Clinton Celebrates Nomination

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Clinton’s supporters were well aware of the historic moment. Photo © Elizabeth Lucy
Hillary Clinton made history on Tuesday night, declaring herself the nominee of the Democratic Party – the first time in history that a woman became the presumptive nominee of one of the major parties.

Eight years ago to the day after Clinton gave her concession speech to Barack Obama – where she famously said that the “glass ceiling” of sexism had “about 18 million cracks in it” – it was her moment to shine.

In an anti-climatic moment, the Associated Press had already called the race for Clinton on Monday (thanks to super delegates), but by Tuesday night she had also won the majority of pledged delegates.

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Photo © Elizabeth Lucy
Clinton spoke at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the same spot where she debated Bernie Sanders in April.

In her victory speech, the former first lady made many references to the historical nature of her nomination. (Watch the full speech here.)

“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.”

The celebratory Clinton also – once again – embraced the supporters of Sen. Sanders, asking them to “remember all that unites us” in the upcoming battle with Donald Trump.

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Shirley Liu and Elizabeth Lucy were excited to hear Clinton speak. Photo © Elizabeth Lucy
Clinton celebrated together with many of her supporters and volunteers in her home state of New York.

“There was no way I was going to miss this moment in history,” said Elizabeth Lucy, a Brooklyn volunteer. “This is probably the most historical event I’ll ever experience in my lifetime. I can’t wait to tell the grandkids!”

With Bernie Sanders still in the race, Hillary Clinton won’t be the official nominee until the Democratic convention in Philadelphia at the end of July.

AP: Hillary Clinton Presumptive Nominee

Late Monday night – on a day when no state voted – the Associated Press called the Democratic race. According to their calculations Hillary Clinton reached the necessary 2,383 delegated and is now the presumptive Democratic nominee.

Monday morning, Clinton was still missing 23 delegates, but the AP spent the day calling super delegates and upped her total delegate count.

Hillary Clinton is the first women to ever win the nomination of a major political party.

While the AP called the race, Clinton’s team was fast to point to the six remaining races today – don’t want voters to stay home only because they think it’s over, after all.

[Associated Press]

Events: Primary Night Party with Hillary

Hillary Clinton is expected to clinch the nomination on Tuesday and her team already set up the party in New York.

The event – officially advertised as a watch party for the New Jersey and California results – is held at the massive Navy Yard Greenhouse and Hillary Clinton herself will speak.

Admission is first-come, first-serve, but expect airport-style security.

Primary Night Party with Hillary
Tuesday, June 7th, 7:30 pm

Duggal Greenhouse at the Brooklyn Navy Yard
63 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn 11201

Ryan Endorsed Trump

So it finally happened.

After weeks and weeks of publicly standing up against Donald Trump, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan – the highest ranking Republican in the country – finally caved and endorsed the presumptive nominee.

Ryan wrote an op-ed in his hometown paper saying that Trump can make the Republican agenda come true.

“It’s no secret that he and I have our differences. I won’t pretend otherwise. And when I feel the need to, I’ll continue to speak my mind. But the reality is, on the issues that make up our agenda, we have more common ground than disagreement.”

What Would Happen If…

Lately, supporters of Bernie Sanders have been complaining about how rigged the Democratic Primary system is. Bernie fares much better in states with caucuses and open primaries, so therefore he would win if the system was changed. Or would he?

A Harvard Business School professor shared this graphic to bring an end to the debate. Look for yourself.