Photos of Angry, Sad, Horrified Bernie Sanders Supporters During His Convention Speech
Bernie Sanders gave a rousing speech at the Democratic National Convention on Monday that sought to unify the Democratic Party behind Hillary Clinton’s candidacy. Some people, though, were not buying it. Specifically, Sanders’ most diehard supporters, some of whom promised to sit out the election or vote for a third-party candidate rather than back Clinton.
Here are the faces of some of the most disappointed, angry, and downright despondent Sanders supporters in Philadelphia on Monday.
Elizabeth Warren’s Convention Speech Was Not Inspiring. It Didn’t Have to Be.
Poor Elizabeth Warren. In her speech to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, she proved once again that she was one of the most effective surrogates that the Clinton campaign possesses. The problem was that she followed Michelle Obama's stunning speech, and paled a bit—OK, a lot—in comparison. Still, Warren's address—which clearly laid out the distinctions between the two parties—was an extremely smart attack on both Trump's GOP and the man himself, a clever two-pronged strategy that the Clinton campaign would be wise to use against Trump over the next three months.
Warren's speech attempted to do two things. The first was to define Donald Trump as "a man who must never be president of the United States." Warren seems to go after Trump with particular glee (and Trump clearly feels the same way about going after the woman he, oddly, refers to as "goofy Elizabeth Warren"). Part of her rhetorical strategy is to use a dismissively sarcastic tone while unleashing specific attacks, which prevents her from sounding glib and usually diminishes him. On Monday night, she talked about Trump's reaction to the housing crash, and his role in Trump University, and then shifted into a discussion of his tax plan and opposition to a minimum wage hike, all as an attempt to undermine his credibility among the working class voters who make up a chunk of his support. And then, every few sentences, she’d really bite. Trump, according to Warren, is "a man who has never sacrificed anything for anyone. Every second of every day."
One of the problems for Democrats in this election is that Hillary Clinton's extreme unpopularity reduces the built-in advantage that her party has over the GOP. But Warren circumvents this by focusing on the party more than the candidate. At a time when the Democratic president has strong approval ratings, and Americans view the Democratic Party more favorably than the Republican Party, Warren tried to characterize the election as a choice between parties and visions, or platforms. She compared the parties’ policies (from economics to science) and values. Or, as she put it, speaking of Democrats and Republicans, there is "a huge difference between the people trying to level out the playing field and the people trying to keep the system rigged."
Warren was probably never going to be Clinton's vice presidential choice, but she further proved on Monday night that she will continue to be a highly valued attack dog. She also remains the person with the best chance to unite the two wings of the Democratic Party. Her pragmatism in government and interest in the details of policymaking, combined with her appeal to a more liberal and activist base, and political dexterity, are entirely unique. The only thing left for her to prove is that, on the national stage, she can make the same strong case for herself that she can for others.
Bernie Sanders Couldn’t Start His Speech Because the Crowd Loved Him Too Much
Bernie Sanders' big Democratic National Convention speech on Monday was delayed for a not insignificant amount of time by his raucous supporters, who preferred to keep the applause raining down than to let the Vermont senator begin his address in support of Hillary Clinton.
Given the convention's earlier events, it seemed likely that he would bring the house down. But this was something else. They wouldn't even let the man speak!
DNC Live Blog: Bernie Gives Ringing Endorsement of Hillary, Saddens His Supporters
Below: Live updates from Slate's crack team of reporters on the ground in Philadelphia and its equally crack team of bloggers on the ground/couch in other important locations. (Yes, we're aware we've used that exact same joke before.)
Disability Rights Advocate Slams Donald Trump in DNC Speech
Anastasia Somoza, a disability rights advocate who has worked with the Clinton Foundation, was a hit with the crowd at the Democratic National Convention on Monday.
“Donald Trump doesn't see me, he doesn't hear me, and he definitely doesn't speak for me,” Somoza, who has cerebral palsy and spastic quadriplegia, told the crowd.* “I'm confident as president, Hillary Clinton will do everything in her power to promote the empowerment and humanity of all Americans.”
In an evening of less-than-memorable speeches, some of the strongest—and best received—have come from those who are not elected officials.
*Correction, July 26, 2016: This post originally misquoted Somoza as saying that Trump "definitely doesn't think for me."
Watch Bernie Supporter Sarah Silverman Tell Bernie or Busters to Grow the Hell Up
Comedian Sarah Silverman delivered the ad lib of the Democratic National Convention on Monday night. While introducing Paul Simon, Silverman was explaining why—as a Bernie Sanders backer during the primary—she was now throwing her support behind Hillary Clinton.
“I will vote for Hillary with gusto as I continue to be inspired and moved to action by the ideals set forth by Bernie, who will never stop fighting for us,” she said. “I am proud to be a part of Bernie's movement and a vital part of that movement is making absolutely sure that Hillary Clinton is president of the United States. Booyah, Baba Booey”
Sanders’ supporters had already disrupted the proceedings on multiple occasions earlier in the day and some of them again began to chant for "Bernie! Bernie!" To no avail, Silverman tried to steer the crowd to a chant of “Unity! Unity!”
Then she dropped this fun little truth bomb: “Can I just say to the Bernie or Bust people: You’re being ridiculous.”
That was one of the biggest applause lines of the night, and it was one of the first moments where it actually felt like the Hillary Clinton people in the hall outnumbered the Bernie Sanders people by the margin that they actually do.
How the DNC Neutralized Bernie’s Discontents. For Now.
PHILADELPHIA—Though the Democratic National Convention was gaveled in by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake instead of by deposed chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Sanders delegates were still restless at the start of the afternoon program. The usual chants of “BERN-IE, BERN-IE” could be heard about every 30 seconds—not for any particular reason, but typically when the names of either Hillary Clinton or Tim Kaine had been dropped.
At first it was mostly a nuisance, the shouting and the booing, and not really damaging to the work of the convention. Rep. Marcia Fudge, the permanent chairwoman of the convention, saw the need to lay a marker early as she was interrupted by chants and boos. “May I just make a point?” she said, interrupting her remarks. “I intend to be fair. I want to hear the varying opinions here. I am going to be respectful of you. And I want you to be respectful of me.”
This made little difference. As I walked by the Louisiana and Colorado delegations, a group of Sanders supporters wearing white baseball caps with a graphic of a bird next to Sanders’ name were going through one of their “BERN-IE” waves. An older black woman sitting in front of them looked away and rolled her eyes.
The discontent was concentrated in certain Sanders-friendly pockets. The Wisconsin-Indiana seating corridor is rowdy. Near the back, the Washington-Oregon axis is rowdy. But the rowdiest section might be in California, simply because of its 475 delegates. Though Clinton won the state, proportional allocation ensured Sanders would still collect 221 delegates. Many of them were sitting together—near the back of the section, like cool kids—and hollering about the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
The platform committee had punted on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, choosing to acknowledge that the party had differing views—and then not siding with either of them, despite its two presidential candidates theoretically opposing the agreement. (Word is the Obama administration pushed to nix a provision trashing the trade deal his administration spent years negotiating.) Many delegates, mostly for Sanders, came to the Wells Fargo Center on Monday with signs depicting TPP crossed out. If all of this first-day angst from Sanders delegates was to be channeled into something meaningful, it would be a rejection of the platform.
But the convention managers handled the job well. Rather than just rushing out to pass the report without saying much about it—the mistake the RNC made as it moved to pass its rules package last week—the DNC trotted out several speakers ahead of the process to talk about the Sanders campaign’s gains.
Maine state Rep. Diane Russell spoke of her successful efforts on the rules committee to limit the number of superdelegates in conventions going forward. When Sanders’ California supporters began chanting “NOT FOR SALE,” she acknowledged them and repeated their words.
“I want to be clear,” Russell said. “We did not win by ‘selling out.’ We won this by standing. We did this by standing together.”
Ben Jealous, the former NAACP president and one of Sanders’ top surrogates during his campaign, also spoke and ran through various planks in “the most progressive platform in history.” There were scattered boos from Sanders delegates when he urged them to support Clinton. But it was nothing like earlier in the day, when Sanders himself urged the same.
This cushioning of the TPP-neutral platform’s passage worked. When Fudge called the report up for a voice vote, the ayes were loud at first, and then kept their noise levels up—perhaps anticipating a wave of nays they hoped to drown out. Fudge wisely gave the ayes time to quiet down so that the nays could be registered, and once she finally called them, it was clear the ayes had it.
Sanders delegates, perhaps satisfied by the blandishments, or perhaps simply tired out, have been much quieter ever since.
Man Kills At Least 15 in Japan During Stabbing Attack at Center for the Disabled
The world is a horrible place news alert: A man in Japan was arrested after stabbing and killing 15 people and injuring 45 more at a center for disabled people early Tuesday morning (local time). The attack took place in Sagamihara, Japan, an hour or so outside of Tokyo. Early reports from Japanese broadcaster NHK indicate the attacker is a man in his 20s and a former employee of the center. He broke into the facility around 2:30 a.m. and turned himself into police following the attack.
The Monday Slatest Newsletter
Today's biggest stories:
- There's significant evidence that Russia was behind the hack of Democratic National Committee emails which has led to Debbie Wasserman Schultz's resignation, and general party chaos, on the eve of the Democratic convention in Philadelphia.
- Meanwhile, Donald Trump has passed Hillary Clinton in the polls. (Here's today's Trump Apocalypse Watch.)
- And the WikiLeaks Twitter account has been sending out some weird references to Judaism.
- In incidents of depressingly routine violence, 18 people were shot outside a Florida club and a Syrian refugee blew himself up in Germany.
- Michael Jordan, who's famously averse to getting involved in politics, denounced police violence against black Americans (and also denounced targeted killings of police officers) and made $2 million in donations to police/community reform groups.
- Finally, here's a DNC live-blog that we'll be updating throughout the night.
Have a good night out there.
Watch Night 1 of the Democratic National Convention Live
Hot on the heels of its shaky Republican counterpart, the Democratic National Convention kicks off in the City of Brotherly Love on Monday night. Forecast to be a snooze-fest until recently, the lead-up to the Philadelphia convention has mired even its most mundane procedures in controversy. On Monday, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, R-Florida, announced she’d no longer be gaveling the convention into session and would be resigning from her role as Democratic National Committee chairwoman after possibly Russian-hacked emails released by WikiLeaks on Friday cast doubt on the DNC’s impartiality during the Democratic primary. Accordingly, Monday night’s most hotly anticipated speech is that of erstwhile presidential candidate and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who ran into trouble of his own Monday when his support for Hillary Clinton and her newly minted running mate, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, was met with a chorus of boos from diehard progressive voters.
Will Monday night live up to its aspirational moniker, “United Together”? Tune into our live stream of CBS News’ coverage to find out, and follow Slate’s convention live-blog here. Other speakers are set to include Sen. Elizabeth Warren, DREAM Act supporter Astrid Silva, and first lady Michelle Obama.