Monday, July 18, 2016

HILLARY CLINTON First Female US Presidential Candidate

With final victory gained at the District of Columbia Democratic primary June 12, former First Lady, US Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is now the Democratic Party candidate for the Presidency of the United States. After edging out her only competition in US Senator from Vermont Bernie Sanders, Clinton now stands as the first woman in America to be a major party candidate for US President.

It was a moment to be remembered in American and world history as Clinton, already considered the presumptive Democratic candidate with endorsements from incumbent President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden, solidified her support base at the end of the Primary season. The New York Times online election coverage indicates her win as dominant with a 78.7% of the Democratic vote over Sanders, who refused to back down even after the withdrawal of four other nominees, insisting that every Democrat voter must get a chance to make up their minds between him and Clinton. The US Senator however had begun to soften his stance in their competition over the past few days, although his aides state that he will not be one to immediately endorse his opponent even after the last primary in DC has concluded.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Clinton and Sanders met at a Washington hotel the evening of Tuesday June 14. They later gave near identical press statements about having a mostly positive discussion over unifying the Democratic Party after the primaries, how to bring more of the American people into the political process and lastly, the threat of having Donald Trump as the opposing Republican candidate, and the danger of his possible victory and eventual administration. On this at least, Sanders expressed appreciation for his erstwhile competition for her dedication to stopping Trump cold at the November polls.

Already the two presumptive candidates, Democrat and Republican, have diverted their attention – alongside that of the country – to the latest national buzz, that of the fight against domestic terrorism as exemplified by the June 12 Orlando mass shooting at a gay club, carried out by an Afghan-American self-declared ISIS sympathizer. After the requisite verbal sparring between Clinton and Trump, the two then presented starkly different approaches to the seemingly never-ending War on Terror.Trump in true fashion reiterated his proposal to suspend immigration from countries in the world with a “proven history of terrorism” – practically damning areas with Arab and Muslim populations from entering the US – and cracking down on, possibly deporting, these same who are already in the county. Clinton on the other hand is more on reinstating the ban on assault weapons at a federal level, and a tighter intelligence watch over “lone wolf” terrorist operators in addition to the larger organizations.

That aside, it is already becoming clear to many that a milestone has been reached with Hillary Clinton’s presumptive Democratic candidacy and victories at the primaries. The possibility of having the first woman President of the United States appears to be an attractive prospect, counter to Trump’s nationalistic and non-interventionist bent.

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