebrate our victory, and then it's back to work.”
The White House
Statement by the Press Secretary
Tonight, President Obama called both Secretary Clinton and Senator Sanders. The President congratulated both candidates for running inspiring campaigns that have energized Democrats, brought a new generation of Americans into the political process, and shined a spotlight on important policy ideas aimed at making sure our economy and our politics work for everybody, not just those with wealth and power.
The President congratulated Secretary Clinton for securing the delegates necessary to clinch the Democratic Nomination for President. Her historic campaign inspired millions and is an extension of her lifelong fight for middle-class families and children.
The President thanked Senator Sanders for energizing millions of Americans with his commitment to issues like fighting economic inequality and special interests' influence on our politics.
In addition, at Senator Sanders' request, the President and Senator Sanders will meet at the White House on Thursday to continue their conversation about the significant issues at stake in this election that matter most to America's working families. The President looks forward to continuing the conversation with Senator Sanders about how to build on the extraordinary work he has done to engage millions of Democratic voters, and to build on that enthusiasm in the weeks and months ahead.
Democratic National Committee
DNC Chair Statement on Today’s Primaries and the General Election
WASHINGTON – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz issued the following statement on today’s primaries and how Democrats are building an unprecedented general election operation:
“As our primaries wind down, Democrats should be proud of the substantive campaigns our candidates have run. Their values and priorities have matched those of the American people and spoken to their aspirations and shared ideals. Even before voters went to the polls today, more than 24 million voters had turned out to support our Democratic candidates in primaries and caucuses. And in state after state, exit polls have shown that overwhelming majorities of Democrats are excited about our candidates.
“At the same time, a majority of Republicans lament their own divisive primary, and even the Republican Speaker of the House continues to struggle with having to support his own Party’s standard-bearer. Republicans have nominated a divisive and dangerous candidate in Donald Trump, and we are going to hold him and all of their candidates accountable.
“With only five months left until Election Day, we must now build on the momentum our candidates have generated by ensuring that we have a superior general election effort to reach an unprecedented number of voters across our great country. We cannot hold back nor cede any ground to Donald Trump, so we will continue to support our 50-state strategy while investing in coordinated campaigns in key battleground states.
“We’ve already begun recruiting, training, and
mobilizing top talent in everything from research
communications, social media, and voter targeting, and we have begun to
deploy them to help Democrats win up and down the ballot
in November. We’re proud of the investments we’ve already made in the
long-term operations of the Democratic Party, and we’re beginning this
next phase with a data and analytics advantage that our Party leveraged
to secure victories in the last two presidential
elections. We’re also matching that advantage with a field and outreach
edge worthy of our eventual nominee. We’re ahead, and we’re going to
keep it that way.
“Our team in Philadelphia is kicking off an inclusive and engaging platform process and preparing for an exciting convention. We’re going to make sure that by the time we nominate the next President of the United States, we have the staff, volunteers, and resources up and running to lead us to victory in November. We’ve come too far over the last 7 years, and we’re not going back.”
Republican National Committee
RNC Statement On Republican And Democrat Primaries
"Hillary Clinton's long struggle to the finish line is nearly complete thanks to the Democrat Party’s rigged system that empowers unelected, unbound superdelegates. In a contest that was supposed to be a mere formality, Clinton suffered over twenty losses and was driven further to the extreme left by a 74-year old Vermont socialist who had never before run as a Democrat.
“Tonight, Donald Trump officially secured the requisite number of pledged delegates to be the Party’s presumptive nominee and built on his historic number of votes in the GOP Primary. Donald Trump sets up a clear contrast between Clinton who was anointed by Democrat insiders, and a successful businessman who offers a new path to get our country back on track.
“Clinton will now attempt to pivot to the general election under the shadow of a looming FBI investigation into her reckless conduct at the State Department while facing an electorate that overwhelmingly finds her unlikeable and untrustworthy. Too much is on the line in this election to hand the White House over to someone as untrustworthy and hypocritical as Hillary Clinton, who is committed to the same failed Obama agenda which has made our nation less prosperous, less safe, and less free.”
"It's a shame that the first female nominee of a major party will also be the first standard-bearer to be under FBI investigation," said RNC Co-Chair Sharon Day. "Hillary Clinton has been a disaster for women. Her actions speak louder than her words, whether it be paying women less than men or her scandal-plagued foundation taking millions of dollars from countries with dismal human rights records. We can and must do better than Hillary Clinton.”
June 8, 2016
As promised last night, here's a statement from Democracy for America's Jim Dean responding to the results in yesterday's primary results and the race for the White House:
“While we certainly would have preferred a different result in California, Bernie Sanders’s victories in Montana and North Dakota, along with his strong showings in New Mexico and South Dakota demonstrate that the political revolution will continue its fight for a Democratic Party that will fearlessly confront the powerful and advance big, bold populist progressive ideas.
“Even more exciting, while Bernie Sanders did not carry California in the presidential race, seven of the nine DFA-endorsed candidates in competitive primaries, who are deeply committed to the political revolution’s populist progressive values, won and are primed to win profoundly important victories in November.
“From California’s next U.S. Senator, Kamala Harris, to Stockton’s next mayor, Michael Tubbs, and a host of other victories, the political revolution is just getting started in the Golden State and making crucial steps toward the reflective democracy our country needs.
“As for the presidential race, DFA believes, as we have since 2007, that the winner of the majority of pledged delegates should be the Democratic nominee.
“We also believe a grassroots, populist progressive movement that’s earned millions of votes for Bernie Sanders, brought millions of new voters into the political process, and is comprised of many of the future leaders and foot soldiers of a more progressive Democratic Party, shouldn’t have its timetable determined by Washington pundits and professional worrywarts.
“Bernie Sanders and the grassroots, political revolutionaries behind him have more than earned the time and the space, just as Secretary Clinton and her supporters did eight years ago, to determine the best steps we can take together to help unite our party against Donald Trump in the days and weeks ahead.” -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America
Two additional nuggets of information about DFA and its support for Bernie Sanders's race for the White House:
- Since endorsing Sanders in December 2015, DFA members have contributed more than $1.86 million to Bernie's presidential campaign -- the most DFA has ever raised for a single candidate in its 12-year history.
- Democracy for America has 231,783 members in California and more than 1 million members nationwide.