Los Angeles: Hillary Clinton yesterday made history as she became the first woman to clinch the presidential nomination of a major American political party by winning crucial California and three other state primaries but her Democratic rival Bernie Sanders remained defiant.
Singing her fight song: Hillary Clinton in New York. Pic/AFP
“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,” Clinton, 68, told her supporters at her campaign headquarters in Brooklyn, New York.
President Barack Obama congratulated Clinton for securing the 2,383 delegates necessary to clinch the Democratic party’s presidential nomination. However, Obama did not formally endorse Clinton, his former Secretary of State.
Obama called both Clinton and Sanders to applaud them. The President will meet Sanders at the White House tomorrow at the Vermont senator's request.
Clinton, who won California, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota, now has 2,755 delegates or more than half of the 4,051 total pledged delegates while Sanders has 1,852.
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump criticised his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton by saying, “The last thing we need is Hillary Clinton in the White House or an extension of the Obama disaster.” “The Clintons have turned the politics of personal enrichment into an art form for themselves,” the New York-based real estate tycoon alleged.
Defiant Bernie vows to fight on
Bernie Sanders refused to concede defeat to Hillary Clinton yesterday. “We are going to fight hard to win the primary in Washington, DC,” he said, referring to the final nomination contest next Tuesday. “And then we take our fight… to Philadelphia,” where the Democratic convention will be held to formally nominate the party's candidate.