Hillary Clinton will become the first woman to lead a major American party into a White House race Tuesday night.
While the first night of the Democratic National Convention saw plenty of support for the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, she will also need to find a way to bring diehard and disgruntled Bernie Sanders supporters into the fold.
They’re still upset with the way they feel they’ve been treated by the party.
In an effort to bridge the divide Sanders robustly embraced his former rival last night as a champion for the same economic causes that enlivened his supporters.
He signalled it was time for them, too, to rally behind Clinton in the campaign against Republican Donald Trump. In his own words Sanders said Clinton would be “an outstanding president.”
However, it was U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama who gave the speech of the night. She attacked Trump without once mentioning his name.
Obama warned that the White House couldn’t be in the hands of someone with “a thin skin or a tendency to lash out,” and that “issues cannot be boiled down into 140 characters.”
In closing, she exclaimed, “Don’t let anybody ever tell you this country isn’t great,” a jab at Trump’s slogan “Make America Great Again.”
Former president Bill Clinton will speak tonight, promoting his wife’s lesser-known achievements. Critics say Clinton will have a balancing act on his hands, trying to separate Hillary’s legacy from his own.