PHILADELPHIA, July 26, 2016 — The City of Brotherly Love has exploded into anger not seen since the Eagles missed the playoffs. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the Democrat presidential nominee, but supporters of Bernie Sanders have refused to accept her.
Ousting Debbie Wasserman-Schultz from her DNC Chair post has not satiated the bloodlust of the Sanders supporters.
They are enraged. They do not want to work within the political system. They want to tear it down. Hillary Clinton is the system. They want to tear her down, making calls for unity seem hollow.
Most of the speakers inside the convention hall were lightweights, with the major speakers to appear Wednesday and Thursday. Tuesday was relegated to former Attorney General Eric Holder railing about racism and actress Lena Dunham saying nothing of intelligence or consequence.
Tuesday’s only former notable speaker was former President Bill Clinton, and even he could not restore calm. The best orator Democrats have had in the last 50 years was reduced to telling delegates that he loves his wife.
His kind words inside the Wells Fargo arena was no match for the rage bubbling over outside of it.
Adding fuel to the fire were the Black Lives Matter protesters. Attempts to coddle them are seen as weakness.
On the stage inside, Mike Brown’s mother and other relatives of blacks killed by police officers were honored. Outside, BLM protesters were still yelling and screaming.
In a logical, rational movement, allies would work together. Despite both BLM and Sanders supporters being hardcore leftists, BLM refuses to accept the overwhelmingly white Sanders supporters. Sanders supporters beg BLM to accept them, and BLM screams at them.
When the two groups inevitably range, the police that they all hate have to get involved and save their lives. Naturally, the police are not respected for keeping these groups from killing each other and everyone around them.
Tensions were further enflamed when Sanders delegates refused to accept Clinton as the nominee. Even Bernie Sanders himself pleading for calm and unity failed to calm them. His delegates stormed out of the convention in protest.
This led to his supporters trying to climb over a wall to get inside the arena. Police kept the peace, but barely.
Many Sanders supporters vowed to support Green Party nominee Jill Stein. While Clinton claims to be the first ever American female presidential nominee, it was Ms. Stein who earned that distinction as the Green nominee in 2012.
She is the first woman to be nominated in two consecutive elections. Some Sanders supporters are even willing to back Republican nominee Trump. A precious few are backing Libertarian Gary Johnson.
Losing even a fraction of the Sanders voters would be devastating for Clinton in November.
Given how bad things were on Convention Tuesday, it could be far worse when Hillary Clinton arrives on Thursday. The anti-Hillary protests are getting larger and stronger. The speakers inside the convention hall are speaking to a few hundred delegates.
The protesters outside the convention hall are being seen and heard around the world.