On Thursday night, Hillary Clinton took the stage at the Democratic National Convention to become the first woman ever to be nominated for president by a major party. Standing before a crowd of thousands of supporters, Clinton accepted, saying, “When there are no ceilings, the sky’s the limit.”
Clinton, dressed in an all-white pantsuit reportedly consulted on with Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, was introduced by her daughter Chelsea and offered a positive outlook for the future of the United States, denouncing Donald Trump, who she repeatedly described as antithetical to the values of the country, which she described as facing a “moment of reckoning.”
“A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man you can trust with nuclear weapons,” Clinton said.
“Don’t let anyone tell you that our country is weak. We’re not. Don’t let anyone tell you that we don’t have what it takes. we do. Don’t believe anyone who says, ‘I alone can fix it,’” Clinton said. “Americans don’t say, ‘I alone can fix it, we say, ‘We’ll fix it together.’”
She also quoted the play Hamilton.
Within the arena as Clinton took the stage, some male protestors yelled out, prompting loud shushing not audible on the television feeds of the speech. Supporters also drowned out yells of “No more war,” by chanting Clinton’s first name.
But Clinton’s historic hour-long speech continued over the disruptions, as she described her working class roots and obliquely addressed the sexism that has surrounded her candidacy.
Clinton also addressed Bernie Sanders supporters, some of whom have expressed a reluctance to support her over Trump. Hinting at a possible cabinet position, Clinton explicitly promised to work together with Sanders on issues like college affordability, and described a progressive platform that includes raising taxes on the wealthy. She also pledged to overturn Citizens United and promised to implement gun control, saying “I’m not here to take away your guns. I just don’t want you to be shot by someone who shouldn’t have a gun in the first place.”
Here’s the full speech: