DNC chairwoman: Dems ‘ready to unify and take on' Trump
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Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said the party is "ready to unify and take on" presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump PACs brought in over M for the first half of 2021 Chicago owes Trump M tax refund, state's attorney mounts legal challenge Biden hits resistance from unions on vaccine requirement MORE and the GOP.

After Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonClintons, Stacey Abrams meeting Texas Democrats Biden says Russia spreading misinformation ahead of 2022 elections Highest-ranking GOP assemblyman in WI against another audit of 2020 vote MORE won the final 2016 primary on Tuesday night, Wasserman Schultz congratulated the presumptive Democratic nominee and her rival, Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden's bipartisan deal faces Senate gauntlet Angst grips America's most liberal city Democrats warn shrinking Biden's spending plan could backfire MORE, for "finishing strong" and for running "smart, substantive campaigns."


"Nearly 28 million people cast their ballots for Clinton and Sanders in our primaries – 2.7 million more than the top three Republican candidates combined," Wasserman Schultz said in a statement released Tuesday night while Clinton and Sanders met privately at a Washington, D.C., hotel. 

"The reason we’re driving more people to the polls is simple: our candidates have shown throughout this campaign that they’re committed to fighting for the hopes, dreams and aspirations of hardworking families across the country." 

The DNC chairwoman then attempted to draw a clear distinction between the Democratic candidates and Trump.

"His increasingly erratic, divisive and dangerous behavior on the campaign trail is proof that he has neither the temperament, nor the judgment to serve as commander in chief," Wasserman Schultz said.

At the end of the last Republican administration, Wasserman Schultz said the country was "on the verge of economic collapse."

"Trump rooted for that crisis, hoping to profit as Americans lost their homes, jobs and savings," she said.

"If elected, he would behave in the same way as he did then, only looking out for himself and those at the very top, damaging our standing in the world, and dragging our economy and our country backwards."

At the Democratic National Convention in July, Wasserman Schultz said the party will nominate a qualified candidate who can build on the country's progress.

She praised the progress of the Obama administration over the past seven years, saying the country now has had 75 consecutive months of private-sector job growth and more than 14 million new jobs created. She added that 20 million Americans now have access to healthcare under the Affordable Care Act.

"We must elect a Democrat as the next president of the United States," she said, "to keep our country moving in the right direction, level the playing field, expand opportunity, and fight for a brighter future for all.”

Clinton was the projected winner of the Washington, D.C., primary on Tuesday, closing out the primary season and sending her into next month's convention on a high note.