The Republican Party’s train wreck of a convention is over, but the Democratic National Convention will begin this Monday. Compared to the RNC’s C-list celebrities, political has-beens, and Brutus impersonator Ted Cruz, the DNC is set to have a truly impressive list of speakers. One of their first speakers is also one their best, as Senator Bernie Sanders is set to give an address on Monday.
Despite their bitter primary rivalry, Sanders plans to use his speech to lay out the case for supporting Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump. Speeches like this aren’t uncommon after a fierce primary debate, but this one is especially important, as Trump is already attempting to sway former Sanders voters to his cause.
The Bernie Sanders supporters are furious with the choice of Tim Kaine, who represents the opposite of what Bernie stands for. Philly fight?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 23, 2016
Despite Trump’s attempts, it’s unlikely that many Sanders supporters will rally behind the GOP’s nominee. Sanders will be emphasizing the common ground between himself and his primary rival, as well as the concessions he has gained from the Clinton campaign, which should serve to reassure some of Clinton’s skeptics.
‘In an opening night address on Monday at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders will make it clear that Hillary Clinton is by far superior to Donald Trump on every major issue from economics and health care to education and the environment.’
‘Sanders will stress that the most progressive platform in Democratic Party history includes agreements he reached with Clinton to dramatically expand health care access and to make public colleges tuition-free for students from families with annual incomes up to $125,000 a year.’
During the course of his campaign, Sanders discussed the importance of dealing with climate change. His speech at the DNC will cover Trump’s denial of climate change and support for the fossil fuel industry.
‘In his remarks, Sanders also plans to rip into Trump for siding with the Koch brothers and echoing fossil fuel industry claims that climate change is a hoax despite the virtually-unanimous scientific consensus that the warming planet is causing devastating harm.’
Perhaps most importantly of all, especially for those hoping the Democrats regain control of Congress, the senator will attempt to ensure his supporters that their time and money was not in vain. There are numerous Sanders supporters who will be running for Congress this election, and their victory could be key to implementing a progressive agenda.
‘Sanders also will send a message to the convention and to the 13 million voters who supported him that they have begun a political revolution to transform America and that the revolution – Our Revolution – continues. “Together,” he will say, “we continue the fight to create a government which represents all of us, and not just the 1 percent – a government based on the principles of economic, social, racial and environmental justice.”‘
Sanders will be giving his speech this Monday night, so be sure to check it out.
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