What Clinton Said as She Made History
'We've reached a milestone,' she declares
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 7, 2016 10:13 PM CDT
Updated Jun 8, 2016 6:52 AM CDT
The Clintons on stage at Hillary's primary night rally in Brooklyn.   (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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(Newser) – Eight years to the week after she congratulated Barack Obama on a hard-fought campaign and said "18 million cracks" had been made in the highest glass ceiling of all, Hillary Clinton thanked her supporters for helping her make history. "We've reached a milestone," she told supporters at the Brooklyn Navy Yard after winning the New Jersey primary. "First time in our nation's history that a woman will be a major party's nominee," she said, per the AP. "Tonight's victory is not about one person. It belongs to generations of women and men who struggled and sacrificed and made this moment possible." Clinton praised Bernie Sanders for an "extraordinary" effort and urged his supporters to unite behind her as the presumptive Democratic nominee, reports the Los Angeles Times.

The "vigorous debate" with Sanders on issues like income inequality has been "very good for the Democratic Party and America," said Clinton, who attacked Donald Trump for "stoking fear and rubbing salt in wounds" before concluding with remarks on the historic nature of the victory, CBS News reports. "What I care about most is the history our country has yet to write," Clinton, who was joined on stage by Bill and Chelsea, told cheering supporters. "Our children and grandchildren will look back at this time. We need to make sure that they can be proud of us."