Hillary Clinton claimed the Democratic presidential nomination Tuesday night after her victory in New Jersey and appealed to Bernie Sanders supporters to unify behind her.
“It may be hard to see tonight, but we are all standing under a glass ceiling right now, but don’t worry we’re not smashing this one,” Clinton told a crowd in Brooklyn.
“Thanks to you we’ve reached a milestone, the first time in our nation’s history that a woman will be a major party’s nominee,” she said.
Clinton won’t officially be the Democratic Party’s nominee until she is nominated at the convention next month, but she has enough pledged delegates and super delegates to clinch the nomination.
She spoke after her victory in New Jersey’s primary. Clinton was also leading in New Mexico and South Dakota, while Bernie Sanders was expected to win contests in North Dakota and Montana.
The two are locked in a tight race in California, where polls close later on Tuesday night.
Clinton took aim mentioned the presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump in her remarks. “Whether you supported me or Sen. Sanders or one of the Republicans, we need to keep working toward a better, fairer, stronger America,” she said.
“I want to congratulate Sen. Sanders for the extraordinary campaign he has run. He has spent his long career in public service fighting for progressive causes and principles and he’s exited millions of voters, especially young people,” she said.
“Let there be no mistake: Sen. Sanders, his campaign and the vigorous debate that we’ve had about how to raise income, reduce inequality, increase upward mobility, have been very good for the Democratic Party and for America.”
Clinton took aim a Trump’s temperament calling him “temperamentally unfit” to serve in office.