In front of a hall of people waving signs bearing his name, Bernie Sanders addressed the Democratic National Convention on Monday night promising not just to help elect Hillary Clinton, but to continue his quest to expand the progressive wing of the Democratic Party.
It took Sanders at least two minutes to start his speech because the crowd would not stop cheering.
He acknowledged that some of his supporters were upset that he hadn’t won the nomination, but promised that the “revolution continues.”
“The struggle of the people to create a government that represents all of us and not just the one percent,” he said, “that struggle continues. And I look forward to being part of that struggle with you.”
Sanders ran through the greatest hits of his primary campaign, railing against income and wealth inequality, the role of money in politics, and climate change denial.
He then turned his attention to his one-time rival Clinton, unequivocally endorsing her.
“Hillary Clinton will make an outstanding president and I am proud to stand with her here tonight,” he said.
Sanders also made a very clear distinction between Clinton and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
“Hillary Clinton understands that if someone in America works 40 hours a week, that person should not be living in poverty,” he said.
“But her opponent – Donald Trump – well, he has a very different view. He does not support raising the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour – a starvation wage. While Donald Trump believes in huge tax breaks for billionaires, he believes that states should actually have the right to lower the minimum wage below $7.25.”
After a day filled with tension between Sanders delegates and the rest of the Democratic Party, the Vermont senator’s address drew cheers from the entire hall. There are plenty of opportunities for strife in the coming days, especially with the roll call vote on Tuesday. For Monday night, though, Sanders seemed to have at least put a Band-Aid on the wounds of the Democratic Party.