NEW YORK, United States, Jun 8 – Hillary Clinton declared a historic victory for women Tuesday as she grasped the Democratic party nomination and the chance to become America’s first female president.
“Thanks to you, we’ve reached a milestone,” an ecstatic Clinton told roaring supporters in New York, “the first time in our nation’s history that a woman will be a major party’s nominee.”
The former first lady took a monumental step back toward the White House by winning New Jersey, one of six states voting in the last major date of the 2016 primary calendar.
The triumph came almost eight years to the day since Clinton’s first bid for the Oval Office bid was spectacularly thwarted by a charismatic young senator called Barack Obama.
Two terms later, the 68-year-old declared another glass ceiling broken and set up a monumental showdown in November with millionaire Donald Trump, the bombastic Republican flagbearer.
“We believe that we are stronger together and the stakes in this election are high, and the choice is clear,” she said – before launching into a frontal attack on her Republican rival.
“Donald Trump is temperamentally unfit to be president and commander in chief,” she said, using rhetoric that would have unthinkable before this tempestuous election season.