Sarah Silverman Addresses "Bernie or Bust" Crowd at Democratic Convention: "You’re Being Ridiculous"
"Hillary is our Democratic nominee and I will proudly vote for her."
Sarah Silverman appeared Monday at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia to speak with Sen. Al Franken and help introduce Paul Simon, but first she had a message to her fellow Bernie Sanders followers.
"I support Bernie Sanders and the movement behind him," Silverman told the cheering crowd in her speech. "Not only did Bernie wake us up, he made us understand what is possible and what we deserve."
But, "to the 'Bernie or Bust' people," she said, "you’re being ridiculous."
Silverman, ready to vote for Hillary Clinton but still supporting Sanders, said that the Vermont senator "showed us that all of Americas citizens deserve quality healthcare and education, not just the wealthy elite. I happen to believe the crazy notion that people that maybe weren’t born with the same opportunities as you and me should be given the same opportunities as you and me."
"As a pretty kickass woman once said," she said, referencing Clinton's book, "it takes a village."
The comedian also touched on the Republican presidential race, adding that she's proud the Democratic side was more mature. "No name-calling, no comments about the size of candidates' hands or ethnicity," she said. "That stuff is for third graders."
Silverman also praised Clinton for bringing the excitement and momentum behind Sanders' supporters into her campaign because that is how "the process" should work. "Hillary is our Democratic nominee and I will proudly vote for her," she said.
"It's so inspiring — just a few years ago she was a secretary and now she's going to be President!," joked Silverman.
She ended her speech after quipping that Clinton is "the only person ever to be overqualified for a job as the president," and as the crowd chanted both "Hillary!" and "Bernie!," Silverman said, “Unity! Unity!”
Monday's schedule also included a performance by Demi Lovato as well as speeches coming from Sanders and first lady Michelle Obama.