Bernie Sanders' DNC speech draws cheers, tears — and some Trump tweets – CNET
Michelle Obama took aim at Donald Trump and Twitter during her DNC speech Monday night, saying the issues a president faces “cannot be boiled down into 140 characters.” Well said.
It’s perfectly legitimate however to boil down reaction to such speeches to 140 characters. Let’s turn to the eagerly anticipated address by Bernie Sanders, who closed out the first night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
We can boil it down to “compare and contrast.” The senator from Vermont endorsed his onetime rival for the presidential nomination, Hillary Clinton, amid the crowd’s cheers, tears and boos (boos at times for Clinton but mostly for Trump).
But he quickly emphasized where he and Hillary Clinton come together, as pointed as out by Robert Reich, who was Secretary of Labor under Bill Clinton.
Some saw Sanders’ address as a “victory lap” — or as the speech he might have given were he running for president. Oh wait!
Still, he did lay out in detail why his supporters must work to elect the party’s soon-to-be official nominee, in contrast to one of Trump’s Republican rivals last week.
Trump, never known to be at a loss for words on Twitter even if one of those words is often “sad,” weighed in during Sanders’ speech, perhaps trying to appeal to those “Bernie or Bust” people.
He also said Sanders had “sold out” and his efforts had been a “waste of time.” To which, Sanders — or, more precisely, his staff — came back with this burn:
The Republican presidential nominee tweeted throughout the night, flinging insults at earlier speakers Sens. Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren too. But, notably, he remained silent about the first lady’s speech.
To those Sanders supporters who may still not be swayed or are in despair, well, they can look to the satirical Onion, which always has a knack for distilling things down to their very essence. In this case, in just 89 characters.