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.

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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

Events: Bernie NY Volunteer Call

While many New Yorkers try to ignore our neighbor across the river, Bernie Sanders is hoping you will overcome your New Jersey-aversity and help out in their upcoming primary.

The campaign is holding a statewide organizing call for New York volunteers today (Tuesday) at 7pm. You can sign up for the call here.

Millennial Values Clinton’s Experience

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Lucy, 22, poses with a silver H-baloon at a “Millennials for Hillary Bar Night” that she organized.

Name: Elizabeth Lucy
Borough: Brooklyn
I will vote: Hillary Clinton

“I am completely energized by the fact that she is the first person in history ever that will already know how the White House functions.”

“Day 1, she will get in there, and know who to talk to, who to call, where the toilet paper is, little things that will honestly save so much time and get us going places so much quicker. There won’t be this transitional phase, like any other presidency.”

“It’s really exciting. And also, not just because she is a woman, but I think it is – she will be the first woman to be the president of the United States and I think that will show the rest of the world a lot of progressive things about America. And also just a new perspective, honestly, it’s exciting to me.”

“And beyond that, I have always been a huge fan. I think she is an incredible woman and I really respect her and admire her.”

Young Hillary Supporter Hopes Party Will Unite

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Jonathon Boyd, 21, a NYU junior, poses with Debra Messing, a celebrity he met at a Clinton fundraiser. Boyd gave $250 to be able to attend the event.

Name: Jonathon Boyd
Borough: Manhattan
I will vote: Hillary Clinton

“I support Hillary Clinton because I believe she has the most impeccable record of any candidate running.  She took an incredibly active role as First Lady, more so than what was typically expected at the time, which gave her exposure to policy and foreign affairs, and a strong presence in society.”

“Her record as Senator and Secretary of State shows us that she’s willing to work across party lines to achieve what’s best for her entire constituency, while actively standing up for human rights, safety, and well-being. These are things she’s been fighting for since long before her life in the political sphere, which is why I believe she will continue to do so as president.”

“We need a leader whose vision is realistic and feasible, and I believe Secretary Clinton has the knowledge and experience to come through on the promises she’s made to the United States and to the world.”

“I try to encourage the dialogue among my family, friends, and peers as much as possible. Some people have a negative view of the Clintons, and I’ve found that through conversation, I can sometimes show a different perspective and possibly change a mind.”

“When it comes down to it, I think the most important thing is defeating the Republicans (particularly Donald Trump) in this consequential election. So quite often, my goal is to unite the Democratic side and ease the tensions of this HIllary vs. Bernie battle in hopes that whoever the nominee ends up being will have support from the Democratic Party.”

Columbia PHD-Student Would Love 11th Hour Upset

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Name: Rebecca Pawel
Borough: Manhattan
I will vote: Bernie Sanders

“I support Sanders for a variety of reasons, but mostly because I agree with his policy ideas.”

“I think a single-payer healthcare system is the only way healthcare costs in this country will eventually be reined in. Equally importantly, I approve of Sanders’ foreign policy positions. I also approve of Sanders’ positions on Israel and Palestine, something which is important to me as an American Jew who is interested in peace and justice.”

“I never thought Sanders would win, although for a few brief weeks it looked as if he might pull off an upset.  I know people in California who are hoping to vote for him, so I hope he stays in for all the primaries so they get the chance.  I’d love it if he pulled off a stunning 11th hour upset, though I think it’s vanishingly unlikely.  But I also think that Clinton is such a weak candidate that there’s really nothing he can do that can hurt her more than she’s already hurt herself.”

“I think the Democratic party needs to stand for something other than ‘we’re less bad than the Republicans.’  I’ve spent a considerable amount of time in Europe  where Sanders’ positions are strictly middle-of-the-road.  I’d like it if they were middle-of-the road here as well.”

“While I initially assumed that of course I would support Sanders as long as possible but would settle for Clinton reasonably happily in the general, the more I find out about her the more disturbed I am by her positions.”

Can You Convert a Trump Voter?

There is one thing that has surprised me again and again during my election reporting: When you ask Donald Trump supporters if there is any candidate other than Trump that they could support, most of them say yes. Bernie Sanders.

It seems that being outspoken and against the establishment counts more than partisan politics. At least on the Republican side of the spectrum.

My classmate Diego Lynch interviewed Bernie supporters last week, and didn’t find much enthusiasm for converting Trump fans.

Video Recap of Hillary’s Victory Night

Two days ago, I blogged about going to Hillary Clinton’s primary party in the Sheraton New York hotel. Here now is a video story I produced for NYU Now that  aired tonight.

Gets the enthusiasm of the night across a little better than just the photos 😉

With Karis Rogerson

Last Minute Voting Advice

If you need some last minute inspiration who to vote for in the Democratic primary, maybe some famous New Yorkers can sway you. The New York Times asked 10 of them who they are voting for. The list  includes Lena Dunham and Spike Lee, so check it out.  

[New York Times]