Hillary Clinton became the first woman to accept a major party’s presidential nomination on Thursday night.
When there are no ceilings, the sky’s the limit,” she said.
Clinton, 68, quickly reached out to Bernie Sanders’ supporters telling them, “I’ve heard you. Your cause is our cause.”
She also rejected the “divisive” policy ideas of the Republican nominee, Donald J. Trump.
“He’s taken the Republican Party a long way, from ‘Morning in America’ to ‘Midnight in America.’ He wants us to fear the future and fear each other,” she said.
She spoke optimistically about America in an effort to contrast the more grim portrayal Trump casted in his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention.
“We are cleareyed about what our country is up against, but we are not afraid,” Clinton said. “We will rise to the challenge, just as we always have.
She adamantly said the nation is facing a “moment of reckoning” as forces try to tear it apart.
“Powerful forces are threatening to pull us apart,” she said. “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.”
Clinton acknowledged that many people did not know what to make of her.
“The truth is, through all these years of public service, the ‘service’ part has always come easier to me than the ‘public’ part,” Clinton said.
She took several shots at Trump throughout the speech, saying “so enough with the bigotry and bombast.”
“But here’s the sad truth: There is no other Donald Trump,” Clinton told the crowd. “This is it. And in the end, it comes down to what Donald Trump doesn’t get: that America is great – because America is good.”