Hilary Clinton Secures the Democratic Nomination
After decisive victories in the California, New Jersey, and New Mexico primaries, Hilary Clinton secured her place as the Democratic party's presidential nominee on Tuesday night.
Clinton is now trying to appeal to supporters of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and looking to unify the party in order to defeat Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Clinton is now the first woman ever to earn a major party's nomination, marking a historic milestone in presidential politics. Yet even as Clinton won big in nearly every primary on Tuesday, Sanders isn't backing down just yet, telling his supporters that he'll continue his campaign until the Democratic National Convention in July in Philadelphia.
Sanders was victorious in the North Dakota and Montana primaries on Tuesday, however his reasons for staying in the Democratic race are becoming increasingly thin. Sanders noticeably didn't mention Clinton's achievement during his speech on Tuesday night, simply vowing to his supporters that he'll continue "our fight for social, economic, racial and environmental justice." President Obama has plans to meet with Sanders at the White House on Thursday at the candidate's request, according to Politico.
Sanders insists there will be a contested convention next month and says that he'll continue to hold campaign events in Washington, DC, which has its primary, next Tuesday, the final primary of the season. In a race that seems already resolved, Sanders plans to lay off at least half of his campaign staff according to a New York Times report, but he isn't ready to unify around Clinton any time soon.
Trump himself looked to supporters of Sanders Tuesday night to try and gain their support. "To all those Bernie Sanders voters who have been left in the cold by a rigged system of superdelegates, we welcome you with open arms," said Trump in a speech delivered Tuesday.
As Clinton gears up for a general election campaign, Donald Trump, as he said in a Fox News interview Tuesday, looks to Republicans to "get over" their concern about the attacks he's launched at a federal judge overseeing the Trump University lawsuit. Trump accused Gonzalo Curiel, a Mexican-American federal judge, of being biased because of his heritage. Trump is now attempting to walk back those comments a bit, saying that his words were "misconstrued". Clinton wasted no time on attacking Trump for his remarks, saying that Trump has "gone so far as to insult and attack a distinguished federal judge, a man who was appointed on his merits, who is presiding over a lawsuit pointing out how fraudulent Trump University is."
Sanders has had a great run this election season and has done so much to make light of important issues that so many Americans care deeply about, but it's clear that Sanders' path to the nomination is entirely impossible now. As Trump continues to demonize people because of their race, religion, and gender, it's more important than ever for voters to realize what's at stake in this election. I'm as enthusiastic about the Sanders campaign as anyone else, but looking at how things stand now, it's about time for Democrats to unify around their presumptive nominee if they really want to defeat Trump in November in the general election.