"When There Are No Ceilings, the Sky's the Limit": Watch Hillary Clinton Officially Accept Historic Nomination
The Democratic presidential nominee delivered a blistering attack against Donald Trump, saying, "a man you can bait with a tweet is not a man you can trust with nuclear weapons," and called for an end to the "bombast" during her history-making speech.
Hillary Clinton delivered a history-making address at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Thursday night amid constant chants of "Hillary! Hillary!"
All eyes were on her as she officially accepted her historic Democratic nomination, becoming the first female presidential major-party nominee. She told the crowd to raucous cheers that she accepts with "humility, determination and boundless confidence in America's promise."
"When there are no ceilings, the sky's the limit!" she added to thunderous applause.
After walking out to the campaign's "Fight Song," she began her speech by saying, "What an incredible week it's been." She thanked the heavy-hitting roster of speakers that appeared on her behalf during the four-day convention, as well as her former rival Bernie Sanders, causing the crowd to go wild.
"Your cause is our cause," she said. "We are stronger together."
The nominee offered "steady leadership" to a country "looking for reassurance" amid turmoil in the world. "America is once again at a moment of reckoning," she said. Americans must "decide whether we're going to work together so we can all rise together."
And she took blistering aim at her GOP rival, Donald Trump, throughout her nearly 60-minute speech, stressing how her mother always said: "You have to stand up to bullies."
"He wants to divide us from the rest of the world and from each other," she said. "He wants us to fear the future and fear each other." She then invoked the words of Franklin D. Roosevelt to reply: "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."
She continued: "We are not afraid. We will not build a wall. Instead we will build an economy where everyone who wants a good job can get one. And we'll build a path to citizenship for millions of immigrants who are already contributing to our economy. We will not ban a religion. We will work with all Americans and our allies to fight and defeat terrorism.
"Don't let anyone tell you that our country is weak: We're not.
"And most of all, don't believe anyone who says 'I alone can fix it.' Yes, those were actually Donald Trump's words in Cleveland and they should set off alarm bells for all of us.
"Really? 'I alone can fix it?'
"Isn't he forgetting troops on the front lines, police officers and firefighters who run towards danger? Doctors and nurses who care for us, teachers who change lives? Entrepreneurs who see opportunity in every problem? Mothers who lost children to violence and are building a movement to keep others safe.
"He's forgetting ever last one of us.
"American's don't say 'I alone can fix it.' We say: We'll fix it together!"
When she then uttered the words "love trumps hate," the crowd erupted in cheers.
Hitting on a slew of policy points on immigration, systemic racism, womens' and LGBT rights, equal pay, trade deals, the middle class, minimum wage, the economy, health care, homeland security and fighting for those who have been left behind, Hillary Clinton continued to engage the crowd in chants of "Join us!"
"You didn't hear any of this, did you, from Donald Trump at his convention?" she asked. Adding that she loves talking about her plans, unlike her rival: "He spoke for 70-odd minutes — and I do mean odd — and he offered zero solutions."
Adding with a chuckle after the dig, she said, "I believe in science — I believe climate change is real."
She continued her attack on Trump by slamming his business legacies, temperament and lack of knowledge when it comes to homeland security and foreign diplomacy. Stressing the turmoil, Clinton slammed Trump for "losing his cool" for something so small as seeing a protester at a rally. "Imagine him in the Oval office facing a real crisis — a man you can bait with a tweet is not a man you can trust with nuclear weapons."
"I know more about ISIS than the generals do," she says, quoting Trump. "No, Donald, you don't."
Stressing common-sense gun laws, she said: "I'm not here to take away your guns, I just don't want you to be shot by someone who shouldn't have a gun in the first place." Adding: We cannot afford to have a president "who is in the pocket of the gun lobby."
"America is great because America is good," she said. "So enough with the bigotry and the bombast."
To culminate her speech, the DNC crowd used the patriotic cards that were handed out earlier to display red, white and blue as balloons fell from the sky. She was joined onstage by her VP pick, Tim Kaine, and husband Bill Clinton, as they celebrated.
Thursday was her first official appearance at the DNC. Clinton appeared via video message on Tuesday, where she "cracked" through the glass ceiling, and surprised the crowd by joining President Obama onstage Wednesday after his emphatic endorsement and passing of the baton.
Hillary Clinton was introduced by daughter Chelsea Clinton, who called her "wonderful, thoughtful, hilarious" in a touching speech that left her dad, the former president, choking back tears as he watched from the audience.
After Chelsea Clinton's introduction, a 12-minute video created by Shonda Rhimes and narrated by Morgan Freeman chronicled the nominee's life. The feature contained interviews with the Clinton family, including Hillary Clinton, as well as President Obama, a 9/11 survivor and first responder and a childhood friend of the candidate.
The final night of the four-day DNC convention continued to see a slew of A-list support.
Katy Perry performed her new hit, in keeping with the DNC theme, called "Rise," before Chelsea Clinton took the stage. Earlier, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar took a jab at Donald Trump; Ted Danson and wife Mary Steenburgen spoke about their longtime pal; Chloe Grace Moretz told millennials to vote for Hillary Clinton; Carole King performed "You've Got a Friend"; and at a DNC-related event in Camden, N.J., Lady Gaga and Lenny Kravitz performed for an invite-only crowd of DNC delegates.
The convention has had no shortage of political star power, with President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, former President Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden delivering passionate endorsements for Hillary Clinton.