Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton clinched the Democratic Party’s U.S. Presidential nomination with last week’s victories in California and New Jersey. Clinton, 68, becomes the first female to win the nomination of one of America’s two major political parties.
The celebration was short-lived due to the tragic shooting in Orlando. Clinton, in a speech in Cleveland, Ohio on Monday, condemned gun violence and assured LGBT Americans they would be protected.
“You have millions of allies that will always have your back and I am one of them,” Clinton said to rousing applause.
Meanwhile, in New Hampshire, presumptive Republican Party nominee Donald J. Trump also issued a condemnation of the Orlando massacre. Trump said the Pulse Nightclub attack was an “assault on the ability of free people to live their lives, love who they want and express their identity.”
Prior to Sunday morning’s tragedy, Clinton and Trump had exchanged aggressive tweets with Trump continuing to label Clinton “crooked” and referring to U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) as “Pocahontas.”
Clinton responded to Trump’s latest social media barrage with three simple words: “Delete Your Account.”
As both parties prepare for their national conventions, speculation shifts to running mates, primary elections and down ballot tickets. The Republican National Convention is July 18-21 in Cleveland followed by the Democratic National Convention, July 25-28 in Philadelphia.
As for the threat of terrorism lingering over Florida, Clinton said “the Orlando terrorist may be dead, but the virus that poisoned his mind remains very much alive. And we must attack it with clear eyes, steady hands, unwavering determination and pride in our country and our values.”