Hillary Clinton makes history


Philadelphia—Hillary Clinton became the first woman in history to win the White House nomination of a major US political party Tuesday, securing the backing of Democrats at a convention in Philadelphia.
The former first lady, senator and secretary of state took a monumental step on her quest to become America’s first female president, by besting party challenger Bernie Sanders.
After a tumultuous convention opening which saw Sanders and Clinton supporters trade jeers and chants, cheers erupted as Clinton passed the 2,382-delegate threshold needed for the nomination, setting up a showdown with Republican Donald Trump in November.
“History,” said a post on her Twitter account.
Although the outcome was virtually a foregone conclusion, the state-by-state vote saw rowdy displays on the convention floor. A handful of diehard Sanders delegates expressed frustration with their candidate’s defeat, but they were drowned out by ecstatic Clinton supporters.
After his delegates had been counted, Sanders took the floor and, in a bid to unify the party, called for a vote by acclamation.
“I move that Hillary Clinton be selected as the nominee of the Democratic Party for president of the United States,” he said to deafening cheers and finally a chorus of “ayes.” Delegates thrust placards in the air, forming a mosaic of “H’s” that coated the stadium floor.
“It’s historic, I haven’t taken it all in yet,” an emotional Senator Tammy Baldwin told AFP.
Clinton’s nomination was formally put forward by Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, the longest serving woman in the history of the US Congress. Civil rights icon John Lewis, a congressman from Georgia, seconded the nomination. The Clinton camp is now looking to unite the party’s factions.
Monday saw disruptive protests and a rancorous fight over leaked emails that showed party bias against Sanders. Frustration boiled over as his delegates jeered speakers who mentioned Clinton. Vice President Joe Biden, who will address the convention Wednesday along with President Barack Obama, dismissed concerns the party was not uniting behind Clinton.
“We’ve got to show a little class and let them be frustrated for a while. It’s OK,” he said of Sanders supporters as he toured the convention arena Tuesday. Sanders meanwhile called on his supporters to get behind Clinton.
“In my view, it’s easy, it’s easy to boo, but it is harder to look your kids in the face who would be living under a Donald Trump presidency,” he said.—AFP

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