Day 1 of the Democratic National Convention featured political speakers like the First Lady Michelle Obama, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, among others.
Sanders spoke about his presidential campaign, addressing his supporters and asking that they keep “enormous pride” in what they had started. Noting he had received as many as 8 million individual campaign contributions, he said he understands 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.”
Sanders said the Democratic presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton “must become the next president of the United States” based on her ideas and leadership, emphasizing that a leader should be one who doesn’t talk ill of people from different racial or ethnic backgrounds.
The presidential election, Sanders said, is neither about Donald Trump nor Clinton, but about “the kind of future we create for our children and grandchildren.”
“Hillary Clinton will make an outstanding president, and I am proud to stand with her tonight,” Sanders said, as reported by CBS News.
Although Michelle Obama did not directly target Trump, she did say she and her husband urge their daughters “to ignore those who question their father’s citizenship or faith.” In her speech, Obama said Clinton would play a significant role in showing American children “that everyone in this country matters.”
“I want someone with the proven strength to persevere. Someone who knows this job and takes it seriously,” Obama said in her speech, as reported by The Atlantic. “Someone who understands that the issues a president faces are not black and white and cannot be boiled down to 140 characters.”
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“Because when you have the nuclear codes at your fingertips and the military in your command, you can’t make snap decisions,” she added.
Towards the end of her speech, she said, “Don’t let anyone tell you that our country isn’t great … Our country is the greatest country on Earth.”
Massachusetts Senator Warren, however, heavily criticized the Republican presidential nominee Trump and spoke about the dangers the country could face if he is elected president. Trump, Warren said, has spent his life “cheating people, skipping out on debts” and he “only cares for himself every minute of every day.”
“I’m with Hillary,” Warren said.