Hillary Clinton has claimed the Democratic presidential nomination on Tuesday night, pulling off victories in California, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota. Clinton is set to become the first woman to win a major party’s presidential nomination. With only one primary to go in the District of Columbia, Clinton has an insurmountable lead in pledged delegates over her challenger, Bernie Sanders.
But Clinton’s pledged delegate count falls short of the 2,383 needed, meaning she will need to rely on the support of unelected superdelegates to officially secure the nomination at next month’s convention in Philadelphia.
With Bernie Sanders vowing to continue fighting until the Democratic National Convention, Amy Goodman spoke to Hillary Clinton supporter Dolores Huerta and Sanders delegate Norman Solomon on where the race goes from here. They discuss Donald Trump’s racist remarks, Clinton’s plan to reach out to Sanders supporters, and the decision by the Associated Press and NBC to call the race for Clinton on the eve of the California primary.
Also, Amy Goodman interviewed Michele Landis Dauber, the Stanford University law professor who has launched a campaign to recall the judge who sentenced former Stanford swimmer Brock Allen Turner to six months in jail. Turner was convicted of three felony counts for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman behind a dumpster.
Judge Aaron Persky expressed concern a longer sentence would have “a severe impact” on Turner. Under California law, Turner’s crime carries a minimum punishment of two years in prison. But Dauber says Judge Persky “really bent over backwards in order to give this defendant a very light sentence.”
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