Bernie Sanders Delivers Rousing Speech at Democratic Convention: "I'm Proud to Stand With Her"
Sanders spoke at the convention in Philadelphia after endorsing Hillary Clinton.
Sen. Bernie Sanders took the stage Monday at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia to continue the day's theme, "United Together."
Sanders has endorsed Hillary Clinton, and earlier on Monday was booed when he told followers on the floor to support Clinton as the presidential nominee. In encouraging his delegates to line up behind Clinton, Sanders said that he believes Donald Trump, a "bully and demagogue," must be defeated.
Later on Monday night when he took the stage for his keynote address after first lady Michelle Obama, however, he was met with cheers and "Bernie" chants. He told the crowd it was "an honor" to be speaking at the convention before thanking his volunteers who worked with him during his campaign and all who "voted for the political revolution."
Sanders also said that he understands that many of his supporters are disappointed in the results of his campaign, but "no one is more disappointed than I am."
Nonetheless, "we have begun a revolution to transform America, and that revolution — our revolution — continues," he added.
"This election is not about, and has never about, Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders or any of the other candidates who sought the presidency," said Sanders. "This election is about, and must be about, the needs of the American people and the kind of future we create for our children and our grandchildren."
As he spoke about "the top one-tenth of 1 percent" and the country's income inequality, the crowd started a "99 percent" chant that echoed the rest of the audience's "Bernie" chants.
"Yes, we have made progress, but I think we can all agree that much, much more can be done," said Sanders, after praising President Barack Obama's administration. "We need leadership which brings our people together and makes us stronger. Not leadership which insults Latinos and Mexicans, insults Muslims and women, African-Americans and veterans and seeks to divide us up.
"Based on her ideas and her leadership," he declared, "Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States."
"While Trump believes in 'yuge' tax breaks for millionaires," Sanders said, he and Clinton believe in raising the minimum wage "to a living wage," he told the cheering crowd, who repeated his line with a "yuge" chant of their own.
"Donald Trump, like most Republicans, he chooses to reject science," said Sanders. "He believes that climate change is a hoax — no need to address it. Hillary Clinton's job is to worry about future generations, not the profits of the fossil fuel industry."
"Our diversity is one of our greatest strengths," Sanders rallied the crowd, before admitting that he and Clinton disagree on "a number of issues, but that is what this campaign has been about — that is what democracy is about." He said that there was a "significant coming together" of the two campaigns to create the "most progressive platform in the history of the Democratic party."
Sanders looked forward to a Hillary Clinton presidency, promising that "I am going to do all that I can to make that happen!"
He ended his speech with a dynamic reassurance of his endorsement: "Hillary Clinton will make an outstanding president and I am proud to stand with her tonight!"