For four tense days, Democrats in Philadelphia thought maybe the rumors were true–Bernie Sanders’s supporters were going to storm out of the Wells Fargo Center the moment Hillary Clinton formally accepted the Democratic nomination for President of the United States of America.
But their tensions were quelled on Thursday when Clinton took the stage and accepted the honor inside a packed Wells Fargo Center. On the contrary, every seat was filled in the massive stadium, complete with what seemed like extra antes of enthusiasm behind each “Hillary” sign that pumped in the air.
A confident Clinton delivered a powerful speech touting the message of “stronger together” as she was greeted by thunderous cheers and made history in becoming the first female to secure a major party’s nomination for President. Now, she faces an uphill battle in a 15-week sprint to try and defeat Republican Donald Trump in November.
“Do you really think Donald Trump has the temperament to be commander-in-chief? He can’t even handle the rough and tumble of a presidential campaign. Imagine him in the Oval Office,” said Clinton.
She jabbed further.
“A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man you can trust with nuclear weapons.”
As predicted, Clinton was introduced by her daughter, Chelsea, now 36, who laid the foundation of a mother who prepared the groundwork for her. In turn, Chelsea said she has tried to do the same for her daughter, Charlotte, and son, Aiden. “She’s a woman driven by compassion, by faith, by kindness, a fierce sense of justice and a heart full of love,” the younger Clinton said. “So this November, I’m voting for a woman who is my role model as a mother and as an advocate – a woman who has spent her entire life working for children and families. I’m voting for the progressive who will protect our planet from climate change and our communities from gun violence, who will reform our criminal justice system, and who believes that women’s rights are human rights, and LGBT rights are human rights, here at home and around the world.”
A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man you can trust with nuclear weapons.
Earlier in the evening, Clinton again received the endorsements of several celebrities, both young and old, including 19-year old actress and model Chloe Grace Moretz. Moretz urged her fellow millennials to vote for Hillary this fall. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, at 69, came out shortly after.
“I’m Michael Jordan and I’m here to close,” he joked. “I said that because I know that Donald Trump couldn’t tell the difference…Donald Trump’s idea to register Muslims and prevent them from entering our country is the very tyranny [Thomas] Jefferson abhorred.”
Perhaps a more eyebrow-raising speaker was Khizr Khan, the father of a Muslim-American solider who was killed in Iraq more than a decade ago.
“We stand here today as patriotic Muslims–as patriotic American Muslins, with undivided loyalty to our country,“ said Khan. He stood on stage with his wife, dressed in traditional Muslin garb, and asked Trump publicly if he had ever even read the Constitution. “I will gladly lend you my copy. In this document, look for the words, ‘liberty’ and ‘equal protection of law’,” Kahn said.
Katy Perry came out shortly afterward and gave a brief performance, singing “Rise” and “Roar” and telling the delegates she has been on the road with Hillary since Iowa. She reminded voters they would have as much power as any NRA lobbyist if they voted in November, saying, “you’ll have as much say as any billionaire.” Her rumored boyfriend, Orlando Bloom, was spotted nearby.
When Clinton emerged and embraced her daughter, Chelsea, the Wells Fargo Center erupted with cheers. American flags waved erratically and Clinton’s weeklong thematic “Fight Song” echoed throughout the stadium. She spoke for just under an hour and attempted to lay out solid plans for what she would do in the first 100 days of her administration, including offering free college education for the middle class and “equal pay for equal work.”
“[Trump] spoke for 70-odd minutes, and I do mean odd,” she smiled. “And he offered zero solutions. He doesn’t believe these things. No wonder he doesn’t like talking about his plans. For those of you just getting to know Tim Kaine, you will soon understand why the people of Virginia keep promoting him from City Council to mayor to governor and now senator and he will make our whole country proud as our vice president,” she said.
“I want to thank Bernie Sanders,” Clinton added. “Bernie, your campaign inspired millions of Americans, particularly the young people who threw their hearts and souls into our primary. You put economic and social justice issues front and center, where they belong. To all of your supporters here and around the country, I want you to know, I’ve heard you.”