Comedian Sarah Silverman tells chanting supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders that they should rally behind presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton at the party's convention in Philadelphia. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). STORY: Comedian Sarah Silverman scolded chanting supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders at the opening session of the Democratic National Convention Monday night (July 25). Silverman said, "To the Bernie or bust people: you're being ridiculous." The comedian supported Sanders during the primary, but appeared at the convention to tell delegates that the best way to further the goals that Sanders fought for is to now rally behind presumptive nominee, Hillary Clinton. Her speech came just hours after Sanders himself urged delegates to back his former rival. His call drew jeers from his supporters. Sanders' followers shouted "We want Bernie" in a show of anger at both Clinton's defeat of him in the presidential nomination race and emails leaked on Friday suggesting the Democratic leadership had tried to sabotage Sanders' insurgent campaign. For months, Sanders, 74, mounted an unexpectedly tough challenge to Clinton, 68, a former secretary of state, who this week will become the first woman nominated for president by a major U.S. political party. Sanders complained bitterly during the primary process that the party leadership was working against him. Some of his backers are reluctant to get behind Clinton, seeing her as a member of the Washington political elite who pays only lip service to realizing their goals of reining in Wall Street and eradicating income inequality. The scenes of booing at the convention in Philadelphia were a setback to Democratic officials' attempts to present the gathering as a smoothly run show of party unity in contrast to the volatile campaign of Republican nominee Donald Trump.