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PHILADELPHIA — The chant of “Hillary! Hillary! Hillary!” could be heard ringing through the halls of the terrace level of the Pennsylvania Convention Center as women of all ages and races attended the Women’s Caucus Tuesday morning, July 26.
It was coming from the pumped up crowd from Donna Brazile, the interim chair of the Democratic National Committee, who was calling upon the women of the past who have broken down gender barriers in American history and will do so again Tuesday night with the first female presidential nominee.
“Thank you all for being here at this historic moment,” Brazile said. “It is a historic moment — 240 years ago, Abigail Adams told her husband, the future president, ‘Remember the ladies.’ Abigail probably didn’t know those three words … would be echoed this year, at this moment, in Philadelphia.”
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Brazile was joined in the caucus by surprise speakers of Madeleine Albright, former United Nations Ambassador during the Bill Clinton administration, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and actress Eva Longoria.
Panelists included Aryanna Pressley, Amber Tamblyn, Lynn Whitfield and Cristiana Duran.
The interim chair of the DNC asked the women to go back to their communities and do what they do best and do it better to make sure Hillary Clinton becomes the 45th president of the United States over Donald Trump.
“We have an enormous challenge ahead of us,” she said. “This is not going to be an easy election, but this is going to an election that we’re going to win with dignity and by a wide margin. I want everybody to … pledge to give it (their) all to help elect Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine.”
Brazile was named the interim chair after thousands of e-mails were leaked forced the chair, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, to resign the day before the convention began.
An apology was issued by Brazile the following day and she briefly touched on it during her speech.
“I’ve had a lot of contrition this week. I’ve done my confession and for those of you who have accepted the apologies, those of you who understand mistakes can be made, but we can overcome them,” Brazile said. “We’re unified.”
The women’s caucus will meet again at 10 a.m. on Thursday.
Brazile fired the crowd up with her “shout-outs” to these legendary women, including Eleanor Roosevelt, Victoria Woodhull, Sojourner Truth, Carol Moseley Braun, Lucretia Mott, Harriet Tubman, Susan B. Anthony and many more.
“Let me just say to Abigail, we remembered the ladies because the ladies are now here, they’re in charge, acting large and ready to elect the first female president of the United States of America,” Brazile said. “Abigail, we heard you … we never forgot your words.”