“We have to Drive this Country to Justice,” DNC Day 1: Protest & Speeches
The 2016 Democratic National Convention began Monday in Philadelphia, with Hillary Clinton named as the Democratic nominee for the coming election. Photo by Justin Reed, the Vista.
The Democratic National Convention kicked off at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Monday. It was a night full of speeches– from First Lady Michelle Obama, to Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.
Protests began Monday with demonstrators protesting out across Philly.
Sanders’ supporters were upset with the Democratic National Committee after a leak of DNC emails showing efforts to help Clinton in the Democratic Party, according to the Washington Post.
Despite his supporters protesting the convention, the Vermont senator spoke in primetime Monday at the DNC, asking his supporters to support Clinton.
Monday night’s DNC primetime speakers drew over 26 million viewers, according to CNN.
We have got to defeat Donald Trump and do everything we can to elect Hillary Clinton to the White house. #DemsInPhilly
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) July 25, 2016
First Lady Michelle Obama came to Philadelphia and lit up the stage for Hillary Clinton.
In her speech to delegates and the entire nation, Michelle Obama asked Americans to set aside fear.
“Don’t let anyone tell you that this country isn’t great- that somehow we need to make it great again- because this right now is the greatest country on Earth,” she told the audience.
Even the President chimed in on Twitter:
Incredible speech by an incredible woman. Couldn't be more proud & our country has been blessed to have her as FLOTUS. I love you, Michelle.
— President Obama (@POTUS44) July 26, 2016
Oklahoma’s own Elizabeth Warren, a hopeful pick that some progressive Democrats were wanting for Clinton’s vice president, came out last night with a message of support for Clinton.
Warren was born in Oklahoma City and graduated from Northwest Classen High School.
The Massachusetts Senator has been a harsh critic of Donald Trump on Twitter.
Tuesday the two lashed out on Twitter:
— Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) July 26, 2016
Philadelphia is gearing up for President #42.
President Bill Clinton will speak Tuesday night.
“We need to pour every last ounce of our passion and our strength and our love for this country into electing Hillary Clinton,” said Michelle Obama Monday night.
But not everyone in the city of ‘Brotherly Love’ is here in support of Clinton.
One demonstrator said he’s a democrat that ‘isn’t supporting’ Hillary Clinton. He’s voting for Donald Trump.
Why? Because he says Hillary will ‘do nothing’ to stop ISIS.
Security has been tight at the DNC. 6,000 officers are patrolling the streets of Philadelphia this week.
Also, the hot weather has attendees sweating it out with highs in the upper 90’s to low 100’s.
A sneak peek at Wednesday & Thursdays speakers:
Wednesday: President Obama & Vice President Joe Biden will be at the DNC.
Obama formally endorsed Hillary back in June.
Hillary Clinton will speak and is expected to accept the democratic nomination Thursday night following a speech from her daughter Chelsea Clinton.
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