Though Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton were once rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination, they are now uniting against "a unique threat to American democracy," a.k.a. Donald Trump.
But that's not to say Sanders supporters are following the leader they once wanted to become the next president of the United States. U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who is adored by many in the progressive movement, was booed and interrupted last night as she delivered a speech at the Democratic National Convention, asking Sanders supporters to rally behind Clinton, despite their disappointment that Sanders did not win the nomination.
How did the vocal opposition respond? "We trusted you! We trusted you!" reports Business Insider.
Sarah Silverman, the comedian and actress, has been a vocal supporter of Vermont Sen. Sanders, and she was given a slot to speak at the convention Monday night. After she delivered her speech, she was met with boos from the crowd. "To the Bernie or bust crowd, you're being ridiculous," Silverman told the outspoken disrupters. The crowd responded by chanting "Bernie! Bernie! Bernie!"
Norman Solomon, a Sanders delegate from California, told The New York Times, "As beloved as Bernie is, he's not running the show." Solomon is tasked with coordinating Sanders delegates at the convention, reports the Times, and he suggested to the paper that Sanders's pleas for his supporters to not interrupt or protest at the convention "held no greater sway than anyone else's."
Sanders tried to preempt any interruptions by his supporters by texting his delegates, asking them "to not engage in any kind of protest on the floor," reports the Times.
"Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States," the senator said in his convention speech, after noting the disappointment he experienced after losing the nomination.
"Our job is to do two things -- to defeat Donald Trump and to elect Hillary Clinton," Sanders said in his speech. "It is easy to boo, but it is harder to look your kids in the face if we are living under a Trump presidency," said Sanders, addressing his supporters who booed any mention of Clinton.
It remains to be seen if his supporters will boo or heckle Clinton when she takes the stage, but so far most mentions of the former secretary of State have been met with some derision. In contrast, Trump was not booed once at the Republican convention.