Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton‘s daughter Chelsea introduced her mother before the nominee addressed the Democratic National Convention on Thursday in Philadelphia. In a personal, well-poised speech, Chelsea said she was at the DNC as a “proud American, a proud Democrat, a proud mother and tonight in particular, a very, very proud daughter.”
Chelsea wove between her earliest memories of her mother (speaking of her mom reading her Goodnight Moon when she was a child). “Regardless of what happened in my life, she was always, always there for me,” she asserted. She also addressed how supportive her parents have been through the years. “That feeling, being valued and loved, that’s something that my mom wants for every child. It is the calling of her life.”
The nominee’s daughter showed confidence as she discussed her mother’s dedication to public service and detailed her mother’s resilience, even during low points, such as the summer of 1994 when Clinton didn’t score on healthcare legislation. She said they watched movies to “replenish her spirits,” and then “she got right back to work.”
“People ask me all the time, how does she do it? How does she keep going?,” Chelsea said. “Here’s how: It’s because she never ever forgets who she’s fighting for.”
She also spoke of Hillary’s many political fights to “protect our planet from climate change and our communities from gun violence” as well as her advocating for women’s rights, which are “human rights,” that are also LGBT rights. “I’m voting for a fighter who never ever gives up and who believes that we can always do better when we come together.”
Her speech came just before a moving video narrated by Morgan Freeman, which featured a bevy of Clinton supporters, including President Obama and 9/11 survivors who spoke of her concern during the attacks.
Afterward, Chelsea returned to proudly introduce “my mother, my hero, and our next president, Hillary Clinton.”