I’m tired of his name. I’m tired of seeing it around Manhattan because of corrupt political-financial cronyism that allowed him to destroy so much of the skyline of the city that I love. So I’m not going to mention the other candidate by name anywhere here.
The biggest challenge in the coming months is not to demonize him—he’s done that for himself. It’s not to qualify Hillary Clinton. America knows she is the most qualified candidate we might have ever had. It’s not even to overcome the obstacles that many—though not I—face in voting for her: trustworthiness, likeability, and realness.
Actually, the biggest challenge is to galvanize the supporters of Senator Bernie Sanders who believe that it is enough to oppose but not important to support. We have to realize that we are in fact stronger together. The alternative, especially after the horrorshow of the RNC last week, is Hitleresque.
As I walked around City Hall here in Philly, Bernie’s enduring popularity was unavoidable.
When I heard his supporters on Day 1 chanting “We trusted you," disrupting Senator Elizabeth Warren’s extraordinary and passionate speech, I worried about our collective future.
I wish the protesters—who are absolutely right to make their voices heard—could also show respect to let the speakers at the DNC make their points. I think that unity will grow stronger starting today.
Our First Lady Michelle Obama commanded everyone’s attention. As she said, “Because of Hillary Clinton, my daughters, and all our sons and daughters take for granted that a women can be President of the United States.”
Senator Bernie Sanders himself, whose presence I believe has ultimately made the Democratic Party more accountable to the multiplicity of opinions within its ranks—Senator Sanders proclaimed, “Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States.”
This morning, he said to his delegates, “It is easy to boo, but it is harder to look your kids in the face who would be living under” a presidency by the other candidate I won’t name. Elections are often about hope. Let’s hope for the future. Keep hope alive. I don’t want to hear about hope. I want to hear about NOW. And what a now it is…
It’s been nearly a century since women won the right to vote at all. There are women who never thought they would live to see this moment. My 92-year-old grandmother in Sri Lanka, which had the first female elected head of state in the world, is cheering, as am I. Secretary Clinton has just become the first woman to run for President of the United States.
Tanya Selvaratnam is an Emmy-nominated and Webby-winning producer, and the author of The Big Lie. She is at the DNC with ART NOT WAR working on projects for Emily’s List and Humanity for Hillary. tanyaturnsup.com