After 2 weekend primary wins in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, Democratic frontrunner Hilary Clinton built on her delegate lead over Bernie Sanders and gained some additional Super delegates on Monday to clinch the Democratic presidential nomination just one day before 6 U.S. states hold Democratic primaries.
Clinton has made history by becoming the first woman to clinch a party presidential nomination of a major U.S. political party.
Clinton picked up over 20 uncommitted Super Delegates on Monday, pushing her Super delegate count to 571, and allowing her to reach 2,383 total delegates needed for the Democratic nomination.
Sanders has 1,569 total Democratic delegates which includes 48 Super delegates, according to the Associated Press.
Controlling the Narrative
Bernie Sanders told reporters over the week-end that he plans to go after Clinton’s Super delegates who are free to switch sides until the official Democratic Convention from July 25-28th in Philadelphia.
Sanders doesn’t want the Super delegates to be officially counted until the Democratic Convention and has threatened to turn it into a contested convention which is the last thing Clinton wants to face as she seeks to unify the Democratic Party and gain support among Sanders’ electrified left wing of the party while she prepares to compete in the general election against Donald Trump, a brash name-calling Republican presumptive nominee who has brought independents into the Republican tent but is facing new criticisms over his injection of race when explaining the reason why Judge Gonzalo Curiel has allegedly been biased against him concerning a lawsuit aimed at Trump University.
Trump believes that Judge Curiel is biased towards him because of earlier campaign pledges he made about building a U.S.-Mexico border wall and the fact that Judge Curiel has Mexican heritage which Trump cited as a reason for his bias even though the American judge was actually born in Indiana and not Mexico.
Trump said on Sunday that he would have the same concerns about a Muslim judge being impartial towards him.
Republicans such as former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and House Speaker Paul Ryan have criticized Trump for his controversial claims about Judge Curiel.
Clinton Encourages Primary Voters To Vote For Her Despite Her Clinch Of The Democratic Nomination
Hilary Clinton wasn’t in celebration mode on Monday despite her clinching the Democratic nomination and making history yesterday.
Clinton wants to bolster her case before Bernie Sanders that she is undeniably the preferred Democratic presidential candidate by having strong convincing Super Tuesday primary wins across 6 U.S. states including California, New Jersey, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and New Mexico.
Clinton tweeted that “we’re flattered but we’ve got primaries to win.” Vote tomorrow: CA, MT, NM, ND,NJ,SD
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 7, 2016
Written By: John Schweitzer