2016 DNC, Day 4: Wrapping Up, Looking Back
The end is near, Philly. This is the final day of the Democratic National Convention.
Here’s what you missed yesterday:
President Barack Obama delivered a smooth and powerful speech that reflected on the nation’s progress, denounced Donald Trump, and pledged trust and confidence in Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. The audience went wild, especially when Clinton appeared at the end.
Clinton’s pick for vice president, Sen. Tim Kaine, did several notable Trump impressions throughout his speech. Former Philadelphia police commissioner Charles Ramsey cited his eight years in Philly during a speech in which he said Clinton would build bridges between cops and communities. Joe Biden,, Michael Bloomberg, and Leon Panetta also spoke.
Some Democratic delegates leaning a little left of Clinton said their movement was never about Bernie Sanders – or not entirely, at least. Other Bernie supporters said they’re just waiting for Trump to be president. And some celebrity Bernie backers, like Rosario Dawson, Susan Sarandon, Danny Glover, and Shailene Woodley, protested in support of Nina Turner, a delegate who they claim wasn’t allowed to speak for Sanders at the convention.
In protest news, 10 protesters were issued $50 citations after they flex-cuffed themselves to a railing in the Comcast Center yesterday. One of several protesters who scaled and jumped a fence into a Secret Service security zone outside the Wells Fargo Center said she didn’t think she’d get arrested.
Here’s what’s coming up:
Clinton will accept the nomination tonight and address the audience in the final speech of the convention. She’ll likely try to bridge the gap between Democrats that’s made itself evident throughout the convention. Her daughter, Chelsea Clinton, will introduce her.
Speeches today will focus on raising the minimum wage and gender equality. Plus, we’ll hear from the father of Humayun S. M. Khan, a Muslim war hero who died while serving the country in 2004.
Expect protests to continue as usual. Occupy DNC will likely hold a “March For Our Lives” rally down Broad Street again.
In party news, Snoop Dogg is headlining a “unity concert” at the Electric Factory tonight. George Norcross III is holding a massive concert in Camden at 1 p.m., but it’s somewhat exclusive, and you probably can’t go if you’re a member of the press.
Tomorrow, Clinton will throw a public victory party and post-DNC rally at Independence National Park. By then, we’ll have made it through.
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