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“Hello, everyone, I’m Michael Jordan and I’m here with Hillary,” Kareem Abdul-Jabbar joked on Thursday at the Democratic National Convention. “I said that because I know Donald Trump couldn’t tell the difference.”
Abdul-Jabbar spoke on the final day of the convention under the theme of “Stronger Together.” The former NBA star introduced a film about Captain Humayun Khan, one of the American Muslim soldiers who has died in combat since 9/11.
He warned against “Donald Trump’s idea to register Muslims and prevent them from entering our country,” as well as “today’s so-called religious freedom acts.”
“At its core, discrimination is a result of fear,” he concluded. “Those who think Americans scare easily, enough to abandon our country’s ideals in exchange for a false sense of security, underestimate our resolve. To them, we say only this: not here, not ever.”
Thursday’s lineup also includes Ted Danson and Chloe Grace Moretz as well as performances by Carole King and Katy Perry. Chelsea Clinton will introduce a 12-minute video chronicling Hillary Clinton’s life, which was created by Shonda Rhimes and narrated by Morgan Freeman, to paint a personal picture of her mother before the Democratic nominee officially accepts the historic nomination.
Clinton plans to involve the crowd in a card stunt and is expected to both discuss her journey to today and share her vision for the future in her speech. According to excerpts released ahead of time, Hillary Clinton will offer “steady leadership” to a country “looking for reassurance” amid turmoil in the world.
Abdul-Jabbar appeared toward the end of a star-studded week in Philadelphia, which included Meryl Streep, Lena Dunham and America Ferrera and Tony Goldwyn on Tuesday, with Elizabeth Banks serving as host and former President Bill Clinton headlining. Wednesday saw addresses by Lee Daniels, Angela Bassett and Sigourney Weaver, with Vice President Joe Biden and President Obama finishing out the day with impassioned speeches against Donald Trump and for Hillary Clinton.
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