Democrats overlooked recent controversy over leaked e-mails from the Democratic National Committee and came together in Philadelphia during the first day of the Democratic Convention to help support Democratic nominee Hilary Clinton in her presidential bid.
Bernie Sanders received strong support from the convention crowd, thanked the 13 million people who supported his political revolution, and admitted that the upcoming presidential election is about the “needs of the American people” and the kind of future we create for our children and grandchildren.
“This election is about remembering where we were 7 and a half years ago when President Obama came into office after eight years of Republican trickle down economics” Sanders said.
Sanders displayed his willingness to stand behind Hilary Clinton against Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and used his vast knowledge about income inequality to make the case that Clinton stands up for worker’s rights and is better suited to support raising the minimum wage.
“He does not support raising the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, a starvation wage. While Donald Trump believes in huge tax breaks for billionaires, he believes that states should have the right to lower the minimum wage below $7.25. What an outrage!” Sanders said.
Sanders explained that Clinton understands that if someone works 40 hours a week, that person should not be living in poverty.
“She understands that we must raise the minimum wage to a living wage. And she is determined to create million of jobs by rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure- our roads, bridges, water systems and wastewater plants” Sanders said.
Concerning climate change, Sanders pointed out that Trump chooses to reject science and believes that climate change is a “hoax”… no need to address it.
“Hilary Clinton believes that a president’s job is to worry about future generations, not short term profits of the fossil fuel industry” Sanders stated.
Other Speakers Weigh In At Convention
First lady Michelle Obama gave a powerful speech that subtly criticized Donald Trump by pointing out that as parents in the White House they urge their daughters to ignore those who question their father’s citizenship or faith.
“I want someone with proven strength to persevere, someone who knows this job and takes it seriously, someone who understands that the issues a president faces are not black and white and cannot be boiled down to 140 characters” Michelle Obama said in reference to Trump’s tendency to tweet biting messages aimed at dividing such as this new one:
Bernie Sanders totally sold out to Crooked Hillary Clinton. All of that work, energy and money, and nothing to show for it! Waste of time.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2016
Michelle Obama said that leaders like Hilary Clinton “has the guts and the grace to keep coming back and putting those cracks in that highest and hardest glass ceiling until she finally breaks through, lifting all of us along with her.”
Later in her speech, Obama admitted that “because of Hillary Clinton, my daughters and all our sons and daughters now take for granted that a woman can be president of the United States.”
Some of the other speakers who spoke at the convention includes Democratic Senator Corey Booker, from New Jersey who was vetted as Clinton’s VP pick and gave a passionate speech.
“We must build bridges across our differences to pursue our common good” Booker said.
Comedian Sara Silverman, a die hard Bernie Sanders supporter in the primary season, gave a bold speech in which she went off script and told the “Bernie or Bust” crowd that “you are being ridiculous” as she spoke with Senator Al Franken.
“Hilary is our democratic nominee and I will proudly vote for her” Silverman told the Democratic crowd.