Many political commentators voiced concerns over whether Republican nominee Donald Trump would be able to unify the party during last week’s Republican National Convention, but disunity among the Democratic party during this week’s Democratic National Convention has proved to be just as much of an issue, if not a bigger one than it is for Republicans.
Hillary Clinton is set to be nominated as the Democrat Party’s nominee during this week’s Convention, but the DNC has some work to do before the party rallies around Clinton.
During yesterday’s tumultuous start to the DNC, Bernie Sanders supporters ended up booing DNC Debbie Wasserman Shultz off the stage after a further email scandal emerged, alleging that the Clinton campaign rigged the system so that Sanders could not win the nomination. After these emails were leaked, the Clinton campaign alleged that Russia was to blame, according to CNN.com.
Many supporters of the Vermont Senator (who only officially identified with the Democratic Party in order to make his run for president), voiced their disappointment and disillusionment with what many view as the Clinton monopoly on Democratic politics. This more progressive wing of the Democratic Party, comprised in large part of young people, held up signs that said “Emails” and shouted and booed while Wasserman Shultz attempted to give her speech over the commotion.
Although Sanders himself has endorsed Clinton and has called for party unity, he admitted that “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.”
He did, however, add that Hillary Clinton must become the next U.S. president.
First Lady Michelle Obama was one of the few people who was able to bring some unity back to the party during the DNC’s first day. Political commentators noted that Mrs. Obama’s speech was more political than is usual for the First Lady, but her assertion that “There is only one person who I believe is truly qualified to be president of the United States, and that is our friend Hillary Clinton!” drew widespread applause.
Today, the second day of the DNC, will feature a women’s caucus, an LGBT caucus, and an address from former President Bill Clinton.
Publication date: July 26, 2016