One very robust sing along with Bohemian Rhapsody, two tanks of gas, three angry Bernie Sanders’ supporters, four U-turns, and over a thousand miles — my friends Connie and Rachel and I finally arrived in Philadelphia. I’m writing this in a two-star Days Inn hotel, which is actually clean and decent so far. It was the only room available that wasn’t ridiculously overpriced but still within a reasonable distance from the Democratic National Convention.
Today, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the DNC Chair resigned after Wikileaks emails demonstrated widespread collusion and corruption against the Sanders campaign in what is supposed to be an impartial primary process. Incredulously, Hillary Clinton immediately released this statement:
I want to thank my longtime friend Debbie Wasserman Schultz for her leadership of the Democratic National Committee over the past five years. I am grateful to Debbie for getting the Democratic Party to this year’s historic convention in Philadelphia, and I know that this week’s events will be a success thanks to her hard work and leadership. There’s simply no one better at taking the fight to the Republicans than Debbie–which is why I am glad that she has agreed to serve as honorary chair of my campaign’s 50-state program to gain ground and elect Democrats in every part of the country, and will continue to serve as a surrogate for my campaign nationally, in Florida, and in other key states. I look forward to campaigning with Debbie in Florida and helping her in her re-election bid–because as President, I will need fighters like Debbie in Congress who are ready on day one to get to work for the American people.
Needless to say, Sanders supporters are livid.
The big question is, what will Bernie Sanders say tomorrow at the convention? He is scheduled to speak. Will he rescind his endorsement of Hillary Clinton? Will he continue to push for party unity and campaign for Clinton?
Our plans for tomorrow are to walk across the street and purchase some poster board, markers, and other supplies to create signs for protesting. We are taking the shuttle to the train and the train to the city to participate in the March for Our Lives, attending the Green party rally to hear Jill Stein and Cornel West speak, and a Candlelight Vigil to Commemorate the Death of Democracy.
I plan to pay close attention to the sites and sounds this week and relay the experience to blog readers without too much personal commentary (for now), and then sort of unpack the experience on a deeper level and share the best of my photos in the days and weeks after returning back home to Florida. Please check back here for updates throughout the week.