Day 1 of the DNC was pretty raucous. Everyone was still dealing with the fact that someone (coughRussiacough) hacked into the DNC emails, which led to everyone finding out the brand-new information that DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz was pro-Hillary Clinton and very suspicious of Bernie Sanders. So Wasserman Schultz quit as DNC Chair on Sunday, and the aftertaste was still very bitter to the ride-or-die Bernie-or-Bust people. You knew the Bernie or Bust people had lost the thread of this thing when they BOOED Bernie Sanders at his speech early in the day.
Once the convention got underway last night, the Bernie Bros were trying to disrupt all of the speeches, chanting and booing throughout. Then former Bernie Sanders supporter Sarah Silverman came out to introduce Paul Simon. And that’s when magic happened. Even Republican operative Nicole Wallace called this one of the best, most compelling arguments for Bernie supporters moving their support to Hillary Clinton.
Her prepared remarks were compelling, and I do think the majority of Bernie supporters feel that way – they were for Bernie, but they’ll vote for Hillary. But the Bernie-or-Bust Bros don’t want to hear it. The unscripted moment comes around the 5:50-minute mark. Silverman and Al Franken had to vamp because Paul Simon wasn’t ready, apparently. Silverman tells the booing and chanting Bernie-or-Bust Bros: “Can I just say, to the Bernie or Bust people: you’re being ridiculous.”
The Bernie-or-Bust Bros also disrupted Cory Booker’s speech, Liz Warren’s speech and then they went a little bit crazy when Bernie Sanders came out at the end of the night. Here you go.
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