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Hillary Clinton declares victory in the race for Democratic nomination.

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton arrives to speak during her California primary night rally held in the Brooklyn borough of New York, U.S., June 7, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson - RTSGHGR

It wasn’t easy or even particularly pretty for this country or anyone in it, but on Tuesday night, Hillary Clinton smashed through one of the oldest glass ceilings in the United States and clinched her title as the first woman to be a major party’s presumed nominee. It’s a pretty historic moment for the country, and one Clinton has kept quiet about in the past.

That all changed in New York City on Tuesday, when Clinton owned the momentousness of her nomination in one of the better speeches of her career. “Thanks to you, we’ve reached a milestone,” Clinton told an enthusiastic crowd in Brooklyn. “The first time in our nation’s history that a woman will be a major party’s nominee for president of the United States.”

She took the time to offer a few kind words to Senator Bernie Sanders and his supporters (though Sanders says he’s down, not out), and called out one Donald Trump as “temperamentally unfit to be president” — which might as well be Trump’s new campaign slogan. She also got emotional when talking about her mother, who was born on June 4, 1919 — the same day Congress passed the 19th Amendment, giving all (white) American women the right to vote (that’s the sort of nugget that sounds a little too on-the-nose to be true, but it checks out.) And as the cherry on top, she delivered a line about how “bridges are better than walls” that sent her audience into a frenzy, so get ready to hear that chestnut a thousand times between now and November. She did not bring up the emails but, don’t worry, she’ll have plenty of opportunities in the coming months, trust.

Speaking of walls, Trump delivered a teleprompter-guided speech at the Trump National Golf Club Westchester just before Clinton’s address, that was mostly notable for not being racist. Be thankful for small blessings, America.

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