PHILADELPHIA — A day after his jeering supporters disrupted an appearance by Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Bernie Sanders dropped in on a Florida delegation breakfast this morning and urged his supporters to unite behind Hillary Clinton to defeat Donald Trump.
Sanders and an entourage of security personnel and TV cameras showed up while Rep. Kathy Castor was speaking. She wisely yielded the microphone as all attention in the room shifted to the Vermont senator.
“We all know what our task is and that is to make sure that Donald Trump is not elected president…He is a demagogue, a bully and somebody who does not believe in the constitution of the United States,” said Sanders, who spoke for about five minutes.
“Our job in a difficult moment is to bring people together, not divide us up,” he said.
“It is not just about electing candidates. It is about transforming the country,” Sanders said. “The political revolution has begun and it will continue.”
Florida delegates also heard from House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Sens. Bill Nelson of Florida and Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, and U.S. Reps. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., and Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach.
“I need your attention, because I worked very hard on these remarks…This is very emotional for me,” Frankel began.
“From a young age, my parents impressed on me the values that you work hard for what you want in life, that your word is your bond and you do what you say and you keep your promise, that you treat people with respect,” Frankel deadpanned in an allusion to the passage from a 2008 Michelle Obama speech that was lifted by Melania Trump at last week’s Republican National Convention.