A jubilant Hillary Clinton was all smiles as she took the stage following her New Jersey primary victory and declared, “We’re 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.”
At her Brooklyn, New York, headquarters on Tuesday, Clinton delivered her victory speech, which opened with a video featuring prominent women’s rights moments from throughout history.
“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,” Clinton said.
Clinton stepped up to the podium shortly after presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump finished addressing his supporters, and took the opportunity to razz her rival by calling him “temperamentally unfit” to be president.
“When he says, ‘Lets make American great again,’ that’s code for ‘lets take America backwards,” Clinton said. “Back to a time when opportunity and dignity were reserved for some, not all.”
— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) June 8, 2016
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 8, 2016
“I wish she could have seen her daughter become the Democratic party’s nominee for president of the United States,” Clinton said when discussing her late mother.
Clinton, whose first failed attempt at the Democratic nomination ended eight years to the day, has now presumably become the first woman ever to win the presidential nomination of a major political party in American history.
The Clinton campaign released a slickly produced victory video that features women’s rights highlights from throughout history. It was released on YouTube prior to the close of polls in New Jersey and portions of it were used as the introduction to tonight’s speech.
The former senator and secretary of state won the primaries in California (with its 475 pledged delegates) as well as New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota. Meanwhile, rival Bernie Sanders scored a victory in Montana and the caucuses in North Dakota.
Clinton entered Tuesday’s voting contests with 1,812 pledged delegates in primaries and caucuses, according to AP’s count. She also has the support of 571 superdelegates. The AP surveyed all 714 superdelegates repeatedly in the past seven months, with only 95 superdelegates remaining publicly uncommitted.
Though superdelegates will not formally cast their votes until the party’s July convention in Philadelphia, those tallied have told the AP they will “unequivocally” support Clinton.
It takes 2,383 total delegates to win the nomination.
Meanwhile, check out Wednesday’s New York Post cover.
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— Teddy Davis (@TeddyDavisCNN) June 8, 2016