Day two of the 2016 Democratic National Convention was filled with powerful speeches, calls to action and performances. Here is a roundup of the best the day had to offer…
Bill Clinton’s Full Speech at 2016 DNC
The most anticipated speech of the night came from former President Bill Clinton.
Clinton, the gifted orator that he is, had the crowd hanging on his words and he delivered, starting with the story of how he met Hillary. His recollections were warm and personal, something the Hillary Clinton campaign has been criticized for not having enough of in the past.
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But it wasn’t all personal. He also made the case for Hillary as a leader who can make a positive impact on our country.
“She is the best darn change maker I have ever known,” Clinton said, in his characteristically folksy way.
“I can tell you this. If you were sitting where I’m sitting and you heard what I have heard at every dinner conversation, every lunch conversation, on every lone walk, you would say this woman has never been satisfied with the status quo in anything,” he said. “She always wants to move the ball forward. That is just who she is.”
Read the full transcript of Bill Clinton’s speech here.
Meryl Streep’s Full Speech at 2016 DNC
Meryl Streep came with all the energy, starting off her speech with a Howard Dean-esque “Wooo!”
“We got some fight left in us, don’t we?” she asked the crowd. “What does it take to be the first female anything? It takes grit, and it takes grace.”
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“Hillary Clinton has taken some fire over 40 years of her fight for families and children,” she continued. “How does she do it?”
She pointed out that history had been made and said that history would be made again in November, assuring that Clinton will win the election against Donald Trump, whom Streep recently parodied.
“She’ll be the first, but she won’t be the last,” Streep concluded.
Read the full transcript of Meryl Streep’s speech here.
Hillary Clinton Surprise Appearance Via Satellite
Clinton made that same case when she made a surprise appearance via satellite.
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“Hello, Philadelphia,” she said. “I’m so happy. It’s been a great day, and what an incredible honor that you’ve given me. And I can’t believe that we’ve just put the biggest crack in that glass ceiling yet, thanks to you and to everyone who’s worked so hard to make this possible. This is really your victory. This is really your night. And if there are any little girls out there who stayed up late to watch, let me just say, I may become the first woman president, but one of you is next.”
Alicia Keys Performance at 2016 DNC
Alicia Keys performed “Superwoman” and “In Common.” She dedicated her performance to the Mothers of the Movement.
She also called for unity.
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“Big up to Bernie Sanders. Where are my Bernie people at? Big up to Hillary Clinton. Where are my Hillary people at? It’s time to stand together and be unified,” she said. “We can’t let politics divide us. We have to show the world that bigotry and fear will never win, because we have so much in common.”
“Tonight is an incredible night for American history and feminist history. Don’t waste the vote. Vote for Hillary Clinton, because love will always win!” Keys said.
Mothers of the Movement
Mothers of the Movement took the stage to speak on the need to protect people of color from violence and police brutality, with nine women present and three speaking: Geneva Reed-Veal, the mother of Sandra Bland, Lucy McBath, the mother of Jordan Davis, and Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin.
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There were “Black Lives Matter” chants and signs on the floor.
“I am here with Hillary Clinton tonight because she is a leader, and a mother, who will say our children’s names,” Reed-Veal. “She knows that when a young black life is cut short…it’s a national loss. It’s a loss that diminishes all of us.”
This major platform for the movement for the protection of black and brown lives is another reason this convention is making history.
Read the full transcript of the Mothers of the Movement speeches here.
What were your favorite moments from night two of the 2016 Democratic National Convention? Let us know in the comments below.
“Clinton, the gifted orator that he is, had the crowd hanging on his words and he delivered, starting with the story of how he met Hillary.”
I’m sure that is true, considering the audience. However, Queerty fails to mention the approximately 700 Sanders supporters who walked out and did not hear Clinton’s speech.
The DNC quickly went to Craig’s List and posted an ad for 700 “actors” to be seat fillers for the empty arena for the rest of the evening.
@Alistair Wiseman: At least your comment posted. I am surprised you got that one thru. How many attempts did it take?
Bill Clinton should tell us about the time he met Monica.
I’m so proud of the Democratic party.
Believe it or not, it posted on the first try. Recently, I have had three different comments and none of them would post. It is an election year and Queerty is hard at work to maintain the progressive narrative groupthink.
Slick Willie just kind of forgot 1998.
Queerty is asking what our favorite moments from the Democratic Convention have been thus far.
One of my favorite moments is when Bruce Carter, founder of Black Men for Bernie, told thousands of attendees at a “Day of Bernie” to watch the documentary ‘Clinton Cash’.
What a deep and penetrating public exposure. Overwhelmingly convincing analysis with facts, intelligence and examples.
Golly, you really got me this time. Great work.
Wait there’s more
@Alistair Wiseman: This makes sense as a lot of people who were there for the DNC were not happy that Bernie sold out and that Hillary was given the nomination. Everyone that’s into Bernie is going to vote for Jill Stein instead of Hillary.
@ErikO: No, I support and voted for Bernie in the primary but I’m going to vote for Hillary Clinton. Most Bernie supporters I know are doing the same, especially if they live in swing states.
Day 3 was great. Joe Biden’s speech was great, Tim Kaine was solid and quite funny at points, President Obama made a strong case for Hillary Clinton, and the oligarch Bloomberg put it very simply: we need to elect someone “sane and competent,” a very low bar, but as he pointed out and as most New Yorkers know, Donald Trump is a “con man.” So decent job, DNC. And a much brighter, more hopeful tone with nearly all the speeches than one heard at the faux-Nuremberg rally in Cleveland.
@Brian: “Bill Clinton should tell us about the time he met Monica.”
Actually you should tell us about the huge list of republican hypocrites who set themselves up as guardians of virtue and then whine about how Jesus forgives them when they are caught in their perversions! You gladly lick their asses when you make pointless comments like this!
Clinton never claimed to be jesus-like as your heroes do, and instead claimed to simply be an effective and dedicated politician. Which he was. We see your deflection, we see your hypocrisy, we see your cynicism and negativity. It has shaped you into the buffoon you are.
@Alistair Wiseman: You seem never to be able to tell the difference between journalism and blogging, or between fact checkers and those with extreme political agendas.
The right seems constantly oblivious to their problem seeing the difference between reality, wishful thinking and imagination.
You have been asked MANY times and never responded. Please cite your reasons that lgbt’s SHOULD vote for the GOP. Positive reasons, with backing facts, not just “Hillary’s a b*tch” or other ridiculous comments.
You’re like the abused kid who keeps defending their parent, and then one day somebody asks them why and they can’t provide an answer.
@DCguy: I have a reason. I am a Bernie supporter but we got pushed aside. We know the system will never allow anyone except Hillary to be elected, so all the dedicated Hillary fans really have nothing to worry about, it’s going to happen. BUT go to you tube and watch “Walking in Paris as a Jew” you find that Jews are spat upon, cat-called, threatened and bullied. That’s the future for gays in NYC and other cities where gays walk around, identifiable as gays. The mus lims will show up at Pride, they will intimidate on the street, or maybe another 49 will be gunned down by a radical mus lim. Hillary wants more mus lims in our communities. I do not. I’m voting GOP. For that one reason.
@MediaGuy: stated : watch “Walking in Paris as a Jew” you find that Jews are spat upon, cat-called, threatened and bullied.”
Yeah, that’s the phony line that the right wing tried to come up with. Problem is, how about you read the GOP plank. Which is worse, somebody spitting at you, or you being legally dragged into a mental hospital and subjected to conversion therapy? Spitting or not being able to visit your partner in the hospital or make medical decisions for them? To not get married, to not adopt, to not be able to legally shop in stores if they don’t want to serve you.
Please don’t pretend that you are voting for the GOP because they are going to protect lgbt’s when their entire platform is an all out attack against us. And you defend it because a youtube video shows somebody getting spit on? Please, walk down the streets in Alabama holding hands with a same sex partner and see what happens to you.
So nice try. Oh, and as for the shootings. Well by voting GOP you just make it easier for Crazies to GET the guns. So again, nice try, but give the B.S. a rest.
@MediaGuy:” I’m voting GOP. For that one reason.”
Don’t believe you were a Bernie supporter or ever a democrat, given that you are using the single most ridiculous trump statement from his speech as if it were real. You are no and have been in his thrall.
Look, if you are able at history, current events, and reality. The danger to LGBT people in this country is not the “foreign threat”. It is the very real attempts on the part of the right to force us back into the closet, to destroy all our civil rights advances, to recriminalize us, and strengthen myth of gay recruitment, gays as pedophiles and homosexuality as a “choice” akin to drug addiction and criminal activity. THAT is the threat we face every day, not a paranoid extrapolation from the actions of one specific sick US CITIZEN who happened to be Muslim. Do you know any Muslims? How is characterizing them as you do any different from the right wing view of “the Gays”, or the klan’s view of “the Blacks”. No group is monolithic. Were “the Muslims” monolithic in their philosophy, bahavior and goals the world would ALREADY be their caliphate!
As for Clinton getting the nomination, that was not because “the system” required it. It is because she was not constantly shouting and and kvetching, not a one note candidate, more well rounded in her responses in debates and interviews and as a result impressed more voters.
What is it about you right wingers that makes you not only unable to act in your own self interest as a gay person, but also makes you so disingenuous. The GOP platform is clear, and is anti-lgbt. Nobody who was a democrat and gay would vote for Trump.
Even far left website dailykos calls them a liar.
“But..but..they have “Fact” in their name!”
They are so consistently bad and left-leaning there is a counter website.
Now there is video from DNC delegates that there is indeed seat fillers. I guess your precious snopes.com will have to change their post. But they won’t.
The second video on this post contains a video confirming DNC seat fillers:
This contains another video that also talks about the “white noise machines” the DNC put up so the Sanders delegates could not be heard.
Sorry, it is this link that talks about the seat fillers and the white noise machines:
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