Hot on the heels of its chaotic Republican relation, the Democratic National Convention kicked off in the City of Brotherly Love this week. And the mood could not be more different to the hate-filled, fear-mongering lawless wasteland painted by Donald Trump. The diverse display of minority speakers was part of a very conscious decision by the DNC to set itself up as the polar opposite, substituting messages of hope instead of fear and us instead of me. The convention wasn’t lacking in celebrity appearances either – the star-studded evening included heartfelt speeches and performances from Demi Lovato, Eva Longoria, Boyz II Men and Paul Simon, among others. But the main thing you need to know about day one is: Michelle Obama crushed it.
Michelle Obama was poised, passionate and convincing as she delivered an inspiring, hopeful and emotional speech about her husband, her country and Hillary Clinton. She also gutted Donald Trump without once mentioning his name (not her first time). Barack’s eloquence must be catching, because she spoke with the ease of a lifelong politician, and many on social media were calling for her to run for office before the end of the night. Melania Trump was taking notes.
The runner up speech giver of the night was Bernie Sanders, who received a hero's welcome when he finally emerged to cheers and tears. While Sanders delivered his now-familiar stump speech, peppered with a few extra mentions of Hillary Clinton, his endorsement of her was unmistakable and enthusiastic, and a good display of Democratic Party unity by an independent candidate. But even though the week started discouragingly (Bernie protesters, email hacking revealing DNC Clinton bias, the DNC chair’s resignation) the tone has been set for the rest of the election and the Democratic Party has come out swinging. Stakes, raised.
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