"It is with humility, determination, and boundless confidence in America's promise that I accept your nomination for president of the United States," Hillary Clinton told the Democratic National Convention Thursday night, delivering a fiery acceptance speech that cast herself as a unifier who can keep America safe, and Donald Trump as a dangerous, blustering con man. Five of her best lines:
- "It's true," Clinton said. "I sweat the details of policy—whether we're talking about the exact level of lead in the drinking water in Flint, Michigan, the number of mental health facilities in Iowa, or the cost of your prescription drugs. Because it's not just a detail if it's your kid, if it's your family. It's a big deal. And it should be a big deal to your president."
- "We're going to give small businesses a boost. Make it easier to get credit," said Clinton, who promised that creating more jobs with rising wages would be her primary mission. "Way too many dreams die in the parking lots of banks."
- "Imagine him in the Oval Office facing a real crisis," Clinton said after skewering Trump's foreign policy pronouncements. "A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons."
- "I'm not here to repeal the Second Amendment," she said after turning to domestic policy. "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."
- "I'm here to tell you tonight—progress is possible," she said. "I know because I've seen it in the lives of people across America who get knocked down and get right back up. And I know it from my own life. More than a few times, I've had to pick myself up and get back in the game." After getting one of her biggest cheers of the night, she added that her mother had taught her to never back down and that "you have to stand up to bullies."
"Yes, the world is watching what we do. Yes, America's destiny is ours to choose. So let's be stronger together," she said in conclusion. "Looking to the future with courage and confidence. Building a better tomorrow for our beloved children and our beloved country. When we do, America will be greater than ever," Clinton said before she was joined on stage by Tim Kaine, followed by what the Guardian
describes as a "fireworks waterfall" and a "balloon blizzard."