Hillary Clinton becomes 1st woman to secure Democratic Party nomination for US president

July 27, 2016 1:38 am

Hillary Clinton is seen on a
large display during Day 1 of the Democratic National Convention at the
Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 25, 2016. (AFP)

Former senator, first lady and secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, has managed to secure the nomination of the Democratic Party.
Clinton
garnered enough delegates for nomination at the convention in
Philadelphia on Wednesday, while the moment was being celebrated as a
“historic” one for women by her campaign.
“The
idea that I’m going to be here when the first woman president is
nominated is overwhelming,” said  Martha McKenna, a Clinton delegate
from Maryland.
“Tonight we will
make history, about 100 years in the making,” Karen Finney, a senior
adviser for Clinton’s campaign, said earlier. “What we’re really going
to focus on tonight is telling that story, and telling her story,
talking about the fights of her life.”
During
the Day 2 of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) Hillary’s
husband, Bill Clinton, and her rival, Bernie Sanders were also present
at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
“I
move that Hillary Clinton be selected as the nominee of the Democratic
Party for president of ,” Sanders declared, asking that
it be by acclamation, according to the Associated Press.
The
nomination was announced after the party was gripped with discord due
to opposition by the so-called “Sanders or Busters,” raising fear among
Democrats over party unity.
The second day of the convention, however, saw fewer disruptions.

 • Today’s theme is A Lifetime of Fighting for Children and Families.
• Speakers are expected to focus on nominee Hillary Clinton’s biography.
• The key speaker this afternoon is former President Bill Clinton.
• Also appearing are Mothers of the Movement, parents of young black victims of violence.
• There will be a performance by Alicia Keys and appearances from Meryl Streep and Lena Dunham.

11:10am: Not everyone is happy.

1.20pm: Bernie Sanders delegates and
supporters have ended their sit-in inside a media tent at the convention
site, while protests outside have calmed down, too. Police detained
Sanders supporters who climbed the 2.5m fences at the edge of the secure
zone. Groups of protesters, with a banner that read “RIP DNC,” have
begun marching back up Broad Street toward Philadelphia’s City Hall,
where a number of marches originated earlier in the day.
1.15pm:
There is constant reinforcement in the stories about what the speakers
say is Clinton’s toughness, loyalty, going the extra mile and
follow-through. For example Lauren Manning, injured in the 9/11 attacks,
says: “When I needed her she was there”.
1.10pm: Senator Barbara Boxer of California said of Clinton: “They’ve thrown everything at her, and she’s still standing.”
1pm:
Lena Denham’s entrance is hard to beat, saying that Donald Trump would
probably consider her body to be a two. Together with America Ferrera
she said: “Let’s declare: Love trumps hate”. Ferrera said: that
according to Donald Trump, “I’m probably a rapist”. She added: “Donald
is not making America great again. He’s making America hate again.” 

12.25pm: A video is shown of
Mothers of the Movement, mothers of young black children who died in
violence. These women have campaigned for Hillary Clinton across the
country in recent months, advocating for criminal justice reforms and
gun control. Those on stage were the mothers of Eric Garner, Trayvon
Martin, Michael Brown, Jordan Davis, Dontre Hamilton, Sandra Bland and
Hadiya Pendleton. Geneva Reed-Veal, the mother of Sandra Bland, who was
found hanged in a Texas jail cell last year after her arrest during a
traffic stop, says the loss of children is a “loss that diminishes”
everyone. Reed-Veal said: “I am here with Hillary Clinton tonight
because she is a leader and a mother who will say our children’s names”.
Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, says “this isn’t about
being politically correct, it’s about saving our children”. She said the
presidential nominee “is a mother who can assure our movement will
succeed”.
12.56pm: President Barack Obama’s former strategist David Axelrod:

12.15pm:
President Barack Obama says experts have attributed the Democratic
National Committee hack to the Russians, and he says the FBI continues
to investigate. Obama says this incident aside, the Russians “hack our
systems”. He says they hack both government systems and private systems.
Obama told NBC that he can’t say what the motives were in leaking
thousands of DNC emails. But he says Republican Donald Trump has
repeatedly expressed admiration for Russian President Vladimir Putin. He
says Trump has been covered favourably by the Russian media. Asked
whether Russia could have leaked the emails to help Trump, Obama said,
“Anything’s possible.”
12.21pm Washington Post reporter Philip Rucker’s take on the two conventions:

12.10pm:
Former Attorney-General Eric Holder says there should be “no tension”
between protecting and properly equipping the police and the police
treating the people they serve with “dignity, respect and fairness”.
12.00pm: Pupils from a Bronx school recite the Invictus poem by English poet William Ernest Henley which inspired Nelson Mandela.
11.53am:
The acting Democratic National Committee Chair Donna Brazile said she
had never seen a leader as committed to helping people as Hillary
Clinton. Brazile roused the convention by saying “kids, you’ve got a
champion!” in Clinton. She spoke about the “steel in her spine” saying
southern girls we don’t mess around”. She said: “I sat at the back
of the bus at a time when America wasn’t yet as great as it could be.”
11.40am: Elizabeth Banks tells the audience that last week’s Republican convention reminded the actress of her dystopian Hunger Games series. “Hey, that’s my act,” she says.

11.38am:
A large group of Bernie Sanders’ supporters left the convention hall in
Philadelphia to hold a sit-in protest at a nearby tent for journalists.
Some supporters had their mouths taped shut. A few others sang “this
land is our land” and held a banner that read, “We The People”. They say
they’re holding a peaceful protest to complain about being shut out by
the Democratic Party. One protester is 64-year-old Talat Khan, of San
Bernardino, California. He says: “It’s for the betterment of our
children and the future of our children.”
11.35am:
Hillary Clinton’s nomination was a huge moment for people around her.
Former President Bill Clinton tweeted: “So proud of you, Hillary.
#DemsInPhilly”. Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook, vice-chair Huma
Abedin and media adviser Jim Margolis exchanged hugs after the news was
announced.
11.27am: Former President Jimmy
Carter speaks by video. He says Sanders supporters need to “stay
engaged, stay involved”. He says Hillary Clinton would be a “steady
hand” in “perilous times”.
11.06am: The final tally was Clinton 2842 delegates, Sanders 1865.
11am:
Governor Terry McAuliffe of Virginia, a long-time Clinton friend, talks
about that relationship referring to the Clintons travelling through a
blizzard to attend his father’s funeral. But he also hits hard at Donald
Trump saying the Democrats need to send him “back to his bankrupt
casinos where he belongs”.
10:56am: Pharrell Williams’ Happy plays.
10:52am:
Bernie Sanders gets a massive cheer as his home state Vermont votes. A
chant of “Bernie” goes up. Sanders asks Democrats to nominate her by
acclimation. Sanders moves that Clinton is chosen as nominee. He said:
“Madam chair, I move that the convention suspend the procedural rules. I
move that all votes, all votes cast by delegates, be reflected in the
official record, and I move that Hillary Clinton be selected as the
nominee of the Democratic Party for president of the ”.

10:42am: HILLARY CLINTON BECOMES THE DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE
10:36am:
Jerry Emmett was born before women gained the right to vote in America,
so it’s fitting she announced that the Arizona delegation was casting
51 of its 85 votes for Hillary Clinton for president. Emmett is 102
years old and from Prescott, Arizona. She remembers seeing her mother go
to vote for the first time after the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women
the right to vote was ratified on August 18, 1920. Emmett is legally
blind and doesn’t hear very well, but she says she walks about 1.5km a
day and still bakes pies. She says she was thrilled to be at the
convention – where she carried a blue-and-white sign that read:
“Centenarian for Hillary.”
10:35am: “Home of the best restaurants in the country” Rhode Island.
10:21am:
New York, “the empire state”, gets bragging rights as the “home of the
next president of the United States Hillary Clinton”. The roll call is a
wonderful tag-team homage to the best features of each state that can
be packed into about three sentences.
10.18am: Now Breaking Bad gets a mention from the New Mexico delegation.
10.06am: The late, great Prince and Purple Rain got a shout out from Minnesota during the state roll call.
10.05am:
A lifelong friend of Hillary Clinton’s announced Illinois’ vote for
president. “This one is for you, Hill,” Betsy Ebeling said in announcing
that Illinois had given 98 delegates to Clinton. Ebeling said it’s in
honour of “Dorothy and Hugh’s daughter and my sweet friend”. Ebeling was
a childhood friend of Clinton’s in suburban Chicago.
9.56am:
Bernie Sanders got his brother’s vote. Larry Sanders says he’s casting
that vote with what he calls “enormous pride”. Larry Sanders addressed
the convention during the roll call, speaking as a member of the
Americans Abroad delegation. Larry Sanders lives in Britain.
9.53am:
When Bill Clinton takes the stage this afternoon for his 10th address
to a Democratic convention, the ex-President, husband and party
standard-bearer will step into a singular role in American history:
potential first gentleman. It isn’t only Hillary Clinton who is breaking
a glass ceiling this week. Should she win on Election Day, her husband
will becomes both the first male to be a first spouse and the first
former President to reoccupy the White House from the East Wing. Bill
Clinton’s potential new title is perhaps the strangest twist in a
political career known for its second acts. After health scares and
political missteps, the Comeback Kid, as he was known in his first
presidential race, could come back to Washington one last time.

Actress Rosario Dawson takes selfie with a delegate on the convention floor. Photo / AP
9.45am: Ashley Judd has joined a group
marching against police brutality in Philadelphia.The political activist
and actress stopped on Broad Street with tears in her eyes while
watching the protest and then accepted a “Black Lives Matter” sign from
the Philly REAL Justice group and joined in. The group is marching from
near Temple University, in north Philadelphia, south on Broad Street to
City Hall. There, they’ll meet up with another group decrying police
brutality and economic injustice and then move down to a park near the
convention site. Organisers from the group told white protesters to move
to the back of the demonstration, saying the action is “a black and
brown resistance march”. Some in the crowd chanted “Don’t vote for
Hillary (Clinton), she’s killing black people.”
9.36am:
The delegates are putting on a boisterous show of unity with both
Sanders and Clinton being loudly cheered during the roll call. Yesterday
protest chants were audible.
9.32am: Unmoved by
Bernie Sanders’ plea for party unity behind Hillary Clinton, several
hundred Sanders supporters chanting “Bernie or bust!” took to the
streets under the hot sun for another round of protests. They held a
rally at City Hall, then made their way down Broad Street to the
convention site. A crowd of thousands had gathered outside the subway
station closest to the Wells Fargo Centre. The crowd consisted of an
assortment of protesters espousing a variety of causes, but mostly
Sanders supporters and other Clinton foes on the left. Some gathered
around a radio to hear what was happening inside the hall, and when
Clinton’s name was placed in nomination, a chant of “Nominate Sanders!”
went up.
9.30am: Vice-President Joe Biden says
the most ardent of Bernie Sanders’ supporters will eventually end up
voting for Hillary Clinton, not Donald Trump. Biden told reporters at
the convention that he doesn’t think the Democratic Party is fractured.
He says Sanders’ supporters have changed the party in a positive way. He
says they just need a little time to get over the fact that Clinton is
the presumptive presidential nominee. And Biden tells ABC that those
supporters aren’t going to pull the lever for Trump “for God’s sake”.
9.25am: The roll call vote of states begins.
9.15am:
Georgia Congressman John Lewis says the party will shatter the glass
ceiling again with the election of Clinton, as it did with the election
of President Barack Obama. He talks about struggling people who haven’t
had pay increases and students dealing with debt. Clinton, he says, will
be a “uniter” who will “break down the barriers”. He tells the
convention the nation had made “too much progress and we are not going
back”.

Congressman John Lewis of Georgia. Photo / AP
9.10am: The first speaker in the roll call
to support Hillary Clinton is Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski who
describes the candidate as “duty driven”. Mikulski was the first
Democratic woman to be elected to the Senate in her own right.
9am:
The nomination process is underway in the convention arena with
delegates speaking in support of defeated candidate Bernie Sanders.
Supporters of Sanders plan to support him during the roll call. But the
Vermont senator has acknowledged he won’t have enough delegates to win
the nomination. Thousands of Sanders supporters and protesters are
rallying near one of the entrances.
8.55am: “She
fights for everything Donald Trump fights against,” says Kentucky
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, characterising Hillary
Clinton as a fighter for the powerless. She dubs Trump an “unqualified
bully”. She’s stressing Clinton’s support for equal pay for women,
voting rights, affordable healthcare and pensions for retired coal
miners. Grimes describes Clinton as a family-oriented grandmother who
enjoys watching HGTV and eating Buffalo wings. A chant of “Hillary!”
goes up at the end.
8.45am: Former Senator Tom
Harkin of New York kicks off the day with a speech about the rights of
people with disabilities. It is the 26th anniversary of the signing of
the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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