PHILADELPHIA — Several supporters for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) continued to make noise on the second day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
Besides making protests against the process of selecting a presidential candidate, some of them stood in front of a media tent Tuesday evening outside the Wells Fargo Center while speakers gave passionate speeches to why Hillary Clinton’s the best candidate.
“I was sent by the people of my district to represent for Bernie Sanders and that’s what I came and did,” said Derel Stroud, 30, a Sanders delegate from Ocean Township, New Jersey. “Bernie asked us to stand behind Hillary and I’m going to respect his wishes and do so. However, that doesn’t mean I’m going to sit down and just shut up. You cannot call this a unified convention when everything is tilted toward Hillary.”
Some Democrats such as Miguel Clarke of Brooklyn, New York, supports Clinton. He even brought his two children, Maddox, 11, and Marin, 9, to see the political process unfold.
“This is a historic election. I went to the 2008 Democratic convention for Barack Obama,” he said on a charter bus leaving the Pennsylvania Convention Center to the Wells Fargo Center. “Seeing a woman president would continue that historyI think it’s important for my children to see the political process. When they get older, the more they are able to make decisions that will impact their lives.”
Inside Wells Fargo Center, the crowd applauded and dabbed the corners of their eyes when “Mothers of the Movement” stood on stage. Each woman lost their child to gun violence, by white police officers or while in police custody.
“I am here for my son, Trayvon Martin, who is in Heaven,” said Sabrina Fulton, whose 17-year-old son was shot and killed more than four years ago by former neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman. “Hillary Clinton has the compassion and understanding to support grieving mothers. She has the courage to lead the fight for common sense gun legislation.”