The Democratic National Convention (DNC) officially kicked off activities on Monday, July 25th in Philadelphia. It has already proven to be filled with excitement, fanfare, and, of course, what would politics be without a lot of controversy. On Thursday, Hillary Clinton is expected to formally accept the Democratic Party’s nomination to be the first female candidate for President of the United States. But before that happens, there have already been many memorable moments. Here’s a count down of the Top 10 so far:
- The TPP
What is the TPP? Delegates all over the DNC floor are holding signs with a big, red slash through the letters T-P-P. But what is it? The Trans-Pacific Partnership or TPP is a trade deal among 12 countries that would reduce tariffs and aims to increase trade among the parties involved. It has not been ratified, but it is on President Obama’s agenda to see that it is signed. Bernie Sanders was instrumental in making opposition to the TPP a campaign issue, which has now been accepted as part of Hillary Clinton’s platform.
- Tim Kaine
Who is Tim Kaine? Tim Kaine is Hillary Clinton’s choice for Vice President and running mate. He was formerly a mayor, Governor of Virginia, and is currently one of Virginia’s US Senators. In a time of scandal and email, he’s a safe choice, even describing himself in a recent interview as “boring.” He will speak on Wednesday night of the DNC.
What is spicy boi? The “Spicy boi” meme has been flooding Hillary Clinton’s Instagram, so if you’re watching her posts during the DNC, you’ll see all variation of “spicy boi” flooding in. But what is it and how did it start? According to Slate.com, “@Googletrends tweeted that “What is Spicy Boi Hillary Clinton” was the top Hillary-related query for search engine on Monday.” What started out as “humorous” from 4chan, a home for the likes of hacker collective Anonymous, has quickly amplified into a spamming tactic for those who support Donald Trump and dislike Hillary Clinton.
- DNC email scandal
Another email scandal?! Ugh. This time, it has been reported that there is evidence that two Russian spy agencies hacked into the DNC’s email, leaking these emails to WikiLeaks. In these emails, it is reported that DNC leadership clearly gave bias to Hillary Clinton, conspiring to ensure Hillary Clinton received the nomination for President, over Bernie Sanders. But why? It has been proposed that it is in Vladimir Putin’s best interests to see a Donald Trump presidency, so damaging the Clinton campaign would do them both some good. Who wouldn’t identify with this Russian stud though?
- Sarah Silverman
Who can forget this moment from Sarah Silverman? “Bernie or bust people…you’re being ridiculous.” Nuf said…
- Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton gave a touching speech about the history and evolution of his relationship with his wife, highlighting how they met, Hillary’s early days of activism, and the long struggle to get her to marry him. Very sweet.
- Donald Trump
In an odd move, even for @realDonaldTrump, he keeps tweeting about Elizabeth Warren, referring to her as “Pocahontas.” For help explaining why, let’s turn to vox.com, which notes, “Trump’s comments may be racist against Native Americans, but he’s using it here to sarcastically suggest that Warren really isn’t Native American [she claimed to have Cherokee ancestry]. (Which, oddly enough, proves that Trump can also be racist while trying to insult someone for being white.)”
She hasn’t spoken yet, but I think it’s safe to assume she will accept the nomination to be the Democratic Party’s candidate for President of the United States. This is a historic moment for the country. What’s that sound? Oh, just the ceiling shattering…
- Bernie Sanders
In a magnanimous gesture to unify the Democratic Party, Bernie Sanders gave a rousing speech on Monday, wholeheartedly endorsing Hillary Clinton. Yes, much of it was his standard stump speech, but in the end he threw his full support behind Hillary Clinton, garnering boos from the ‘Bernie or Bust’ contingent. And on Tuesday, during the roll call vote from delegates, when it reached Vermont, Bernie Sanders made the official motion to stop counting delegates and make Hillary Clinton the Party nominee. I’m gonna miss Larry David…
- Michelle Obama
In what may end up being the #1 moment of the entire DNC, First Lady, Michelle Obama, stole the show and gave a masterful, elegant speech on why Hillary Clinton should be the next President of the United States. Mrs. Obama’s speech centered on children and the opportunities that Hillary Clinton presents for all of America’s children and their futures. She also “position[ed] herself and Hillary Clinton as mainstream, while Donald Trump is far outside it,” says The Week. Time will tell what it did for Hillary Clinton’s campaign, but it was definitely moving and worth a watch!