You can tell you’re hated when you make ‘history’ and become the first female presidential nominee… then almost half of the convention stage a walk out once announcement is made. Check this out.
Hillary Clinton became the first woman to earn a major party’s presidential nomination on Tuesday evening as Democratic delegates officially gave her the votes she needed to win the election.
‘History,’ was what she tweeted with a photo of herself on stage at a rally.
Bernie Sanders made a surprise appearance and moved to have Clinton named the nominee by acclimation after she had more than enough votes to win.
He joined his home state of Vermont, which passed the first time around in the roll call vote, for the history-making moment.
‘I move that all votes, all votes cast by delegates be reflected in the official record, and I move that Hillary Clinton be selected as the nominee of the Democratic Party for president of the United States,’ he said.
The gesture was to be a signal of unity and reconciliation during the fractured Democratic Convention.
His delegates, on the hand, were not so moved to accept the result of the vote. A group of them walked out in protest after Clinton officially won the nomination.
Cheering Sanders supporters got their roll call vote on Tuesday as part of a peace offering from Democratic Party officials.
Sanders delegates stood side-by-side with delegates belonging to Clinton as they formally cast their votes in the Democratic nomination process and shared bragged on their states.
The U.S. senator’s 82-year-old brother made a special appearance on the floor to announce the pledged delegate vote from the Democrats Abroad voting block.
Larry, a resident of the UK, gave a moving tribute to his baby brother ‘Bernard.’
‘I want to bring before this convention the names of our parents: Eli Sanders, Dorothy Glassberg Sanders,’ Larry said, tears flowing. ‘They did not have easy lives, and they died young. They would be immensely proud of their son and his accomplishments. They loved him.’
Sanders’ camp said this afternoon that he would not officially nominate his formal rival to top the ticket. Briggs said it was ‘possible’ Sanders’ home state of Vermont could move to make the vote unanimous after it has occurred, however.
Speculation began to mount as the state’s turn came as to whether Sanders would give in.
After early indications that he wouldn’t give the Clinton camp what it wanted, a Vermont delegate said the state ‘passes’ – signaling that Sanders would take the high road at the end of the vote and formally throw in the towel.
Retiring Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski spoke Clinton’s behalf before the roll call vote along with Georgia Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis.
Sanders told his delegates Tuesday morning to treat party officials with ‘respect’ during the roll call vote but said they should be allowed to give him their support if they want to.
‘Vote for me,’ he told them this morning.
Clinton campaign chair John Podesta was coy about where things stood Monday afternoon.
‘I will let Senator Sanders discuss what senator Sanders is going to do,’ he said at a lunch hosted by The Wall Street Journal,The Washington Post reported.
Podesta wouldn’t provide details on the status of talks. ‘I’m not going to preview this. Wait for the vote!’ he said.
The roll call vote was expected to lead to more chaos on the convention floor for the second time in as many days. Monday Sanders delegates incessantly booed speakers as party platform was formally adapted. ‘Down with TPP,’ they said over and over.
He couldn’t promise this morning that they wouldn’t disrupt the convention again tonight when things don’t go their way.
‘We will see what happens,’ he said at a Bloomberg breakfast. ‘I would hope that our people treat the process with respect. And, you know, accept the reality of the results tonight.’
As Clinton was formally handed the nomination Pharrell’s ‘Happy’ came over the loudspeakers and delegates waved multicolored signs that donned the the letter ‘H’ with an arrow through it.