Former President Bill Clinton added a human touch to the nominating process for his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, on Wednesday night with a speech about their lives together, including his (twice denied) marriage proposals and the former first lady’s early career advocacy work.
Clinton also drew a sharp contrast with Donald Trump, whose mocking comments about a disabled New York Times reporter last year have been featured prominently in pro-Clinton ads, saying she worked to help the disabled and underprivileged youth in Arkansas. The Democratic nominee herself addressed the crowd via video after Alicia Keyes performed.
Clinton’s prime-time speech followed the nominating process that officially made her the Democratic Party nominee. In a show of party unity, Vermont arranged to cast its votes last so former rival Bernie Sanders could ask the convention to suspend the rules and affirm Clinton’s nomination in a voice vote.
The 6 stories PR pros need to know from the Democratic National Convention:
Russia: We had nothing to do with it. The Kremlin denied interfering in the U.S. election on Wednesday morning, saying it wasn’t involved with the hacked Democratic National Committee emails that made their way to Wikileaks. U.S. intelligence officials told The New York Times they strongly suspect Russia played a role.
What to watch tonight: Obama at the DNC. President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg are scheduled to speak tonight. The president’s speech will show how the Obama-Clinton relationship has come full circle since he snapped, "You’re likable enough, Hillary," during a 2008 debate, according to the Associated Press.
At nearly the same time: Trump AMA. Donald Trump is expected to participate in an Ask Me Anything session on Reddit on Wednesday night. The rules will be slightly different than a normal AMA, with the discussion taking place off the usual r/IAmA subreddit starting at 7 p.m. EST.
He said what? Fox News host Bill O’Reilly responded to Michelle Obama’s Monday night speech, in which she mentioned that the White House was built by slaves, by seemingly defending the conditions in which those slaves lived and worked. "Slaves that worked there were well-fed and had decent lodgings provided by the government," he said, according to Media Matters for America.
The convention on Twitter: Bill Clinton’s speech contrasting the Hillary Clinton he knows versus the one talked about by Republicans spawned the hashtag #TheRealOne. Meanwhile, Donald Trump reignited his feud with Fox News host Megyn Kelley by tweeting that she has her facts wrong about his plan to take on the Islamic State (which he said is a secret).
You have no idea what my strategy on ISIS is, and neither does ISIS (a good thing). Please get your facts straight - thanks. @megynkelly— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 27, 2016
Sanders supporters walk out over Sanders’ backing of Clinton. Brigades of "Bernie or Bust" supporters walked out of the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia after the Vermont senator officially threw his support behind Clinton in the nominating process. Many went straight to the media center and staged a sit-in. Others burned an Israeli flag.
Yet ANOTHER crowd of Sanders supporters joins the main Sanders protest group. This is a big, rowdy crowd. pic.twitter.com/aWfQC1ksUD— Matt Pearce (@mattdpearce) July 27, 2016