Senator Bernie Sanders: “Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States. Photo by Burton Warrington
Published July 25, 2016
PHILADELPHIA – To a roaring crowd of Democratic National Convention delegates, which 43 percent of whom are his delegates, Senator Bernie Sanders addressed the convention at the tail end of prime time on Monday night.
Sanders was given a standing ovation in the packed Wells Fargo stadium. Many stood with tears in their eyes. For many in the convention hall, they knew it was the end of a long journey during which Sanders won 23 states of 50 primaries and caucuses.
Hillary Clinton will officially become the Democratic Party’s 2016 presidential nominee this week.
If there was any doubt Sanders would fully endorse Clinton’s quest for the presidency, he was firm in his support for her.
“Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States,” said Sanders.
“In these stressful times, this election must be about bringing people together,” stated Sanders, an obvious slam on Republican nominee Donald Trump’s extremely divisive and anger he has kept going since he announced for the presidency.
“It is no secret Hillary Clinton and I disagree on many issues. this is what democracy is about,” Sanders said as he mentioned the how both campaigns worked together for a progress Democratic Party Platform.
“If you think you should sit out this election, take a moment to think about the kind of nominees Donald Trump would make for the Supreme Court.”
“Hillary Clinton will make a great president. I am proud to stand with her tonight,” he said as he concluded his speech.
Indian Country being represented at Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Photo Courtesy of Burton Warrington (Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation)
Sanders is very popular among American Indian voters — for good reason. During the primary season, Sanders held some two dozen meetings with leaders from over 90 tribes in 20 states. He was listened to the need for employment, housing and better health care in Indian Country.
Sanders was the final speaker of the first night of the Democratic National Convention, which brought speeches from Senator Cory Booker (D-New Jersey), First Lady Michelle Obama and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts).