Daily VideoJuly 26, 2016
Calls for unity are met with protest on first day of Democratic National Convention
What are some effective ways to voice your opinion on issues you care about?
The Democratic National Convention began on Monday amid protests from supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders and calls for unity to back Hillary Clinton. The boos and division continued whenever Clinton’s name was mentioned.
Thousands of emails from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) emails were published on the website Wikileaks over the weekend showing DNC leaders undermining Sanders during the primaries. The controversy resulted in the resignation of DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Sunday.
On Monday, Wasserman Schultz was booed by Sanders’ supporters at a Florida delegation breakfast and had to be escorted out of the room by security. Sanders himself was booed after he urged party unity. Sanders sent out e-mails and text messages urging supporters not to boo or to stage walkouts.
The DNC counted on speeches later in the evening by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a key leader in the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, First Lady Michelle Obama as well as Sanders himself to bring Democrats together, according to NPR’s Rachel Martin.
The FBI has opened an investigation into how WikiLeaks gained access to the DNC’s emails. Clinton’s campaign manager Robby Mook has suggested Russian hackers hoping to give Republican Donald Trump a boost were responsible. Trump dismissed the claim as a joke.
national convention — a convention of a major political party, especially one that nominates a candidate for the presidency
political party committee — an organization officially affiliated with a political party and registered with the Federal Elections Commission (FEC), which raises and spends money for political campaigning
Warm up questions (before watching the video)
1) Who is set to receive the Democratic Party’s nomination for president on Tuesday?
2) What is the purpose of political party committees?
3) Why were some Sanders’ supporters booing speakers at the Democratic National Convention?
Critical thinking questions
1) Will a rocky first day of the convention have negative repercussions on the general election? Explain.
2) The Republican National Convention also showed signs of division. How important is party unity in winning the general election?
3) What are some ways that Sanders’ supporters’ voices could continue to be heard in this election?
Tooltip of related stories
Tooltip of more video block
Submit Your Student Voice
Discuss how competing interests may be putting conflicting pressures on schools planning their fall reopenings. Continue reading
After years of activist pressure, some sports franchises are formally considering name changes. Why do these name changes matter? Continue reading
How can students cultivate good outcomes for themselves and their communities through social media? Continue reading
Examine shifts in public policy and plans for the fall as coronavirus cases ramp up in mid-summer. Continue reading
In this lesson plan, uncover the hidden economy behind our quarantine takeout orders. Continue reading