The 2016 Democratic National Convention (DNC) occurred in Philadelphia from the 25th to the 28th of July 2016. Here are some of the notable speakers that spoke at the Democratic National Convention:
Day one of the DNC started off with a bang; Senator Bernie Sanders, former rival of Hillary Clinton, made an appearance and spoke. Sanders’ speech was undoubtedly his final one, as he gave full support to Clinton and urged the Democratic Party to stand together with Clinton. This did not stop the noticeable boos of Hilary Clinton from his supporters in the crowd. This overshadowed the support Sanders was trying to give to Clinton and gave an impression of a party base still divided and struggling to unite in support of Clinton.
Having the First Lady of The United States (FLOTUS) speak at your nomination ceremony is probably one of the biggest honors one could receive. Michelle Obama’s speech was directed towards the children. Michelle has started so many programs to help not just America’s children, but children all around the world. Mrs. Obama stated Senator Clinton would “show America’s children that everyone in this country matters,”. The FLOTUS has spent a majority of her time as First Lady focusing on the wellbeing of America’s children, so much so that even as she is preparing to exit she is ensuring that the work that she started is being continued.
Mothers of the Movement
‘Mothers of the Movement’ is a group that consists of the mothers of African americans who have been killed as a result of police brutality. They are the mothers of Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, Jordan Davis, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Dontré Hamilton, Hadiya Pendleton, Blair Holt and Oscar Grant. They all took the stage and stood by Hillary. They stated that voting for Clinton, is voting for safety, and “The majority of police officers are good people doing a good job.” As a presidential candidate, having the mothers of African Americans that were murdered in possible hate crimes stand with you is making a statement. It is saying that you are to be trusted with righting the wrongs being done. It is stating that Clinton will take on that responsibility and can be trusted to carry it out.
It is not really so much a secret how President Obama feels about Trump. At the DNC, he made it clear why voters should vote Clinton. Obama stated “Does anyone really believe that a guy who’s spent his 70 years on this Earth showing no regard for working people is suddenly going to be your champion?” Obama’s speech was not just about mocking Trump and convincing people to vote for Hillary. It was a moment where Obama passed the torch. He is saying he trusts Clinton with his duties.
Senator Cory Booker had one the most exciting and inspiritational speeches of the convention. Booker’s speech was a call for unity. There was a call for unity in the party, since it has been split with the rise and fall of Sanders. Booker claimed Clinton would take on the similar ideals as Sanders and with values of both candidates it would “the best of our values.” Booker’s speech ultimately paints a brighter future. One that would not be possible under a reign of someone like Trump.
“We will not retreat or surrender our values, we will not surrender our ideals, and we will not surrender the moral high ground… Here in Philadelphia, let us declare again that we will be a free people – free from fear and intimidation.”
Throughout all four days of the DNC, one thing was consistent, the need for the Democratic Party to be organized; a need for the party to band together and present a united front. Not just come together as a party, but to unite the nation, and stand for fairness, equality and justice. There was a need for change for the better.
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