Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez used her one-minute speaking slot during the second night of the Democratic National Convention Tuesday evening to nominate progressive Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders as president – without mentioning Joe Biden.
‘In a time when millions of people in the United States are looking for deep, systemic solutions to our crises of mass evictions, unemployment and lack of healthcare… out of a love of all people, I hereby second the nomination of Senator Bernard Sanders of Vermont for President of the United States of America,’ Ocasio-Cortez said.
The New York representative seconding the motion came after labor leader and activist Bob King, also a proponent of the progressive movement, issued a nomination for Sanders.
Party rules are that anyone who got more than 300 delegates is given a ceremonial nomination, which only applied to the Vermont independent senator. Convention organizers listed her and King as giving the Sanders nomination.
But AOC not mentioning Biden at all raised eyebrows in a party which has stressed unity above all in recent weeks. Several network news commentators mentioned the absence of Biden’s name in her remarks, as did people on social media.
In fact, the New York Democrat took to Twitter to explain her speech and offer her ‘deepest congratulations’ to Biden.
New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez used her 60-second speaking slot at the Democratic National Convention Tuesday evening to nominate progressive Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders as president
Caroline Kennedy (left) and her son Jack Schlossberg (right) endorsed Joe Biden during Tuesday night’s convention – exhibiting the still-present divide between progressive and establishment Democrats
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ripped into NBC News for its tweet on her speech, blaming the network for sending online hatred at her
‘If you were confused, no worries!,’ she wrote, going on to explain the convention rules and how she was asked to be part of the Sanders nomination process.
But as confusion continued about why one of the party’s youngest, progressive stars wouldn’t mention Biden – the party’s actual nominee – in her speech, Ocasio-Cortez returned to Twitter again, this time targeting NBC News, blaming the network for sending a mass of online hatred her way.
She ripped into the network for its tweet that said: ‘In one of the shortest speeches at the DNC, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez did not endorse Joe Biden.’
NBC issued a correction at 1:15 a.m. Wednesday morning, saying its tweet should have included more information about how the nomination process worked at the convention.
‘This tweet should have included more detail on the nominating process. We have deleted the tweet to prevent its further spread, but it can be seen here for the record,’ the network wrote.
‘Ocasio-Cortez was asked by the DNC to second Sanders’ nomination. The nomination is a procedural requirement of the convention. Ocasio-Cortez has previously endorsed Biden, & her speech was similar in length to other nominating speeches,’ the network added.
But Ocasio-Cortez’s fury remained. She accused the network of sending an ‘enormous amount of hatred and vitriol’ her way and causing misinformation about her role in the convention to circulate the internet.
‘You waited several hours to correct your obvious and blatantly misleading tweet,’ she tweeted in response. ‘It sparked an enormous amount of hatred and vitriol, & now the misinfo you created is circulating on other networks. All to generate hate-clicks from a pre-recorded, routine procedural motion.’
She continued her barrage in a tweet storm where she accused NBC News of being ‘malicious’ against her.
‘This is completely unacceptable, disappointing, and appalling. The DNC shared the procedural purpose of my remarks to media WELL in advance. @NBC knew what was going to happen & that it was routine. How does a headline that malicious & misleading happen w/ that prior knowledge?,’ she added.
And she returned to Twitter minutes later to ask the network to do more to ‘fix the incredible amount of damage and misinformation’ she said it caused her.
‘So @NBCNews how are you going to fix the incredible amount of damage and misinformation that you are now responsible for? Because a 1:15am tweet to slip under the radar after blowing up a totally false and divisive narrative across networks isn’t it,’ she wrote.
In contrast to Ocasio-Cortez’s speech Tuesday night, President John F. Kennedy’s namesake grandson Jack Schlossberg and daughter Caroline Kennedy also made a side-by-side virtual appearance for the convention where they blessed Biden with the Camelot endorsement.
‘Once again, we need a leader who believes America’s best days are yet to come, we need Joe Biden,’ Schlossberg said, after footage of his grandfather’s 1960 address before the DNC played.
Caroline Kennedy said she’d known Biden since 1974, when she served as a Senate intern.
Despite the progressive and establishment divide, the Democratic Party has worked hard to maintain and present a united front as they prepare to nominate Joe Biden to become their candidate to take on President Donald Trump in November.
Ocasio-Cortez spoke from Washington, D.C. where she touted the progressive movement, which she said would establish ’21st century social, economic and human rights.’
This includes, according to her brief remarks, ‘guaranteed healthcare, higher education, living wages and labor rights for all people in the United states.’
Following Ocasio-Cortez seconding Sanders’ nomination, the rest of the states and U.S. territories participated in the roll call.
The roll call is when a representative of all the respective states’ delegates officially name the candidate they are nominating for president – in this case, Joe Biden, with a flurry of other votes coming in for Sanders.
Democrats’ roll call vote to nominate Biden took place virtually around the country this year.
Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania cast the Keystone State’s votes in front of Biden’s childhood home in Scranton.
While Sen. Sanders, who retained his delegates until tonight, stood with wife Jane in a field in Vermont as Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman announced his home state’s totals.
Khizr Khan, the Gold Star father who became a national figure when he condemned Donald Trump’s Muslim ban at the 2016 Democratic National Convention spoke on behalf of Virginia.
‘He’s a decent compassionate man,’ Khan said of Biden.
There were cameos from former Biden rivals: former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaking from Indiana, Sen. Amy Klobuchar speaking from Minnesota and Rep. Tim Ryan speaking from Ohio.
Tom Vilsack and his wife Christie cast their votes from an Iowa field, and asked for the country’s help after the recent series of storms to damage the state.
Rep. John Lewis was kept alive starting with the first votes, Alabama’s, which Rep. Terri Sewell announced in front of the Edmund Pettus Bridge.
Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser stood on a building overlooking Black Lives Matter Plaza, the last public place Lewis was photographed. While State Sen. Nikema Williams, running for Lewis’ Congressional district, spoke in front of a mural of the late congressman to cast Georgia’s votes for the nomination.
Some delegates cast their votes in front of famous landmarks, like Rep. Dina Titus did at the Las Vegas sign to represent Nevada.
While North Dakota’s delegate, Geraldine Waller, a meatpacking plant employee, was seemingly positioned in front of her house.
‘They call us essential workers, but they treat us like expendable,’ she said, arguing Biden would treat workers better.
Following Ocasio-Cortez’s remarks, the convention launched into its roll call where delegates from all 50 state and U.S. territories nominated Joe Biden as president. Here Rep. Dina Titus announced the delegate count at the Las Vegas sign to represent Nevada
Former South Bend Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg (left) and Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar (right), both former Democratic rivals in the primary against Biden, announced their delegate counts
Independent Senator Bernie Sanders, who retained his delegates until tonight, stood with wife Jane (right) in a field in Vermont as Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman announced Vermont’s state totals
Another essential worker, Scheena Iyane Tannis, represented New York, shouting ‘It’s Joe Time!’
In Tulsa, Oklahoma, where Trump held his disastrous June 20 rally, party leader Alicia Andrews brought up the Tulsa race riots as she cast her state’s vote.
College student Keely Sage cast Tennessee’s votes from the historic Hermitage Hotel, where suffragettes cheered 100 years ago Tuesday when the state got the 19th Amendment, allowing some American women the right to vote, over the line.
The tour of the U.S. ended back in Delaware as Gov. John Carney and Sen. Tom Carper stood at Biden’s favorite Wilmington Amtrak station to make the former vice president’s nomination official.
In the Wilmington school where Jill Biden would later speak, Joe Biden and Jill feted with confetti from daughter Ashley and their grandchildren.
The second night of the Democratic Convention opened with a keynote address as unconventional as the virtual event itself with 17 different speakers claiming Biden’s ideas are a ‘big f’n deal.’
The diverse group of local, state and federal level political leaders issued their endorsement of Joe Biden and said what they feel he will do to improve their respective areas based on the key issues their constituents face.
Most recognizable among the group of speakers considered rising stars within the Democratic Party was Stacey Abrams, a former representative in Georgia’s House who lost her race for governor in the state in 2018.
A large chunk of the multi-person keynote address focused on Biden’s efforts to expand the Affordable Care Act.
‘Joe’s working to protect and expand the Affordable Care Act. He’ll make sure millions of people keep their coverage,’ Texas Representative Colin Allred assured, adding he would give Medicare the ability to ‘negotiate drug prices.’
‘That’s a big f’n deal,’ Michigan State Representative Mari Manoogian said as shorthand for the expletive as she held up her hand like she were telling a secret.
Her claim was repeated by four other speakers in unison: ‘That’s a big f’n deal!’
The second night of the Democratic Convention kicked off Tuesday with 17 local and state politicians delivering an unconventional keynote address where they said presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s ideas about healthcare are a ‘big f’n deal’
The most noticeable face of them all was Stacey Abrams, the failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate who was once on the short list to become Biden’s running mate
Donald Trump’s reelection campaign sent out a statement denouncing the speakers as the ‘Radical 17,’ and included descriptions for each of them on some of their most progressive, or radical perspectives
‘Because Joe knows that we can’t have a healthy economy if people can’t afford healthcare,’ former Ohio State Representative and current county commissioner in Portage County, Ohio Kathleen Clyde said.
Donald Trump’s campaign immediately went on the attack against the speakers, calling them the ‘Radical 17’ in a campaign email sent out immediately ahead of their remarks.
‘Despite refusing to accept the results of her election, Stacey Abrams was chosen to lead a band of 17 ‘rising stars’ in delivering the keynote address of the Democrat National Convention,’ the campaign lashed out against the opening act of the second night of the convention.
It continued: ‘If this band of 17 radicals is the future of the Democrat Party, Americans should be very worried. They all hold far-left positions that are well outside the mainstream.’
Abrams closed out the keynote address with a little less than two minutes of dedicated speaking time – longer than most other politicians received without cutting to another.
‘America faces a triple threat, a public health catastrophe, and economic collapse and a reckoning with racial justice and inequality. So our choice is clear, a steady experienced public servant who can lead us out of this crisis just like he’s done before, or man who only knows how to deny and distract, a leader who cares about our families, or president who only cares about himself,’ she said in contrasting Biden to Trump.
The failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate who became the face of voter suppression was on the short list for Biden’s running mate. In her short close, she took a shot at President Trump’s attacks on mail-in voting and the crisis in the U.S. Postal Service by saying Biden will champion free and fair elections.
‘He will restore our moral compass by confronting our challenges, not by hiding from them, or undermining our elections to keep his job in a time of voter suppression at home and authoritarians abroad, Joe Biden will be a champion for free and fair elections for a public health system that keeps us safe for an economy that we build back better than before,’ she said.
Actress Tracee Ellis Ross emceed the night from Hollywood
Democrats called their 17 speakers the ‘next generation of party leaders’ and made the unusual decision to have multiple speakers in a spot that was used as a springboard for other speakers. Past keynote speakers at Democratic conventions include Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Ann Richards and Mario Cuomo.
Playing emcee from Hollywood Tuesday night was ‘Black-ish’ star Tracee Ellis Ross, who introduced the evening’s theme of ‘leadership.’ ‘This unprecedented moment calls for leadership. Steady, inclusive, leadership,’ she said.
‘As a black woman I find myself at a crucial intersection in American politics. For far too long black female leadership in this country has been utilized without being acknowledged or valued,’ Ross said. ‘But we are turning the tide.’
‘Hello Kamala,’ Ross said with a smile, calling the nomination of the first black woman to a presidential ticket ‘historic for anyone who believes in ‘we, the people.”
Ross then described Biden and Harris as leaders who will bridge the country’s burdened past to create a ‘safe, equitable and even joyful future.’