After winning four of six states that voted in the Democratic primaries yesterday, Hillary Clinton became the presumptive Democratic Party nomineefor the 2016 presidential election, becoming the first woman nominee of either of the two major parties.
Clinton won New Jersey, New Mexico, South Dakota and, what is most important, California while Sanders won North Dakota and Montana. With these two victories, Clinton now has 2,755 delegates in the bag while Sanders has 1,852.
The Democratic nominee race is officially over and at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in late July, Hillary Clinton will be officially named the Democratic nominee.
It does not matter how you look at it or what your approach to feminist issues is, the fact that a woman became a nominee for the President of the United States of America is a huge thing. It is a historic accomplishment and one that has already booked a spot for Hillary Clinton in history books.
If everything goes as planned, Clinton will become the President after the general election, which will be an even bigger accomplishment. The commander-in-chief is going to be a woman. In her article on Vox, Sarah Kliff has a very simple point to make concerning this. She writes about a tweet of her friend’s, which says that she was mocked 20-odd years ago for saying that she wanted to become president when she grew up.
26 years ago I would tell people that I wanted to be the president when I grew up. 5 year olds would tell me girls can’t be president.
— Emma Sandoe (@emma_sandoe) June 7, 2016
Sarah then writes:
With a woman president — Clinton or otherwise — kids, adults, anyone would no longer be able to say that. And that’s a big deal.
It is also important to point out that Bernie Sanders now has fewer and fewer arguments for continuing his battle for the nomination. He lost in California, a state where he hoped to do well to show everyone that he is still the more acceptable presidential nominee and that America wants to see him pitted against Donald Trump.
His only mathematical chance now is to flip pretty much all of the superdelegates to his side, but that is something that simply will not happen. He has hurt himself in this department time and time again when he criticized the whole superdelegates concept openly and very passionately. We totally agree with him, by the way, but it would be unrealistic to think superdelegates will change their minds now that Clinton has shown more clearly than ever before that she is the stronger candidate.
And yet, Bernie refused to concede Tuesday night, saying:
“…we will continue to fight for every vote and every delegate we can get.”
He added that he and his team would take the “fight for social, economic, racial, and environmental justice to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania”.
His reasoning is very simple, and as his aides have revealed to Politico, it is difficult to imagine a situation where Bernie will have this kind of power ever again and he needs to make an impact now. It is not that unreasonable to see him push and pull until the National Convention where he will have the chance to influence the direction in which the Party will move in the future.
We support him wholeheartedly in this.
However, he must not forget that the Democratic Party has an even more important task ahead and that is beating Donald Trump. Sanders needs to understand that Clinton needs his supporters and that he is still the person who can contribute to a better result in the general election. All of these new, electrified young voters are needed if we are to beat Trump. Even Clinton mentioned this in her speech yesterday night:
“And let there be no mistake: Senator Sanders, his campaign, and the vigorous debate that we’ve had about how to raise incomes, reduce inequality, increase upward mobility have been very good for the Democratic Party and for America.”
Bernie fought a good battle. Bernie did better than anyone could have hoped. That being said, maybe it is time to start negotiating and supporting Hillary Clinton in her fight against (we still cannot believe it no matter how many time we write it) the Republican nominee, Donald Trump.
It is time for a woman in the White House!