Hillary Clinton just made history in Philadelphia. The former secretary of State and New York Senator has won enough delegates to become the official 2016 presidential nominee of the Democratic Party. The results of the 2016 DNC roll call have transformed Hillary Clinton from presumptive nominee to the first female presidential nominee of a major political party. While the roll call continues, Hillary has already reached the magic number of 2,383 delegates required to secure the Democratic nomination.
As CNN reports, Hillary Clinton has made history on July 26, 2016, by becoming the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee. Now, all she has to do to win the 2016 U.S. presidential election is to beat rival Donald Trump in the November general election.
The news that Hillary Clinton has achieved the required number of official delegate votes required to secure the Democratic presidential nomination comes amid days of not-so-good news for the former secretary of State. Over the weekend, the Democratic National Committee was rocked to its core when Wikileaks dumped thousands of hacked private emails onto the internet. The emails, presumably hacked as a result of a Russian cyber attack, clearly illustrate the lengths the DNC went to in order to ensure that Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders wouldn’t become the party’s presidential nominee.
Needless to say, die-hard Bernie Sanders supporters reacted to the release of the once-private emails with anger and vehemence, claiming that they would never give their vote to Hillary Clinton in the general election. Sanders has tried to do damage control at the Democratic National Convention, which kicked off in Philadelphia on Monday, but so far he has very few takers who are willing to take him up on his calls for party unity.
According to Sanders, circling the wagons around Hillary Clinton is much more important at this point than political infighting among Democrats. Bernie says that the biggest political priority for Dems right now should be keeping Donald Trump out of the White House.
For their part, the Democratic National Committee did issue a public apology to Bernie and his followers in the wake of the DNC email scandal. However, the apology (and even the resignation of DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz) weren’t enough to placate disgruntled Sanders followers and convince them to throw their support behind now-confirmed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
The divide in the Democratic Party is incredibly deep and potentially insurmountable, but despite the discord, the DNC is standing behind its delegates’ overwhelming decision to nominate Hillary Clinton for POTUS, reports the New York Times.
Early in the afternoon on Tuesday, there were rumors that Bernie would take the stage to formally nominate Hillary Clinton as the Democratic Party’s official presidential nominee in an effort to attempt to repair the broken Democratic Party and pave the way toward a unified party that will put Hillary Clinton in the White House in November while leaving Trump defeated by the wayside.
While it’s still possible that Senator Sanders will take the DNC stage again on Hillary Clinton’s behalf, during the DNC roll call vote, he opted to take the microphone following the Vermont delegation’s vote. In his short address, Sanders implored the DNC to select Hillary Clinton as the party’s 2016 presidential nominee.
“I move that all votes, all votes cast by delegates be reflected in the official record and I move that Hillary Clinton be selected as the nominee of the Democratic Party for president of the United States.”
Ultimately, Senator Sanders got his wish, even though many of his supporters staged a walkout at the DNC in protest of the Clinton nomination. Hillary Clinton made history in Philadelphia tonight. Despite a hotly contested Democratic primary and despite the anger of Bernie Sanders’ supporters, Hillary Clinton has become the first female presidential nominee for a major political party in the United States.
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