Making a bold play for the political centre ground in an election year that has seen the hard right and the hard left become louder and more shrill, Clinton vowed to “be a president for Democrats, Republicans, and Independents”.
On Thursday evening, Hillary Rodham Clinton made history by stepping onto the stage at the Democratic National Convention to accept her nomination as the Democratic nominee for president. “I get it that some people just don’t know what to make of me”.
As the topic turned to tackling Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), the former U.S. president seemed to nod off – perhaps already dreaming of a return to the White House. She picked up the attack theme that has been at the heart of speeches this week from the likes of heavyweights VP Joe Biden and President Barack Obama.
Clinton thanked her daughter and everyone in attendance for the convention.
Donald Trump fired back at Hillary Clinton a day after she accused the Republican nominee of being too thin-skinned to have control of the country’s nuclear arsenal, saying she “doesn’t know how to win”. “I thought she’d give me a big, fat, attractive congratulations”, he said.
Ahead of the Clinton speeches, the conference saw a series of speeches from ordinary supporters, with Democrats – many of whom supported rival candidate Bernie Sanders – urged to set aside differences. “So let’s keep going, until every one of the 161 million women and girls across America has the opportunity she deserves”. Donald Trump’s not offering real change.
Clinton also trained fire on Trump’s dystopian view of America.
“Our founders embraced the enduring truth that we are stronger together”. After Trump’s speech, 57% of people reacted very positively. “But we are not afraid”, Clinton said. Clinton said she’s not here to take away guns. “I am getting hit and they don’t mean it and there’s a lot of lies being told”, he said.
“Do you really think Donald Trump has the temperament to be commander in chief?” she continued.
Mrs Clinton’s acceptance speech outlined her vision for a country that is “stronger together” – a contrast to her view of Donald Trump and his policies to ban Muslim migration and build a wall between the United States and Mexico.