Did they forget that the Democratic National Convention was nothing short of an unmitigated disaster?
The Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting that the host committee for the Democratic National Convention paid $1 million in bonuses to staff and volunteers in November. It would appear that it took only four months for the committee to forget what a disaster the 2016 Democratic National Convention was.
Below is a rough timeline of the events that unfolded during the Convention in Philadelphia:
- Just days ahead of the Democratic convention, internal emails from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) were leaked that showed the DNC’s leadership favored Hillary Clinton’s candidacy over Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), which caused the convention to be shrouded in controversy.
- Then-chair of the DNC, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), resigned from her position ahead of the convention, hoping to quell Sanders supporters’ outrage before the convention started.
- It was evident from the start of the convention that Wasserman Schultz’s resignation was not enough for Sanders supporters, who fiercely booed her during the Florida DNC Delegation Breakfast on the first day of the convention.
- Sanders later that day attempted to rein in his supporters’ anger by holding a rally in Philadelphia, calling on them to unite behind Hillary Clinton’s campaign to defeat Donald Trump. “We have got to elect Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine,” Sanders told his supporters. At this suggestion, Sanders supporters erupted into a chorus of boos.
If the DNC thought things would improve once the convention officially started that evening, they were mistaken.
- During the invocation, Sanders supporters booed vigorously because Hillary Clinton was mentioned and started chanting Bernie.
- Later on in the evening, comedian Sarah Silverman was practically booed off stage for saying “Bernie or bust people are ridiculous.”
- Finally, after a long day of protests and controversies came Sanders’ speech to close out the first day of the convention. If leaders within the Democratic Party thought that this would be a unifying moment, they were mistaken, as it took Sanders 15 minutes to endorse Clinton.
The second day of the Democratic convention wasn’t any better as it was dominated by former President Bill Clinton’s controversial speech, which many viewed to be sexist and tone deaf. Following Bill Clinton’s speech, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow said she found it to be “shocking and weird” as a female.
But, arguably the biggest black eye from the Convention came during the third night of the convention, when Black Lives Matter (BLM) protesters interrupted a moment of silence for slain police officers.
And if Democrats thought the final day of the convention, which featured Hilary Clinton’s speech, would be free of controversy, they were yet again mistaken. Bill Clinton stole the show again when he appeared to fall asleep during Hillary’s speech accepting the Democratic Party’s nomination.
Now, the $1 million in bonuses that were handed out by the committee in November left some leading Democrats flabbergasted according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, but compared to the election itself the Democratic convention could probably be considered a success by many Democrats, despite the numerous protests and controversies.
[Editor’s Note: This is hardly a complete list of all the protests and controversies that surrounded the 2016 Democratic convention. For more, read the NTK recaps from Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, and Day 4.]
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