After clinching a majority of pledged delegates in the Democratic presidential primary, Hillary Clinton celebrated her victory Tuesday in a historic speech.
A former U.S. secretary of state, Clinton will be the first woman presidential candidate of a major U.S. political party.
“Thanks to you, we’ve reached a milestone: the first time in our nation’s history that a woman will be a major party’s nominee,” she said to supporters at the Duggal Greenhouse at Brooklyn Navy Yard.
“Tonight’s victory is not about one person. It belongs to generations of women and men who struggled and sacrificed and made this moment possible.”
Before Clinton addressed supporters at the rally, a video was shown that highlighted women who pioneered the women’s rights movement.
Clinton also took the opportunity to throw a jab at her rival, presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, calling him “temperamentally unfit” to be president.
“When he says, ‘Lets make American great again,’ that’s code for ‘lets take America backwards,” Clinton said. “Back to a time when opportunity and dignity were reserved for some, not all.”
On Monday night, the Associated Press said that Clinton had secured the support of enough superdelegates to clinch the Democratic presidential nomination when the party convenes at its July convention in Philadelphia.
However, Clinton’s campaign held off on celebrating in an effort to encourage all Democratic voters to get to the polls on Tuesday.
“This is an important milestone, but there are six states that are voting Tuesday, with millions of people heading to the polls, and Hillary Clinton is working to earn every vote,” campaign manager Robby Mook told CNN. “We look forward to Tuesday night, when Hillary Clinton will clinch not only a win in the popular vote, but also the majority of pledged delegates.”