With boos and Bernie chants, Monday night featured an air of uncertainty about whether Democrats could rally together behind Hillary Clinton. Most of it dissipated by Tuesday, in large part because of Bernie Sanders and his motion to nominate Clinton president.
In addition to Sanders’ gesture, celebrities loomed large, with Meryl Streep, Alicia Keys, Lena Dunham and others taking the podium. Gov. Tom Wolf also got to announce Pennsylvania’s roll call. Billy Penn recaps these events and more from day two of the DNC.
Most memorable moment
As Alicia Keys played in the background, it was well past 11 p.m. when DNC officials played a video showing 43 presidents — all male. The screen appeared to “shatter” and Hillary Clinton, who just hours earlier officially became the nominee, appeared from New York via satellite to briefly address the convention. And also those at home.
“If there are any little girls out there who stayed up late to watch,” she said, “I may become the first woman president, but one of you is next.”
The roll call vote
While the DNC crowd went wild at the end of the night as Hillary Clinton appeared via satellite, the moment most will remember vividly came at the end of the roll call vote — the way the DNC counts votes for each candidate nominated for president.
Bernie Sanders’ home state passed, and after Wyoming had cast its votes (because alphabetical order) Vermont logged its votes. And it was Sanders who made the symbolic motion to formally nominate Clinton as the Democratic party’s nomination for president. It will be remembered as a stunning step toward party unity at the behest of Sanders.
Two other moments brought delegates to tears while votes were being cast:
- It was Arizona’s turn to log its votes, and one of the state’s speakers was Jerry Emmett, who is 102 years old. Well-known in circles in Arizona, Emmett was born before women earned the right to vote. On Tuesday, she announced her state’s votes for the first female presidential candidate nominated by a major party.
- When the Democrats from abroad were casting their votes, Larry Sanders, Bernie’s brother, tearfully told of how proud their father would have been had he seen how far Bernie Sanders had come.
Who stole the show
Sure, Bill Clinton was scheduled as Tuesday’s only true headlining speaker. But after a long speech that seemed to meander through his marriage to Hillary Clinton — “In the spring of 1971 I met a girl” — the former president brought it all back home, calling Hillary the “best darn change-maker” he knows.
His speech was seen as a success for the party and, rather than using the platform to rip Donald Trump, he spent the vast majority building up his wife. He meticulously detailed her work as a champion for children and families, called for unity between police and the communities they serve, discussed her work in the immigrant community and tried to appeal to the working class.
“You should elect her,” he said, “because she will never quit when the going gets tough. She will never quit on you.”
Mothers of the Movement
Black Lives Matter chants erupted in the crowd Tuesday when nine black women took the stage — all of them had lost a son or a daughter in a racially-charged incident, whether it was the mother of Trayvon Martin or Michael Brown.
“This isn’t about being politically correct. This is about saving our children,” Sabrina Fulton, Martin’s mother, said, adding: “In memory of our children, we are imploring you, all of you, to vote this Election Day.”
Lucia MacBeth’s 17-year-old son Jordan Davis was shot and killed in 2012 in Jacksonville, Fla. for playing music too loud.
“Hillary Clinton isn’t afraid to say black lives matter,” MacBeth said. “She isn’t afraid to sit at a table with grieving mothers and bear the full force of our anguish. She doesn’t build walls around her heart. Not only did she listen to our problems, she invited us to become part of the solution. And that’s what we’re going to do.”
Philly and Pennsylvania shoutouts
Most every other state led into its share of votes with a story about its state history, highlighting a famous author or musician or recent sports championship (Delaware, for instance, shouted-out reigning WNBA Elena Delle Donne and Minnesota honored Prince). Pennsylvania didn’t have time for that. Instead, when Pennsylvania was called, Gov. Tom Wolf just started talking about the votes. He announced Pennsylvania had 82 votes for Sanders and gave him credit for invigorating the party. Then he said Pennsylvania had 126 votes for Clinton. It was simple, about exactly what you would expect from Wolf.
Outside the Wells Fargo Center as Bill Clinton was gearing up to speak, chaos erupted. Sanders supporters had staged a walk-out of the Convention earlier in the day and others had been detained and cited for jumping over security fences.
Philadelphia Police and the Secret Service said at about 8:30 p.m., four people were arrested Monday for jumping over the security fence and are charged with “entering a restricted area.” None of them entered the Wells Fargo Center and all four were transported to the Federal Detention Center. By nightfall, hundreds of protesters and demonstrators had congregated in the area, some of whom were burning American flags and DNC flyers.
By about 10:45 p.m., things started to calm down. An impromptu “vigil” took place and protesters sat in a circle calling for peace.
On Monday, 54 people were cited for disorderly conduct for climbing over fences.
Several celebrities spoke and performed Tuesday, including:
- Actor Tony Goldwyn
- Actress America Ferrera
- Actress and comedian Lena Dunham
- Actress Meryl Streep
- Singer Alicia Keys
- Actress Debra Messing
A video was also played in support of Clinton from a number of other celebrity supporters, including:
- Actress and host Aisha Tyler
- Actor Alan Cumming
- Actress America Ferrera
- Actress Eva Longoria
- Actress and singer Idina Menzel
- Actress Jane Fonda
- Actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth
- Actress and singer Mandy Moore
Meryl Streep got really excited for the promise of a Hillary Clinton presidency. Lots of tweets were made about this excitement.
This one was emotional. Sanders reacts to his brother, Larry, tearfully telling the Convention how proud their father would have been:
Stories to read from Tuesday
- DNC Hangover: Bernie fans’ boos, inspiration from Michelle Obama
- A hit NYC comedy show’s in Philly for the DNC with a Senator as a guest
- 10 Philly athletes who really should address the DNC
- A Pennsylvania Dutch candy tradition meets the DNC
- Most Philly DNC story so far: Sean Hannity booed out of Wawa?
- What happened to Philly’s ‘seamless’ DNC logistics?
What to expect today
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM (EDT)
Call to Order
U.S. Representative Marcia Fudge (Ohio)
Rev. William Byron
Pledge of Allegiance
Sebastien De La Cruz
Vice Presidential Nomination
HIV/AIDS Activist from Georgia
President of the Center for American Progress Action Fund
U.S. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (Texas)
U.S. Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham (New Mexico)
U.S. Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton (District of Columbia)
U.S. Representative Adam Schiff (California)
U.S. Representative Maxine Waters (California)
President of NARAL Ilyse Hogue
Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum
Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus
Chair, U.S. Representative Judy Chu (California)
Brooks is a young female tech entrepreneur from North Carolina
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio
Introduced by Convention Chair U.S. Representative Marcia Fudge (Ohio)
6:00 – 10:00 PM (EDT)
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
Chair, U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján (New Mexico)
Our America Musical Performance
Civil Rights Leader Reverend Jesse Jackson
Actress Star Jones
Flint Mayor Karen Weaver
Congressional Black Caucus
Chair, U.S. Representative GK Butterfield (NC)
President of EMILY’s List Stephanie Schriock
Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (Nevada)
California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom
U.S. Representative Ruben Gallego (Arizona)
Jamie’s husband was Patrick Dorff, an Army helicopter pilot from Minnesota who died while on a search and rescue mission in northern Iraq. As a senator, Hillary worked with Republicans and Democrats to increase the gratuity paid to family members of fallen veterans from $12,000 to $100,000.
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan
Former Governor of Maryland Martin O’Malley
Introduction of Film
Actress Sigourney Weaver
California Governor Jerry Brown
Director Lee Daniels
Christine Leinonen, Brandon Wolf and Jose Arraigada
Christine Leinonen is the mother of Christopher “Drew” Leinonen, who was killed in the Pulse attack in Orlando. Brandon Wolf and Jose Arraigada are survivors of the attack at the nightclub in Orlando.
U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (Connecticut)
Erica’s mother Dawn was the principal of Sandy Hook Elementary and was killed while trying to protect her students. Since then, Erica has become an outspoken advocate for commonsense gun violence prevention measures.
Former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey
Actress Angela Bassett
Felicia Sanders & Polly Sheppard
Felicia and Polly are two of the three survivors of the Mother Emanuel Church shooting in Charleston, SC.
Gabby Giffords & Mark Kelly
Rear Admiral John Hutson (Ret. USN)
Kristen Kavanaugh is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and a former Marine Corps Captain who deployed to Iraq. She later co-founded the Military Acceptance Project, a California-based social justice organization dedicated to promoting acceptance of marginalized populations within the military.
Former Congressman and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta
U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (Ohio)
Introduction of Speaker
Dr. Jill Biden
Vice President Joe Biden
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed
10:00 – 11:00 PM (EDT)
Democratic Nominee for Vice President Tim Kaine
Introduction of Film
Sharon Belkofer is the mother of fallen Lt. Col. Thomas Belkofer. Her son was killed when a suicide bomber detonated a minibus in a convoy carrying Belkofer and three other high-ranking officers in Kabul, Afghanistan.
President Barack Obama
Rev. Gabriel Salguero