The Democrats wound down their convention with star power.
Katy Perry sang. Actors Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen and Chloe Grace Moretz were on the bill. Basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabaar made an appearance.
But the night was all Hillary Clinton's. No surprise, she accepted the party's nomination for president, fulfilling a nearly decade-long quest and making history along the way as the first woman representing a major party to run for the country's top office.
The fact wasn't lost on Twitter:
Clinton's acceptance at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia lit up Twitter, Facebook and the rest of social media, which has become a key avenue for the public to discuss politics. Conversations that used to take place over beers in a bar now take place on the internet's many digital chalkboards. And rather than discuss the issues one-to-one, the conversations on Twitter and Facebook allow voters to speak their minds to everyone at once.
Clinton didn't disappoint the internet. In a speech long on both soaring optimism and sober caution, Clinton made the case that the US is a country of inclusion and prosperity. She also took aim at her Republican challenger, Donald Trump, whose campaign has made the case that the US is in decline.
"He's taken the Republican Party a long way from morning in America to midnight in America," she said. Later, she said, "Love trumps hate," prompting the following tweet:
She also offered an olive branch to Sen. Bernie Sanders, whose hard-fought campaign revealed cracks in the party. "Your cause," she said, "is our cause."
Some observers noted that Sanders seemed unmoved:
Even some Republicans said they were moved by Hillary's speech. Rich Galen, a former press secretary for Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich, had this to say:
In taking a shot at Trump, Clinton gave a shout-out to the power of Twitter. "A man you can bait with a tweet," she said, referring to Trump, "is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons."
Twitter said the nod to its influence was the most tweeted moment of the speech:
Trump was initially silent on Hillary's speech and simply let people know he had been in Iowa:
Then he got active and unleashed a 6-installment tweetstorm on Clinton that included this slam:
Before taking the stage, Clinton's daughter introduced her, recounting the nominee's dedication as a mother and grandmother. Clinton repaid the compliments:
Chelsea Clinton also referenced the movie "Pride and Prejudice" and the book "A Wrinkle in Time," prompting both to trend on Twitter:
Some people were just happy to make it to a television in time to watch the speech:
Updated at 9:09 a.m. PT Friday: to include Trump response and Twitter comment on most-tweeted moment.
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