Hillary Clinton clinched the Democratic nomination on Tuesday night, saying she had won a majority of pledged delegates to the Democratic convention. She spoke to a cheering crowd of ecstatic supporters in a warehouse in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, some of them newly arrived from California on a delayed red-eye flight.
In her remarks Clinton highlighted the many women in her life who inspired and supported her, noticeably omitting mentions of some key men in her life: her husband and former President Bill Clinton; and current president and supporter, Barack Obama.
Instead Clinton talked about her mother:
“My mother believed that life is about serving others,” said Clinton, noting that Dorothy Rodham’s birthday fell on the day Congress passed the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote. “She taught me never to back down from a bully.”
She was referring to the presumptive Republican candidate Donald Trump whom she described as a “bully” who is “unfit to be president,” criticizing Trump for “calling women pigs.”
“I really wish my mother could be here tonight, to see what a wonderful mother Chelsea has become,” Clinton said. “I wish she could see her daughter become the Democratic Party’s nominee.”
Clinton won the primary in almost all the states having them this past Tuesday: New Jersey, South Dakota, New Mexico and the critical state of California. Her opponent, Bernie Sanders, won the primaries held in North Dakota and Montana.