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Clinton Knocks Trump in Victory Speech, Says President Must Be Able to 'Defend Our Country, Not Embarrass It'

With three wins under her belt Tuesday evening (and possibly more coming), Hillary Clinton took to the stage in West Palm Beach, Florida, to address supporters about what she said is “one of the most consequential elections of our lifetime.”

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The next president, she explained, is going to face three big tasks upon taking office: making a positive difference in people’s lives, keeping Americans safe, and bringing the country together again.

“Now making differences in people’s lives comes first because Americans everywhere are hungry for solutions, they want to break down barriers holding them back so we can all rise together,” she said.

Clinton then listed some of the problems she’d tackle if president, including protecting and expanding social security, affordable child care, paid family leave, and equal pay for equal work.

“Above all,” she added, “Americans deserve a president with the ideas and know-how to create good jobs with rising incomes right here in our country. I’m convinced we have the tools to do that.”

And, of course, she did not finish before taking several shots at Republican frontrunner Donald Trump.

“Our commander-in-chief has to be able to defend our country, not embarrass it,” she said, adding that the president must also “defeat our adversaries, not embolden them.” And if there was any confusion that she was referring to Trump, she went on to knock his immigration plan, his proposal to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the U.S., and that his embrace of torture. “That doesn’t make him strong—it makes him wrong,” she said to thunderous applause.

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“Running for president is hard, but being president is harder,” she said.  

“For all of our challenges, Iv’e never had more faith in our future. And if we work together, and if we go forward in this campaign, if we win in November I know our future will be brighter tomorrow than yesterday,” she said in conclusion. 

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