"This is Huge": Voices from Hillary Clinton’s Victory Rally in Brooklyn

June 08, 2016

On Tuesday night, thousands of Hillary Clinton supporters gathered in Brooklyn to witness Clinton claiming victory in the Democratic race, becoming the first woman to become the presumptive nominee of a major political party. Democracy Now! producers Charina Nadura and Carla Wills spoke to some of Clinton’s backers.


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AMY GOODMAN: On Tuesday night, Hillary Clinton held a victory rally at the Brooklyn Navy Yard as she claimed the Democratic presidential nomination, pulling off victories in California, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota. Democracy Now! was there, speaking with some of her supporters.

JEN HECK: I’m Jen. I’m from Manhattan. And I’m here because after many months of painful back-and-forths, I’m just proud to be able to come out and say, "Go Hillary." I just can’t wait for her to put Trump in his place and to say things that I think not just women, but a lot of people have wanted to say, to stand up for social justice in this country, for women, for every—for everything.

FRANCES LIPPETTE: Hi. My name is Frances, and I’m here to support Hillary Clinton, number one, because she’s the most qualified to hold the position from day one, and, number two, because she—in my lifetime, I would love to see a female put these 44 men down.

ANDY KONRAD: My name’s Andy Konrad, and I’m from Long Island City, Queens. And I’m here to celebrate, because Hillary is going to be the nominee. I’m very happy. I like her ideas. I actually like the fact that Bernie Sanders even kind of shifted some of the ideas to the left, because I’m all about that, but I think that she is just more—would have a better—be more capable of making these ideas come into fruition. I do have a lot of friends that are on that side, and it’s a shame it got so contentious. I think that she should be—really lend out a hand to those people, make sure that they get their voices heard, but, you know, include them with us, because we’re all the Democratic Party, and we need to come together, especially to fight against Donald Trump, because that would be a nightmare if he was anywhere near the White House.

DIANE REISER: I’m Diane Reiser. I’m from Brooklyn, New York. And I’m here for my mother, my grandmother, my grandchildren, because it’s a historical moment. I’m 71 years old, and I am absolutely excited that we will have a woman president. This is the first time I—you know, Shirley Chisholm was nominated, but not by the Democratic Party, not by a major party. So this is huge, absolutely huge. It’s on the same level as having a black president. And I want it for my grandchildren.

AMY GOODMAN: Special thanks to Carla Wills and Charina Nadura for that report from the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

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