Tonight is the night that Hillary Clinton accepts the bid to become the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee — the first time a woman has become a major party’s nominee in history.
Hillary Clinton will begin speaking between 10 and 11 pm Eastern Thursday night. Prior to speaking, she will be introduced by her daughter, Chelsea, the other keystone speaker of the night.
Here’s how to watch
The Democrats have a live stream on YouTube.
What to expect
As Vox’s Tara Golshan wrote:
Hillary Clinton’s bid for the White House was an announcement eight years in the waiting. But the election was more of a trial than most predicted, and Sen. Bernie Sanders proved to be a serious contender.
Contention from the primaries has had a strong presence throughout the convention. Clinton’s name has been met with boos and jeers from die-hard Sanders supporters, and Bernie or Bust protesters continue to surround the convention hall. And while Clinton has publicly thanked Sanders for his role in shaping the Democratic Party in the past, how she will address the rift in the party remains a big question.
Division aside, Thursday will be a historic night for Clinton. It is she, not Sanders, who is the Democratic nominee, and the first woman to have won the nomination of a major US political party. Regardless of internal party politics, her speech will undoubtedly reflect this inflection point in American history.
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