Sanders fans make scene in neon green
Bernie delegates making their presence known at DNC. But they tell me it's not a protest, just nod to Sanders. pic.twitter.com/T8fbpZ8qsi
— Pete Schroeder (@peteschroeder) July 28, 2016
PHILADELPHIA — Bernie Sanders’s delegates are making their presence known on the final day of the Democratic National Convention — by wearing can’t-miss neon-green T-shirts.
Backers of the Democratic presidential runner-up have disrupted convention proceedings with protests inside and outside the Wells Fargo Center, charging the Democratic Party did not treat him fairly in his primary fight.
But as Hillary Clinton prepares to take the stage and accept the party’s presidential nomination Thursday, Sanders backers say they want to be seen, but not to make a scene.
“It was something suggested online in a national delegates forum,” said Carol Dorshkind, a California delegate supporting Sanders. “I thought it would be cool to see a whole sea of Bernie supporters.”
“We wanted to have an appreciation for Bernie Sanders in a way that was visible, but respectful of Hillary Clinton,” added Javier Anderson, a New York delegate.
The shirts read “Enough is Enough,” a Sanders campaign slogan, on the front and back, and make clear where the pockets of Sanders’s supporters are scattered throughout the center.
They make an even bigger scene when the lights go out, since they glow in the dark.
Bernie delegates' shirts glow in the dark. Should be quite a visual effect during the main program. pic.twitter.com/rlZB9bKiJB
— Jordan Fabian (@Jordanfabian) July 28, 2016
Perhaps the only problem? The Sanders folks can be confused easily with convention floor staff, who also are wearing bright yellow vests.
Dorshkind said the idea for the shirts was cooked up “weeks ago” and was not in response to the controversy of the last several days that riled up the Sanders camp.
On Friday, WikiLeaks published internal emails from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) that suggested DNC officials plotted ways to undermine Sanders’s campaign and looked to boost Clinton.
The uproar led to the resignation of the DNC’s head, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and drove protests by Sanders supporters throughout Philadelphia.
Sanders delegates interrupted former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s speech on Wednesday night and chanted anti-trade slogans at vice presidential candidate Sen. Tim Kaine (Va.).
Some Sanders supporters have said they will never back Clinton, with some discussing turning to Green Party candidate Jill Stein instead.
But according to Anderson, many of those in the green shirts are ready to join Clinton’s campaign.
“This is not against her at all. This is just saying ‘We’re here, we have a common cause, and we’re ready to win in November,’ ” he said. “We want her to hopefully understand that we’re doing it for him as much as we are doing it for her.”
At the same time, some Sanders supporters are showing they haven’t forgotten the eruptions of the last week. Some of the neon-green shirts are marked with the message “#DNCleaks.”
— Jordan Fabian contributed.
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