Hillary Clinton took the stage to explain her positions on a variety of issues and to accept the historic nomination for president on the last night of the Democratic convention. Before that, speaker after speaker voiced their support for Clinton. Republicans, veterans, democratic senators, and activists spoke on similar talking points that ended with “I’m with her.” One of the most moving and emotional portions of the night was when the Muslim parents of a fallen soldier came out and spoke. Khizr Khan, directly addressed Trump and said, “You have sacrificed nothing and no one.” He went on to ask, “Have you even read the constitution?”
I Versus We
When Clinton spoke, she balanced between what still needs to be done and what has already been accomplished by the Obama administration. She detailed what she would do and made a sharp contrast to what Trump said in Cleveland. Clinton mocked Trump, pointing out his “I” approach to government versus her “we” style. She also made a point to address Muslims by attacking Trump’s position on preventing them from entering the US. “We will not ban a religion. We will work with all our allies,” Clinton stated emphatically.
At times, “no more war” chants from the audience were drowned out by louder chants of “Hillary.” Some people cried; visibly moved by the historic aspect of the evening. Possibly the highest cheers met Clinton’s comment about Trump’s thin skin, “A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man you can trust with nuclear weapons.”
The night ended with a shower of patriotic colored balloons and confetti and a charged up democratic crowd. The Clintons and Kaines are on the road today stopping in Midwestern battleground states. Trump’s supporters took to the talk shows this morning downplaying the positive sounding convention of the Democrats. Trump called Clinton’s view of America, “not the real world” during his speech today. Now it will be a contest of advertising, fundraising, and shoring up votes to win the election in November.