Hilary Clinton made history on Thursday night as she became the first woman of a major political party to accept the nomination to be president of the United States during the final day of the 4 day Democratic Convention in Philadelphia.
Clinton gave a rousing speech and portrayed herself as someone who can unite the country as powerful forces threaten to pull us apart.
“I will be a President for Democrats, Republicans, and Independents. For the struggling, the striving, and the successful” Clinton said.
Clinton explained that Donald Trump wants us to fear the future and each other and then made clear distinctions about how she would handle immigration and terrorism compared to Trump who has called for a ban of Muslims entering the U.S. and building a 1,989 border wall paid for by Mexico.
“We will not build a wall.”
“We won’t ban a religion” Clinton said.
Clinton explained that her plan includes building a pathway for citizenship for millions of immigrants who are “already contributing to our economy.”
“We will build an economy where everyone who wants a good paying job can get one” Clinton added.
Clinton advocated for a collaborative approach towards handling terrorism that includes working with all Americans and our allies to fight terrorism.
Earlier in the evening, Khizr Khan, the father of an American Muslim captain killed in Iraq, gave a direct message to Donald Trump.
“Let me ask you, have you even read the United States Constitution? I will gladly lend you my copy” he said as he pulled a copy out of his jacket.
“In this document, look for the words ‘liberty’ and ‘equal protection of law’ ” Khan said
Clinton said her strategy to defeat ISIS includes striking their sanctuaries from the air and supporting local ground forces on the ground.
“We will surge our intelligence so that we detect and prevent attacks before they happen. We will disrupt their efforts online to reach and radicalize young people in our country” Clinton said.
Criticizing Trump’s Inflated View of Fixing Things
Clinton was critical of Trump’s claim last week during the Republican Convention when he stated, “I alone can fix it.”
Clinton pointed out that Trump’s remark can’t be believed and should “set off alarm bells for the rest of us.”
Clinton explained that Americans say “We’ll fix it together” and noted how it contrasts with Trump’s remark.
Simple Upbringing As a Child
Later in her speech, Clinton recalled her humble upbringing in Pennsylvania with a father who started his own small business, printing fabric for draperies.
“The family I’m from, well, no one had their name on big buildings” Clinton admitted.
Clinton voiced criticism about Trump’s past business ethics handling his debts.
“It’s just not right that Trump can ignore his debts, but students and families can’t refinance theirs” Clinton said.
Clinton mentioned that in Atlantic City, only 60 miles away, “you’ll find contractors and small businesses who lost everything because Donald Trump refused to pay his bills.”
“Donald Trump says he wants to make America great again- well, he could start by making things in America again” Clinton said.
“Trump suits in Mexico, not Michigan. Trump furniture in Turkey, not Ohio” Clinton explained.
During the election season, Donald Trump has been critical of U.S. companies that outsource jobs to other countries with lower wages even though his own Trump companies have engaged in the same type of business practice.
Clinton said that Trump spoke for 70 “odd minutes” at the Republican Convention last week and offered “zero solutions.”
Clinton said that President Obama and Vice President Biden don’t get enough credit they deserve for saving us from the “worst economic crisis of our lifetimes” but also acknowledged that “we are still facing deep seated problems that developed long before the recession and have stayed with us through the recovery.”
Claiming that her mission as President will be “to create more opportunity and good paying jobs with rising wages,” Clinton voiced some criticism about corporations that “take tax breaks with one hand and give out pink slips with the other.”
Clinton reported that if companies take tax breaks and ship jobs overseas, “we’ll make them pay us back.”
“Not Here To Take Away Your Guns”
Clinton said that she’s not here to repeal the 2nd amendment and “take away your guns.”
“We should be working with responsible gun owners to pass common sense reforms and keep guns out of the hands of criminals, terrorists, and all others who would do us harm” Clinton said.
Clinton admitted that we have to heal the divides in our country.
“Not just on guns. But on race. Immigration. And more” Clinton said.