Election 2016

Some Texas Delegates React With Emotion to Bernie Sanders’ Speech

The divide between Texans at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia seemed obvious as Bernie Sanders took the stage in an attempt to unify delegates behind Hillary Clinton.

The divide between Texans at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia seemed obvious as Bernie Sanders took the stage in an attempt to unify delegates behind Hillary Clinton.

Houston Public Media's Coverage of Election 2016

Houston Public Media's Coverage of Election 2016

Before Bernie Sanders took the stage some of his Texas supporters were booing, and Clinton supporters from Texas were telling them to sit down.  

But the Vermont senator used his appearance to tell supporters he had campaigned for more than the presidential nomination.

“Election days come and go but the struggle of the people to create a government which represents all of us and not just the one percent, that struggle continues,” Sanders said.

Texas delegate Gabriel Silva, a longtime Bernie supporter from Houston.

“He basically used, word for word, his own stump speech, but then added Hillary’s name before everyone of the proposals.  So I can see what he’s doing is not, I don’t think he is saying she is going to exactly do that, I think he’s saying she better do that,” Silva said.

For Bexar County delegate Kate Summers, a Sanders supporter, it was a rough night. She cried throughout Sanders speech, especially when the Vermont senator touched on issues like voter fraud and changing the electoral process in America.

“There is so much voter fraud and it hurts my feelings,” she said.

Though there was an emotional outpouring for Sanders, he did not win the majority of Texas delegates, and Tuesday night Texas cast a majority of its votes for Hillary Clinton, helping to make her the Democratic Party’s nominee.  

 

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