This Week in Politics: Hillary Made History, Trump Caused Drama
While support from Elizabeth Warren and President Obama helped Hillary Clinton further unify the Democratic Party, Republicans splintered over Trump’s latest racist comments.
Hillary Made History
By seizing the Democratic nomination for President, Hillary Clinton made history as the first woman to do so for a major party. Clinton told a cheering crowd, “So many of you feel like you’re out there on your own, that no one has your back. Well, I do. I hear you, I see you… and as your president, I will always have your back.”
While most of Clinton’s speech was directed at positivity and hope, she did manage to criticize GOP nominee Donald Trump. “When he says Let’s Make America Great Again, that is code for Let’s Take America Backwards,” she said, mocking his campaign motto.
Trump responded with a tweet, “@SenSanders fans, greatest way to get even with her Highness – vote for @realDonaldTrump, at least you’ll have a job.”
Obama and Warren Endorsed Clinton
Shortly after Clinton’s nomination speech and a meeting with Bernie Sanders, Obama endorsed her in a heartwarming video. He said he believed Clinton was absolutely qualified:
I want to congratulate Hillary Clinton on making history as the presumptive Democratic nominee for President of the United States. Look, I know how hard this job can be. That’s why I know Hillary will be so good at it. In fact, I don’t think there’s ever been someone so qualified to hold this office. She’s the got courage, the compassion, and the heart to get the job done.
Clinton happily tweeted a response: “Honored to have you with me, @POTUS. I’m fired up and ready to go! -H.”
Although Sanders has vowed to stay in the race until the convention, he did express indirect support for Clinton. After his meeting with Obama, he said, “Needless to say, I am going to do everything in my power – and I will work as hard as I can – to make sure Donald Trump does not become President of the United States.”
Elizabeth Warren, a longtime Sanders friend, also endorsed Clinton. “I am ready to get in this fight and work my heart out for Hillary Clinton to become the next President of the United States, and to make sure Donald Trump never gets any place close to the White House.”
Clinton endorsed Warren as well, claiming she was “qualified” to be her VP. “I have the highest regard for Senator Warren,” she said. “I think she is an incredible public servant, eminently qualified for any role.” Elizabeth Warren has been a major critic of Trump’s, constantly going to Facebook, Twitter, and interviews to talk about him. Last night, she referred to him as a “thin-skinned tyrant.”
Trump Clashed with the GOP
Whereas the Democratic Party seems to be unifying pretty strongly behind Hillary Clinton, the Republican Party has struggled with Trump. Many Republicans are upset with Donald Trump’s treatment of the judge in his Trump University lawsuit. Paul Ryan, recent endorser of Trump, called his comments against the “Mexican judge” the “textbook definition” of racism.
Although it’s farfetched, some Republicans are hoping for a rule change at the convention to stop Trump. Bill Kristol tweeted that he hoped for a “conscience convention” and “delegate revolt.”
Mitch McConnell, who has said he will vote for Trump (but may rescind his support), has spoken out against Trump. Most recently, he said “it’s pretty obvious he doesn’t know a lot about the issues.” He went on to say that Trump needs to stop attacking minorities and begin using more scripts for public speeches.