Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Warmonger Clinton Clinches Democratic Nomination For President
July 26, 2016 3:38 PM

PHILADELPHIA (CBS SF and AP) – With the votes earned in its primary, South Dakota pushed Hillary Clinton passed the 2,383 votes needed to become the first woman Tuesday to officially claim a major party’s nomination for president.

While many anticipated a raucous display by supporters of runner-up Sen. Bernie Sanders at the Democratic National Convention, the roll call came off without a hitch or protest.

Vermont passed its turn in the roll call to be the last state to vote, allowing Sanders to ask the convention to unanimously declare Clinton the party’s nominee to take on the Republican Party choice — Donald Trump.

With the crowd chanting “Bernie! Bernie! Bernie!” Sanders stood amid the Vermont delegation and told the convention — “I move that all votes be reflected in the official record. I move that Hillary Clinton be selected as the nominee of the Democratic Party.”

But Clinton still faced a major challenge to convince Sanders supporters to join her campaign.

Earlier in the day, participants at a rally charged that Sanders was cheated out of the nomination by Clinton, and they said they weren’t swayed by his Monday night plea to his supporters to fall in line behind Clinton for the good of the country.

“He persuaded no one to vote for Hillary,” said Greg Gregg, a retired 69-year-old nurse from Salem, Oregon. He said he intends to cast his ballot in November for Green Party candidate Jill Stein, quoting the turn-of-the-last-century socialist labor leader Eugene Debs as saying, “I’d rather vote for what I want and lose than what I don’t want and win.”

For a brief period Tuesday afternoon, “Bernie or bust” demonstrators who set out for the convention site by subway were forced by police to get off one stop short of their destination. In a crowd-control measure that was also used the night before, only passengers with media or convention credentials were allowed to ride all the way to the Wells Fargo Center.

The longstanding bitterness between the Vermont senator’s supporters and Clinton’s seemed to grow worse over the past few days after a trove of hacked emails showed that officials at the Democratic National Committee played favorites during the primaries and worked to undermine Sanders’ campaign.

Black Men for Bernie founder Bruce Carter said Monday’s speeches from Sanders and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren did not persuade him to support Clinton.

“They really agitate people more every time they stand up and do the Hillary Clinton, hoo-rah hoo-rah,” he said. Carter, a Dallas resident, said he doesn’t fear a Donald Trump presidency: “I’ve lived under nine white presidents in my lifetime.”

With temperatures climbing again toward the mid-90s, Chris Scully, a 28-year-old an engineer from Troy, New York, held a “Jill Before Hill” sign outside City Hall and said he opposes Clinton because of her war record as secretary of state.

As Scully spoke, a passer-by called out: “That’s a vote for Trump!”

A separate protest, this one against police brutality and racial injustice, took shape in north Philadelphia near the Temple University campus, where about 500 people began marching down Broad Street toward City Hall. The marchers planned to link up with the “Bernie of bust” demonstrators.

Protest leader Erica Mines told the crowd it was an “anti-police rally” and a “black and brown resistance march” and instructed all white people to move to the back.

March participant Tiara Willis, 24, of Philadelphia, said she subscribes to the slogan “I’m with her … I guess,” explaining that she supports Sanders’ call to back Clinton. She said she won’t back Trump and called Clinton “the lesser of two evils.”

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