Sanders stands united with Clinton despite DNC chaos
WASHINGTON, July 26, 2016 — Addressing delegates at the Democratic National Convention, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders urged his supporters not to engage in any protest.
Sanders sent out an early message to his floor supporters:
I ask you as a personal courtesy to me to not engage in any kind of protest on the floor. It’s of utmost importance you explain this to your delegations.
Sanders delivered a message of disaster for Democrats if Donald Trump is elected president, calling for unity. He drew loud boos from his supporters, who chanted “Bernie, Bernie” when he asked them to support Hillary Clinton.
During his speech he said,
We have to elect Secretary Clinton, who on every single issue—fighting for the middle class, on health care, on climate change—is a far, far superior candidate to Trump.
Sanders’ message to his supporters comes just hours after protestors took to the streets to protest Clinton’s nomination. Their rage was fueled by leaked emails showing that the DNC attempted to derail the Sanders campaign.
Sanders assured his followers that the revolution which launched him continues today.
Together, my friends, we have begun a political revolution to transform America and that revolution—Our Revolution—continues. Election days come and go. But the struggle of the people to create a government which represents all of us, and not just the 1 percent, a government based on the principles of economic, social, racial and environmental justice—that struggle continues.
Despite tensions being high in the Democratic party, Sanders called on his supporters to back Hillary Clinton:
Immediately, right now, we have got to defeat Donald Trump, and we have got to elect Hillary Clinton and [running mate] Tim Kaine.
Sanders is now working to help get down-ticket candidates elected all across the country, and he encouraged his supporters to knock on doors.
Clinton and Trump are both being challenged to unite their parties behind them. Until the DNC emails exploded onto the scene, it seemed that Clinton had made good progress to that goal with the help of Sanders. The mountain the Democrats have to clime became abruptly taller over the weekend.
Reports are that the DNC Convention is in chaos, both politically and physically.
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) July 26, 2016
The weather in Philly is delivering record highs, high humidity and storms. There is water on the convention center floor and inadequate air conditioning.
Folks don’t boo the First Lady tonight at Wells Fargo. You have to get back to your hotels in PHILLY in one piece.Just saying.
— ProfB (@AntheaButler) July 26, 2016
There is gridlock to get in and out of the convention, hours long waits for taxis and uber cars, and hotels are being described as ridiculously expensive, CNBC reporting increases over 50 percent on rates:
Here’s what you can expect to spend for less-than-luxurious accommodations:
- A two-star hotel room in Philadelphia ranges from $134 per night to $499 per night during the convention, according to data from hotel booking site Priceline.
- An extra star will cost $223 per night to $699 per night, Priceline estimates.
Need donations. Philly mayor Can’t sleep on streets or parks. Hotels are 600+ per mo. already booked. https://t.co/IXdN0wQVi5
— Renee Wimbley (@Ren102e906) July 1, 2016
Philly update: 90+ degrees, miles of urban wilderness between venue & hotels, a vast security perimeter means the commute takes up to 1 hour
— Josiah Daniel Ryan (@JosiahRyan) July 25, 2016
The Democrats are also leaving massive mess behind for workers to clean:
— King Robbo (@realkingrobbo) July 26, 2016
Clinton’s nomination will take place as scheduled; the militant “Bernie Bros” are, as pundits have said, creating a tempest in a teapot. But that teapot is letting out a long, piercing wail that makes it hard to concentrate hard on much else. The DNC has put itself in a difficult position. Hillary will have to settle for a nomination in Philadelphia; the triumphal coronation is ruined.