US Senator Bernie Sanders stands by Hillary Clinton on Democratic National Convention but attacks Donald Trump

July 26, 2016 10:30 am

• Senator stands by Clinton saying she will “make an outstanding president”.
• First Lady Michelle Obama addresses the delegates saying “when they go low, we go high”.
• Debbie Wasserman Schultz booed

Day one of the Democratic National Convention has wrapped up.
As it happened:
3.23pm:
“I have known Hillary Clinton for 25 years. I remember her as a great
first lady who broke precedent in terms of the role that a first lady
was supposed to play as she helped lead the fight for universal health
care. I served with her in Senate and know her as a
fierce advocate for the rights of children.
“Hillary Clinton will make an outstanding president and I am proud to stand with her here tonight.”

3.19pm: Sanders says: “In these stressful
times for our country, this election must be about bringing our people
together, not dividing up. While Donald Trump is busy insulting one
group after another, Hillary Clinton understands that our diversity is
one of our greatest strengths. Yes. We become stronger when black and
white, Latino, Asian-American, Native American – all of us – stand
together. Yes. We become stronger when men and women, young and old, gay
and straight, native born and immigrant fight to create the kind of
country we all know we can become.
“It is no secret that Hillary
Clinton and I disagree on a number of issues. That’s what this campaign
has been about. That’s what democracy is about. But I am happy to tell
you that at the Democratic Platform Committee there was a significant
coming together between the two campaigns and we produced, by far, the
most progressive platform in the history of the Democratic Party.”
3.15pm:
“This election is about climate change, the greatest environmental
crisis facing our planet, and the need to leave this world in a way that
is healthy and habitable for our kids and future generations. Hillary
Clinton is listening to the scientists who tell us that – unless we act
boldly and transform our energy system in the very near future – there
will be more drought, more floods, more acidification of the oceans,
more rising sea levels. She understands that when we do that we can
create hundreds of thousands of good-paying jobs.
“Donald Trump?
Well, like most Republicans, he chooses to reject science. He believes
that climate change is a “hoax,” no need to address it. Hillary Clinton
understands that a president’s job is to worry about future generations,
not the short-term profits of the fossil fuel industry.”
3.14pm: “This election is about
the thousands of young people I have met who have left college deeply in
debt, and the many others who cannot afford to go to college. During
the primary campaign, Secretary Clinton and I both focused on this issue
but with different approaches. Recently, however, we have come together
on a proposal that will revolutionise higher education in America. It
will guarantee that the children of any family this country with an
annual income of $125,000 a year or less – 83 percent of our population –
will be able to go to a public college or university tuition free. That
proposal also substantially reduces student debt.”
3.08pm:
“Hillary Clinton understands that if someone in America 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 millions of new jobs by rebuilding our crumbling
infrastructure – our roads, bridges, water systems and wastewater
plants.
“But her opponent – Donald Trump – well, he has a very
different view. 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 actually
have the right to lower the minimum wage below $7.25. What an outrage!”
2.58pm:
“I understand that many people here in this convention hall and around
the country are disappointed about the final results of the nominating
process. I think it’s fair to say that no one is more disappointed than I
am. But to all of our supporters – here and around the country – I hope
you take enormous pride in the historical accomplishments we have
achieved.”

Former Democratic Presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, at the Democratic National Convention. Photo / AP
3pm: “This election is not about, and has
never been about, Hillary Clinton, or Donald Trump, or Bernie Sanders or
any of the other candidates who sought the presidency. This election is
not about political gossip. It’s not about polls. It’s not about
campaign strategy. It’s not about fundraising. It’s not about all the
things the media spends so much time discussing.
“This election
is about – and must be about – the needs of the American people and the
kind of future we create for our children and grandchildren.”
2.51pm: Sanders has thanked Michelle Obama for her “incredible service to our country”.
“She has made Americans proud.”
2.50pm: Bernie Sanders has been introduced.
2.45pm: Warren says Trump’s entire campaign is just one more long Trump infomercial.
“Hand
over your money… and the great Trump hot air machine will hand over
all the answers. And for one low-low price, he’ll even throw in a goofy
hat!”
Warren says the choice in the presidential election is
clear, and she says Republican nominee Donald Trump “cares about himself
every minute of every day.”
Warren tells the crowd: “I’m with Hillary. This choice is personal. It’s about who we are as a people.”
Warren says “there’s lots of wealth in America” but “it isn’t trickling down to families like yours.”
Instead, she tells delegates, the “system is rigged” as “Americans bust their tails” while “wages stay flat.”
Warren
rejects those who say such an economy is a result of a Congress that
isn’t working. She says Congress works fine when corporations and the
wealthy seek tax breaks and favorable regulations.
But she says, “try to do something for working people,” and the “gridlock” ensues.
Warren says GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s “whole life has been about taking advantage of that rigged system.”
2.40pm:“Trump
thinks he can win votes by fanning the flames of fear and hatred. By
turning neighbor against neighbor. By persuading you that the real
problem in America is your fellow Americans – people who don’t look like
you, or don’t talk like you, or don’t worship like you.”
2.37pm: The Honorable Elizabeth Warren, Senator, Massachusett has criticised Trump
“Not
once did he lift a finger to help working people… time after time, he
preyed on working people, people in debt… he’s conned them, he’s
defrauded them and he’s ripped them off”
2.22pm: “I wake up every morning in a
house that was built by slaves. And I watch my daughters, beautiful
intelligent black young women, playing with their dog on the White House
lawn.
“And 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.
“So don’t let anyone ever 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.
“We need to do what we did four years ago and eight years ago” and elect Hillary Clinton president.”

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Photo / AP
2.18pm: Michell Obama says Clinton “has
the guts and the grace to keep coming back and putting cracks in that
highest and hardest glass ceiling until she finally breaks through, and
lifts all of us with her.”
2.16pm: Michelle Obama has praised Hillary Clinton’s reaction after losing back in 2008.
“What I admire most about Hillary is that she never [folds] under pressure. She never takes the easy way out.
“That’s what I want. I want someone who has the proven strength to persevere.”
2.13pm:
Michelle Obama says this election is not about Democratic or Republican
but rather is about “who will have the power to shape our children for
the next four or eight years of their lives.”
“In this election there is only one person who I trust with that responsibility.. and that is our friend Hillary Clinton.”
2.08pm: “It’s hard to believe that it has been eight years since I first came to this convention,” Michelle Obama says.
The first lady talks about her daughters and “the joy of watching them grow.”
“I
will never forget that winter morning as I watched our girls, just 7
and 10 years old, pile into those black SUVs with so many men with guns,
their little faces pressed to the windows, and I thought, what have we
done?”
She says “we urge them to ignore those who question their
father’s citizenship or faith.. we insist” that hateful language does
not represent the country.
“How we explain that when someone is
cruel and acts like a bully, you don’t stoop to their level. No, our
motto is, when they go low, we go high.”

First Lady Michelle Obama waves to delegates
during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in
Philadelphia. Photo / AP
2.03pm: Cheryl Lankford, whose husband, an army sergeant major, died in Baghdad in 2007 is speaking now.
The Democrats air a video of Lankford telling the story of being taken for $35,000 by Trump University.
“I’m
here because America deserves to know the truth. This election isn’t
about Democrat versus Republican. It’s about right versus wrong.”
Donald
Trump made big promises about Trump University. And I was fooled into
believing him. Now he’s making big promises about America. Please don’t
make the same mistake.”
2pm: Michelle Obama is due to speak next.
1.45pm: The Honorable Cory Booker, United States Senator, New Jersey is speaking.
“We
have a presidential nominee in Hillary Clinton who knows that, in a
time of stunningly wide disparities of wealth in our nation, America’s
greatness must not be measured by how many millionaires and billionaires
we have, but by how few people we have living in poverty.”
“Hillary
knows when workers make a fair wage, it doesn’t just help their
families, it builds a stronger, more durable economy that expands
opportunity and makes all Americans wealthier.”
“She knows that
in a global knowledge-based economy, the country that out-educates the
world will out-earn the world, out-innovate the world, and lead the
world.”
“She knows that debt-free college is not a gift, it’s not
a charity, it’s an investment. It represents the best of our values,
the best of our history, the best of our party: Bernie’s ideas,
Hillary’s ideas, our shared ideas. Our shared values.
“Hillary
Clinton knows what Donald Trump betrays time and again in this campaign:
that we are not a zero sum nation, it is not you or me, it is not one
American against another. It is you and I together, interdependent,
interconnected with one single interwoven American destiny.”
1.35pm: Actress and activist Eva Longoria has said she’s proud to say “I’m with her!”
“When
Donald Trump calls us criminals and rapists, he’s insulting American
families. My father was not a criminal or a rapist. In fact he’s a
United States veteran.
“Hillary’s been fighting for us for decades. Now it’s time to fight for her!”

Actress Eva Longoria speaks during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Photo / AP
1.28pm: Paul Simon is now performing.
1.15pm: Sarah Silverman and Senator Al Frankin are now on the stage.
Sarah Silverman has addressed her support for Bernie Sanders.
“Not only did Bernie wake us up he made us realise what is possible and what we deserve,” she said.
Hillary heard the passion of the people, the people behind Bernie and brought those people on board she said.
“That is democracy at its best.
“It’s so inspiring. Just a few months ago she was a secretary and now she could be president!
“She’s
like the only person to be overqualified for the job as the president.
So I tell you this, I will vote for Hillary with gusto.
“I am
proud to be part of Bernie’s movement. And a big part of that movement
is to make absolutely sure that Hillary Clinton is elected president of
the United States.”
She said to the “Bernie or bust” people: “You’re being ridiculous”.
“Thank God they can fix this in post [production],” she jokes.
1.05pm:
Anastasia Somoza, who, along with her twin sister, was diagnosed with
cerebral palsy and spastic quadriplegia when she was born and is an
advocate for Americans with intellectual and developmental disabilities
and supports Hillary Clinton.
Somoza first met President Bill Clinton in 1993 at a town hall meeting for kids and is a former Hillary Clinton intern.
“Donald Trump has shown us who he really is,” she said.
“I
honestly feel bad for anyone with that much hate in their heart. I know
we will show each other, and the world, who we really are in November –
when we choose genuine strength and thoughtful leadership – over fear
and division. Donald Trump doesn’t see me, he doesn’t hear me, and he
definitely doesn’t speak for me.”
She said she is confident
confident Hillary Clinton will do everything in her power to support the
rights and humanity of all Americans.
12.56pm: US Senator Al Franken has the crowd laughing with his digs at Donald Trump.
I’m
Al Franken. Minnesota Senator and world renowned expert on right wing
megalomaniacs: Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly, and now, Donald Trump,” he
said introducing himself.
“I got my doctorate in megalomania studies from Trump University,” Franken said.
“As
a proud alum of Trump U, I think we may be misunderestimating Mr Trump.
Sure he’s scammed a lot of people, but did you know that Mr Trump’s
school of ripping people off is ranked second in the nation? Right
behind Bernie Madoff University.”
“I think rather than voting for
someone who’s never done anything other than himself, maybe we should
vote for a candidate” who’s devoted her life to improving the lives of
other people, Franken said.
“I am proud to call Hillary Clinton my friend and I can’t wait to call her madam President.”

Sen. Al Franken, speaks during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Photo / AP
12.46pm: The Honorable Kirsten Gillibrand, United States Senator, New York, is now speaking.
“Like most working parents my husband and I juggle a lot …some days we barely keep it together.
“The vast majority of working parents have it a lot tougher …Washington hasn’t caught up to their reality,” she said.
She said policies are stuck “in the Mad Men era”.
“We
know when families are strong America is strong, Hillary Clinton gets
it …it’s about her core values, the idea we have that we have a
responsibility to one another.”
“It’s why as President she will bring our workplace policies out of the dark ages and always, always put families first.”
12.41pm:
A police spokesman says there are no immediate injuries being reported
from the strong storm that led protesters to seek shelter under highway
underpasses during the convention.
However, 41 people have been treated for heat-related issues or other injuries during protests.
12.37pm: The next speaksers will talk about ‘an economy that works for all.’
The
Honorable Bob Casey, United States Senator, Pennsylvania, is
criticising Donald Trump for outsourcing the productions of his goods
overseas.
“The man who wants to make America great doesn’t make anything in America.”
12.27pm: The convention is now addressing the issue of ensuring equality.
Speaking
just now is Jarron Collins, assistant coach of the Golden State
Warriors and brother of gay former Wizards center Jason Collins.
He has slammed Donald Trump as a “bully.”
12.12pm: The Honorable Luis Gutiérrez, Member of the US House of Representatives, Illinois, is now addressing the convention.
“Immigrants contribute to our communities and make America a great nation,” he said.
“About 11 million undocument immigrants live, work and pay taxes …a lot of their families include US citizens just like me.
“A fair immigation system is better for all of America.”
12.04pm: The convention will now address the issues of keeping families together.
Speaking
first is 11-year-old Karla Ortiz. Karla is an American citizen but her
parents, including her mother, Francisca, are undocumented and live in
fear of deportation.
“My parents came here looking for a better life.
“I
don’t deel brave every day, most days I’m scared my mum and my dad will
be forced to leave and I wonder what if I come home and find it empty,”
she said.
“I was to grow up to be a lawyer so I can help other families like us.
“Hilary Clinton told me that she would do everything she could to help us …that she will be the worrying for me.”

11-year-old Karla Ortiz, left, of Las Vegas, speaks during the first day of the Democratic National Convention. Photo / AP
11.48am: Singer-songwriter Demi Lovato is speaking about mental illness.
“Like
millions of Americans, I am living with mental illness. But I am lucky.
I had the resources and support to get treatment at a top facility.
Unfortunately, too many Americans from all walks of life don’t get help,
either because they fear the stigma or cannot afford treatment.
“Untreated
mental illness can lead to devastating consequences, including suicide,
substance abuse, and long-term medical issues. We can do better. Every
one of us can make a difference. By getting educated on this epidemic
and its frightening statistics and by breaking the stigma, I urge every
politician to support laws that will provide access to better healthcare
and support for everyone.
“This is not about . It’s
simply the right thing to do. I’m doing my very small part by having the
treatment center that saw me through my recovery on tour with me so
that at least a small group of people, even for a brief moment, have the
same support that I received.
“It may not be a lot but we have
to believe every small action counts. I stand here today as proof that
you can live a normal and empowered life with mental illness.”

Singer Demi Lavato speaks about mental health issues during the first day of the Democratic National Convention. Photo / AP
11.40am: Pam Livengood from Keene, NH. has taken the stage.
Pam
and her family have been personally affected by the growing substance
abuse epidemic and are guardians for their grandson because of their
daughter’s struggle with addiction.

Demonstrators take shelter from a rain storm in Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park. Photo / AP
11.35am: Philadelphia officials are urging
those protesting in a park across from the site of the Democratic
convention to seek shelter from a storm rolling through the area with
thunderstorms and heavy rain.
A media tent in the parking lot of the Wells Fargo Center arena is also being evacuated.
11.30am: A major storm is approaching Philadelphia and a flash flood warning has been issued.

10.55am: Rev. Leah Daughtry, CEO of the 2016 Democratic National Convention says “none of us succeed unless all of us succesed.”
She says it’s important to recognise the worth of every person.
“This week we will take one huge step towards breaking the highest glass ceiling by nominating our candidate Hillary Clinton.”
10.42am: The Honorable Dannel Malloy, Governor of Connecticut is now speaking.
“We are stronger together, we need to lift up our brothers and sisters and ignore the taunts of bullies,” he said.
“That is why I’m a Democrat and why I’m proud to support Hillary Clinton.
“Every American has the right to enjoy success in life.”
10.30am:
The Honorable Tina Kotek, Member, Oregon House of Representatives is
now speaking saying she is proud to be the “first lesbian speaker of any
state house in our nation”.
“We have come so far, and we cannot,
we cannot go back. I’m known for being someone who tells it like it is.
And the fact is, I’m with Hillary because she is with me”
10.28am: Former Sanders staffers are pitching in to try to quell the floor revolt.

10.20am: New York representative Adriano Espaillat is the first Spanish speaker of the evening.
10.17am: Representative Nita Lowey from New York has taken to the stage.
“It is my pleasure to join you in this city of Brotherly Love to nominate our first sister president!” she says.
10.11am:
Authorities have begun detaining protesters who tried to climb over
barricades manned by police at the edge of the security zone that
surrounds the site of the Democratic convention.
Over 40 people have been detained.
10.10am: Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ)Rep. Raúl Grijalva from Arizona is now speaking.
“I stand here in support of Hillary Clinton,” he says.
9.53am: Ben Jealous, former NAACP head and Sanders delegate, is now stage.
“Bernie
will be here tonight. And as he said to us today, today is our day to
begin to unify so that we can defeat Donald Trump,” he said.
“Defeat Trump, and make Hillary Clinton president of these United States!”
9.50am: Bernie Sanders texted his delegate whips to get their delegations to stop floor protests.
“I
ask you as a personal courtesy to me to not engage in any kind of
protest on the floor,” said a text from Sanders. “It is of utmost
importance you explain this to your delegations.”
The text was signed, “-Bernie”.
9.45am: Paul Booth, member, platform drafting committee is now speaking

A delegate wears a hat with a bubble-head
doll of Democratic Presidential candidate Sec. Hillary Clinton during
the first day of the Democratic National Convention. Photo / AP
Earlier:
Outgoing Democratic
National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz will excuse herself
from gavelling in the party’s national convention Tuesday, bowing to
heavy opposition from party activists following the leak of a trove of
embarrassing DNC emails.
“I have decided that in the interest of
making sure that we can start the Democratic convention on a high note
that I am not going to gavel in the convention,” Wasserman Schultz told
the Sun Sentinel newspaper in Florida, which first reported her plans.
The
decision was one of many dramatic developments during a day of discord
that threatened to distract from a lineup of high-profile speeches meant
to convey Democratic unity on the first day of the convention. The FBI
said it was investigating the email breach that triggered much of the
inta-party friction over the weekend.
The leak of emails that
showed DNC staff apparently scheming to help Clinton win the Democratic
primary looms over the four-day convention. Wasserman Schultz resigned
her post effective at the end of the event.
Vermont Senator
Bernie Sanders, Clinton’s main primary challenger, was cheered by
supporters at a rally Tuesday when he smiled and told the crowd that the
Florida congresswoman’s departure would “open the door” for new leaders
to take the reins.
“Her resignation opens up the possibility of
new leadership at the top of the Democratic Party that will stand with
working people,” Sanders said.
Minutes later, when Sanders
encouraged Democrats to elect Clinton and her running mate, Virginia
Senator Tim Kaine, the crowd started booing loudly.
Sanders tried to talk them back, arguing that Republican nominee Donald Trump “must be defeated.”
Wasserman
Schultz faced an angry backlash at a meeting of her home state
activists hours earlier. And liberal delegates stood ready to shower her
with boos if she had stepped onto the stage at the convention,
according to a top Democrat familiar with their plans.
The FBI
released a statement Tuesday saying that the agency was “investigating a
cyber intrusion involving the DNC and are working to determine the
nature and scope of the matter. A compromise of this nature is something
we take very seriously, and the FBI will continue to investigate and
hold accountable those who pose a threat in cyberspace.”
As she
took the podium at a Florida delegation breakfast, the South Florida
congresswoman faced boos, which competed with many of the cheers she
received.
“If I could ask everybody to settle down,” she told the
rowdy crowd as she struggled to maintain order. Moments later she
repeated herself: “All right everybody, now settle down. Settle down,
please.”
Another official then stepped in to try to restore order.
Trying
to speak over the noise, Wasserman Schultz acknowledged, “There’s a
little bit of interest in my being here, and I appreciate that
interest.”
Wasserman Schultz is preparing to leave Philadelphia
and return to Florida, according to two people familiar with ongoing
discussions who asked for anonymity to describe private conversations.
Spokespeople for the Clinton campaign and DNC didn’t return requests for
comment.
Convention officials are hoping to move past the drama
as the evening approaches. Two of the Democratic Party’s most popular
liberal stars – Sanders and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the
keynote speaker – will give speeches Monday night. First lady Michelle
Obama will also address the convention.
Addressing supporters
Tuesday, Sanders reflected on what he sees as key accomplishments during
and after his campaign. He praised supporters for helping secure “by
far the most progressive platform ever written in the history of the
Democratic Party” here at the convention.
“We showed in a way
that will change politics in our country forever that you can run a
competitive national campaign without begging billionaires for campaign
contributions,” said Sanders.
Volunteers from the Sanders
campaign were trying to pressure convention organisers for roll call
votes on the presidential and vice presidential nominations, which would
stretch out the process and highlight pockets of disagreement.
The Clinton campaign said there will be a roll-call vote on the nomination of Clinton to be president.
“We
anticipate there will be a roll-call vote tomorrow night and that every
vote will be counted, that we’ll go through all 50 states. We’re happy
to have it,” said Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon. Fallon said
he wasn’t sure whether the plan extended to the vice presidential
process.
Sanders’s address will be closely watched following
months of bruising competition with Clinton that left many of his
supporters deflated and angry with the process. Those hard feelings
threatened to boil over again here Tuesday after the email leak showed
party strategists appearing to plot against him during the campaign.
In
an interview on MSNBC Tuesday Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta
said the campaign had not seen a copy of the Vermont senator’s speech.
Wasserman
Schultz was pushed to resign by the release of thousands of emails
among party officials that appeared to show coordinated efforts to help
Clinton at the expense of her rivals in the Democratic primaries. That
undercut claims by the party and the Clinton campaign that the process
was open and fair for Sanders.
“It’s best for Hillary Clinton
that we have a new chair of the party. We’ll have that with Donna
Brazile,” Podesta said on MSNBC. Brazile, a veteran party strategist,
will take over as interim chair.
The email messages released by hackers were posted Saturday on the website WikiLeaks.
The
Clinton campaign – and several cybersecurity experts – said the leak
was a political ploy carried out by the Russian government to aid in the
election of Trump. National security officials are increasingly
concerned about possible efforts by Russia to meddle in the election,
according to several individuals familiar with the situation.
Mook
said that the DNC has begun a comprehensive review of its internal
emails to determine what damaging correspondence might be in the hands
of Russian hackers.
Wasserman Schultz has been told to be
prepared for an unwelcome reception, had she opened the convention, the
Democrat familiar with the plans to protest her said.
Republicans,
led by Trump, jumped to portray the leaked email episode as evidence
that the system was rigged for Clinton, whom Trump calls “Crooked
Hillary.”
“The State of Florida is so embarrassed by the antics
of Crooked Hillary Clinton and Debbie Wasserman Schultz that they will
vote for CHANGE!” Trump tweeted Tuesday.
As Democrats start their convention, Trump will be campaigning in two swing states: Virginia and North Carolina.
Also
campaigning in North Carolina Tuesday, Clinton took a swipe at Trump,
who once said he counted heavily on himself for foreign policy advice.
“You will never hear me say that I only listen to myself on national security,” Clinton said.
A
pair of new polls released Tuesday showed a competitive race heading
into the convention. A CNN/ORC survey conducted after the GOP convention
showed Trump jumping ahead of Clinton. A CBS poll showed that the
contest is effectively tied.
Even Clinton’s party was doing
battle with itself, she picked new Democratic support, as former vice
president Al Gore endorsed her on Twitter.
Throughout the first
day of the convention, Democrats are expected to try to cast a spotlight
on Clinton’s work on behalf of families.
Later in the week, the
party stalwarts will hear from President Obama, Vice President Biden and
former president Bill Clinton, among others. The convention will
culminate Thursday in a speech from Hillary Clinton, who is poised to
make history as the first woman to be nominated for president by a major
party.
Democrats were hoping to showcase a smooth, error-free
convention that would contrast sharply with last week’s Republican
gathering in Cleveland, which was marred by plagiarism and intra-party
skirmishes.
Instead, the email leaks and the upheaval at the top
ranks of the party threatened to upend Clinton’s plan to paint the
Democrats as the party best prepared to lead a divided and anxious
country and herself as the leader who can offer an optimistic
alternative to Republican nominee Donald Trump.
While Brazile is
taking over as interim chair, discussions were underway Monday about who
might be suitable to step in as chair between now and the November
election. Among the Democrats mentioned: former Michigan governor
Jennifer Granholm, Rep. Steve Israel of New York and EMILY’s List
President Stephanie Schriock. All are loyal supporters and trusted
allies of Clinton.
The emails revealed a DNC official apparently
discussing how to use Sanders’s religion against him to help Clinton
ahead of the Kentucky and West Virginia primaries. In another email, a
Clinton campaign lawyer suggested to the DNC how it should respond to
claims from the Sanders campaign that it was improperly using a joint
fundraising committee with state parties.
The Washington Post
reported last month that Russian government hackers penetrated the DNC,
stealing opposition research about Trump and compromising the party’s
email and chat systems.
In addition to the friction with Sanders
and his supporters that was revealed in the email hack, donors were
upset about the way they were talked about in some of the emails.
Clinton
issued a statement Sunday in which she announced that Wasserman Schultz
would serve as honorary chair of the campaign’s 50-state program as
well as continuing as a surrogate nationally and in Florida.

US Democratic Senator and
former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has called on his
supporters to unite behind former secretary of state Hillary Clinton,
who is set to represent Democrats in the 2016 presidential election.

The
Vermont senator, who was fighting Clinton as a candidate, took the
stage on the first day of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in
Philadelphia, in an attempt to unify the party against Republican
presidential nominee Donald Trump.
“Any objective observer will
conclude that based on her ideas and her leadership, Hillary Clinton
must become the next president of the United States,” Sanders said on
Monday. “The choice is not even close.”
Sanders addressed
frustration among party voters who were divided after his endorsement of
Clinton despite pledging to fight her until the end.
“Let
me be as clear as I can be. This election is not about, and has never
been about, Hillary Clinton, or Donald Trump, or Bernie Sanders or any
of the other candidates who sought the presidency,” Sanders said, while
noting that “no one” was more disappointed than him about the results of
the nomination process.
“This election is about – and must be
about – the needs of the American people and the kind of future we
create for our children and grandchildren,” he added.
Sanders then
focused on attacking Trump, saying he was seeking personal gains in the
race for the White House and betterment of people’s lives was not on
his agenda.
He accused Trump of siding with billionaires like
himself and proposing massive tax breaks for them, while opposing an
increase in the federal minimum wage.
“He believes that states
should actually have the right to lower the minimum wage below $7.25.
What an outrage,” Sanders exclaimed.
Sanders also blasted Trump’s
stance on climate change, implying that the Republican nominee had no
concerns for “future generations” and only wanted to serve “the
short-term profits of the fossil fuel industry.”
Healthcare and immigration were some of the other issues that Sanders used in his speech further tarnish Trump’s image.
Trump’s response
The
New York businessman, who is trying to appeal to Sanders’ large
supporter base, quickly took to his Twitter and responded to the
senator.
“Sad
to watch Bernie Sanders abandon his revolution. We welcome all voters
who want to fix our rigged system and bring back our jobs,” Trump wrote.
“Sanders
has lost his energy, he’s lost his drive… I think he’s totally
exhausted, but I think his supporters are not exhausted and his supports
are liking what I’m saying,” he told Fox News later in the day.
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