Regardless of whether or not she will defeat Trump in November and secure her desk in the Oval Office, Hillary Clinton has already made history by becoming the first woman to ever lead a major party’s presidential ticket. She accepted her nomination for the position last night, touching on several key issues that have worried voters throughout her primary fight against Bernie Sanders and lambasting her Republican opponent.
The underlying message in Clinton’s speech was “togetherness,” juxtaposing her vision of a united America with Trump’s promises to fix the country on his own. She explained that "powerful forces are threatening to pull us apart. Bonds of trust and respect are fraying. It truly is up to us. We have to decide whether we all will work together so we all can rise together." In calling out Donald Trump, Clinton furthered that the American people must not “believe anyone who says: 'I alone can fix it.’”
Clinton made a strong appeal to Bernie Sanders supporters, who have felt as though the Democratic National Committee wronged them by not providing a fair shot for their candidate to win the primary race. "I've heard you. Your cause is our cause," she told them. Bernie Sanders was palpably disinterested in any appeal Hillary had to offer, however, as camera shots of the Vermont senator showed him slumped in his seat with a stern face throughout the entirety of the speech.
She also touched upon national security threats and the Islamic State, an issue that has been relatively absent throughout the Party’s convention. "Anyone reading the news can see the threats and turbulence we face," said Clinton. "From Baghdad to Kabul, to Nice to Paris and Brussels. From San Bernardino to Orlando, we're dealing with determined enemies who must be defeated. No wonder people are anxious and looking for reassurance - looking for steady leadership." This promise to combat terror will certainly appeal to some moderate Republican voters who prefer Hillary’s cautious hawkishness to Trump’s erratic plans. Hillary went on to say that she will not be making any attempts to repeal the Second Amendment, adding that "I'm not here to take away your guns. I just don't want you to be shot by someone who shouldn't have a gun in the first place." This should also have a similar effect among undecided Republican voters.
A full transcript with annotations from the LA Times can be found here.
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