Hillary Clinton has claimed the Democratic presidential nomination, describing herself as the first woman to be nominated by a major party for US presidency.
“Thanks to you, we’ve reached a milestone. It’s the first time in our nation’s history that a woman will be a major party’s nominee,” Clinton told her supporters in Brooklyn, New York, on Tuesday night, following a convincing victory in the New Jersey primary.
With the win in the garden state, Clinton surpassed the 2,383 delegates needed to clinch the nomination.
“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,” she stated.
The former secretary of state turned her attention to the November general election, appealing to supporters of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders to unite with her against presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.
Clinton intensified her attacks on Trump, suggesting that his values and rhetoric are incompatible with American principles.
“Donald Trump is temperamentally unfit to be president and commander-in-chief,” she said.
“We believe that we should lift each other up, not tear each other down,” she said in a veiled reference to Trump’s divisive rhetoric on the campaign trail.
“To be great, we can’t be small. We have to be as big as the values that define America,” Clinton added.
“He wants to win by stoking fear and rubbing salt in wounds and reminding us daily just how great he is,” she said of Trump.
Elsewhere in her remarks, Clinton praised Sanders for running an “extraordinary” campaign that has “excited millions of people, especially young people.”
Sanders won the North Dakota caucuses on Tuesday. Montana, New Mexico and South Dakota also held Democratic contests.
The Vermont senator has now set his sights on the delegate-rich state of California, where a symbolic victory could make him a force during the Democratic National Convention next month.
Republicans also voted in several states on Tuesday, although Trump became the party’s presumptive nominee in early May, when his two remaining rivals dropped out of the race.
By Press TV