By Hannah Wise
The Dallas Morning News
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) After Hillary Clinton clinched the democratic nomination Tuesday night she began her rally with a new campaign video titled “History Made,” featuring key moments from women’s U.S. history. It started with the “Declaration of Sentiments” in 1848 and ended with Clinton’s campaign.
The Dallas Morning News
Hillary Clinton declared victory Tuesday night in her battle for the Democratic presidential nomination, becoming the first woman to lead a major American political party.
“Tonight’s victory is not about one person,” Clinton said. “It belongs to generations of women and men who struggled and sacrificed and made this moment possible.”
Clinton took the stage at an emotional rally in Brooklyn, eight years to the day after she ended her first failed White House run. Even before Tuesday’s primaries, she had secured the delegates needed for the nomination, according to an Associated Press tally, but she added to her totals with victories in New Jersey and several other states.
Her rally began with a new campaign video titled “History Made,” featuring key moments from women’s U.S. history. It started with the “Declaration of Sentiments” in 1848 and ended with Clinton’s campaign.
Notable for Texans, the Clinton campaign included both former Gov. Ann Richard’s famous quote from the 1988 Democratic National Convention:
“After all, Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels.”
As well as footage from Wendy Davis’ filibuster on the floor of the Texas Senate in 2013.
People on Twitter were quick to note the historic nature of Clinton’s nomination in the most 2016 ways possible — emojis, GIFs and memes.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Clinton’s only remaining rival, has insisted he still has a narrow path to the nomination. But, Clinton made a direct appeal to his supporters, recalling the raw emotions of her own supporters when she lost to Barack Obama in the 2008 Democratic primary.
“It never feels good to put our heart into a cause or a candidate you believe in and come up short,” she said. “I know that feeling well. But as we look ahead to the battle that awaits, let’s remember all that unites us.”
The Democratic race was ending amid new turmoil among the Republicans. GOP leaders recoiled at Trump’s comments about a Hispanic judge, with one senator even pulling his endorsement.
Trump capped his difficult day with victories in New Jersey, New Mexico, South Dakota and Montana. He was muted at his victory rally, saying he understands “the responsibility” of leading the Republican Party. He also made a direct appeal to dejected Sanders supporters and other Democrats.
“This election isn’t about Republican or Democrat, it’s about who runs this country: the special interests or the people,” he said. Trump vowed to deliver a major speech next week on Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton.
Clinton spent much of her own victory speech targeting Trump, previewing a tough general election campaign.
“He wants to win by stoking fear and rubbing salt in wounds — and reminding us daily just how great he is,” Clinton said, her voice dripping with sarcasm.
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Clinton will soon have help on the campaign trail from Obama. Her former foe is to endorse her as early as this week, a move meant to signal to Sanders and his supporters that it’s time to unify behind her.
Obama and Sanders spoke by phone Sunday. While the content of the call is unknown, Sanders’ campaign has appeared to slightly soften its rhetoric since the call.
Dianne Feinstein of California said Sanders and Clinton should “march on to a general election together,” and any Sanders plan to keep fighting until the Democratic National Convention “is going to make that much more difficult.”
Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said that for Sanders “I think the math is unforgiving.”
Sanders’ achievements have been remarkable for a candidate who was unknown to most Americans before the campaign. He has drawn massive crowds to rallies around the country and built a fundraising juggernaut based largely on small donations online. The Vermont senator has been particularly popular with young voters, an important piece of the Democratic coalition.
Still, Clinton’s victory has been broadly decisive. She leads Sanders by more than 3 million cast votes.
After her win in New Jersey, Clinton had 2,441 delegates to Sanders’ 1,616. That count includes both pledged delegates and superdelegates.