Hillary Clinton Knows She’s The Democratic Presumptive Nominee & She’s Not Shying Away From It Anymore
On Tuesday, Hillary Clinton was widely expected to give a celebratory victory speech after winning the New Jersey primary and, pretty much, the Democratic nomination. Clinton celebrated the Democratic nomination first on Instagram, and she wasn't shy about how historic of a moment the night was for her — and for women across the country. She'll have to wait until her party's convention later this summer to officially accept the nomination, but Tuesday's Instagram post was perhaps the most "Hillary" way to declare victory ever.
Clinton is able to claim victory because of the superdelegates that have bolstered her overall delegate count. It's a tally that Clinton's opponent, Bernie Sanders, would rather not use, yet it's one that finally paints what many Americans have seen as the inevitable outcome: With a large number of superdelegates in her court, Clinton has become the first female presidential nominee of a major political party in the U.S.
As the nominee, Clinton will take on the GOP's Donald Trump, who has often been criticized for his comments about women. Clinton will likely hit Trump hard on his record with women, especially given Clinton's own record with supporting women's rights. (It's understandably impressive.) Being on message with women isn't new for Clinton, but it's something she continued on Tuesday with her celebratory Instagram post and fitting caption.
Around the same time that the Instagram post went up, Clinton's campaign changed its Twitter profile photo to an iconic headshot with the words "History made" emblazoned upon it. The campaign also tweeted that it would give a free "History made" commemorative magnet to the first 10,000 people to sign up.
When Clinton addressed a large and lively crowd in Brooklyn, New York, on Tuesday night, the female empowerment message took the stage with her. Her event began with an inspirational video showing important moments throughout women's history, including activists from the women's suffrage movement and the civil rights movement. When the candidate herself finally took the stage, the celebration only grew bigger.
"It may be hard to see tonight, but we are all standing under a glass ceiling right now," Clinton quipped. "But don't worry, we're not smashing this one." That's obviously because Clinton had already shattered her glass ceiling. "Thanks to you, we've reached a milestone," she continued.
Clinton went on to talk about Sanders, Donald Trump, and her vision for the country. She even slipped in an attack on Trump's comments about women. Despite the attacks, Clinton's most memorable message of the night was one of inspiration, as she told — and showed — women everywhere that there's no job out of reach.