“Thanks to you, we have reached a milestone,” Clinton said in a speech, shortly after beating Sanders in New Jersey’s nominating contest.
The win has pushed Clinton further ahead in the delegates count to clinch the nomination and setting up a five-month general election campaign against presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump in the Nov. 8 election.
“We all owe so much to who came before,” Hillary Clinton also said.
In a fundraising email to supporters, Clinton declared her campaign had broken “one of the highest, hardest glass ceilings.”
On Twitter, she said: “To every little girl who dreams big: Yes, you can be anything you want – even president. Tonight is for you.”
In the meantime, Trump had dug himself into a political mud hole by saying the judge, who is overseeing a case against the now-defunct Trump University, cannot be fair because of his Mexican heritage.
He also predicated his view on a promise to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, if elected president.
Trump, however, has been rebuffed by many of his Republican Party leaders.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, the highest ranking Republican in government, disavowed Trump’s comments.
“Claiming a person can’t do their job because of their race is sort of like the textbook definition of a racist comment,” Ryan said at an event where he unveiled the GOP agenda to fight poverty in America. “I think that should be absolutely disavowed. It’s absolutely unacceptable.”
Carol Maye, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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