ABC News(PHILADELPHIA) — Democrats brought the drama to Pennsylvania and we’re only a day in.
Big name political stars — including Hillary Clinton’s former rival Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and First Lady Michelle Obama — took the stage Monday, but it was the action on the floor that created the most fireworks. Reeling from the Fallout
The Democratic convention did not get off to a smooth start on Monday.
It started with a last-minute switch of the opening speaker. DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who announced that she would be resigning at the end of the week after the convention, decided not to be the one to gavel the convention into session because of the drama surrounding the Democratic National Committee’s email leak, which appears to show party officials showing support of Clinton over Sanders.
Instead, Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake formally started the convention. And at first, she forgot to use the actual gavel.
Beyond that, the first three hours were full of outbursts and boos from Sanders supporters. Roll Call Could Get Raucous
The very first hours of the convention were rowdy as the floor broke into jeers throughout several speakers’ addresses.
The very first time that Clinton’s name was mentioned sparked a round of “Bernie!” chants, which continued for much of the beginning of the program.
The roll call vote of each state is going to pose and even bigger opportunity for any disgruntled Sanders voters to show their displeasure. Maternal Movement
One of the more emotional moments from tonight’s speeches will likely come when “Mothers of the Movement” will take the stage.
The group includes Trayvon Martin’s mom Sybrina Fulton, Michael Brown’s mother Lezley McSpadden and Eric Garner’s mother Gwen Carr among others.
The circumstances of their childrens deaths may be different, but all of the mothers have endorsed Clinton’s campaign. Protests in Philadelphia
Hundreds of protesters took different routes in Philadelphia on Monday and the drama in the city and outside of the convention center seems unlikely to let up.
The demonstrations have generally been bigger than the ones held in Cleveland last week during the Republican National Convention, but like them, there have not been significant reports of violence.
As of Monday night, there were no arrests even though multiple people have been detained, police told ABC. Bill Clinton Takes the Stage
One of Hillary Clinton’s most active surrogates was been her husband, former President Bill Clinton, and now he’s headed to the main stage.
He arrived in Philadelphia on Monday and attended a reception for members of Congress before heading out of the facility.
Clinton has a history of making an impact at Democratic National Conventions. His speech at the 2012 convention in Charlotte was lauded after his 48 minute, wonky speech where he made a case for President Obama’s re-election.
Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(PHILADELPHIA) — First Lady Michelle Obama's speech before the Democratic National Convention brought raucous cheers in Philadelphia but also received praise from a special admirer all the way over on Pennsylvania Avenue.
President Obama hailed his wife's speech as "incredible" just minutes after Mrs. Obama spoke before thousands at a packed convention in Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center.
"Incredible speech by an incredible woman," the president said in a late-Monday-night tweet. "Couldn't be more proud & our country has been blessed to have her as FLOTUS. I love you, Michelle."
Incredible speech by an incredible woman. Couldn't be more proud & our country has been blessed to have her as FLOTUS. I love you, Michelle.
ABC News(PHILADELPHIA) — Baltimore Mayor Stephanie C. Rawlings-Blake, the secretary of the Democratic National Committee who on short notice filled in for DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Shultz on convention gavel duty Monday, told ABC News that she is "still very optimistic" about the party's members coming together in the wake of a controversial email leak and waves of protests at the convention.
Rawlings-Blake said Sen. Bernie Sanders "needs to set the tone" to bring the party together as it's important to "stay focused" on beating Donald Trump even as differences within the party have caused disruption both in and outside the convention hall on Monday.
Rawlings-Blake said some of the anger displayed on Monday at the convention was to be expected and compared the convention floor to a "football field on game day."
"Everyone here is hyped up," she said. "We're focused on moving forward."
She also defended the the right of protesters to express their differences with the party.
ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- Sen. Bernie Sanders took the stage as the last speaker of the night Monday at the Democratic National Convention, capping a hard-fought primary and urging supporters to vote for Hillary Clinton, despite many being angry over the outcome.
"Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States," he told the crowd in Philadelphia.
His speech came after his supporters booed several of the first speakers of the evening, and he addressed that anger early in his speech.
"I understand that many people here in this convention hall and around the country are disappointed about the final results of the nominating process," Sanders said. "I think it’s fair to say that no one is more disappointed than I am. But to all of our supporters – here and around the country – I hope you take enormous pride in the historical accomplishments we have achieved."
Sanders was regularly interrupted by cheers of his name and spent three full minutes taking in applause after taking the stage and before he started his address.
The drama on the floor won't necessarily end tonight, as Sanders himself showed that it's not entirely about party unity.
“I look forward to your votes during the roll call tomorrow night,” he said, making it clear that he will not be releasing his delegates to Clinton.
This is a developing story. Please check back in for updates.
ABCNews.com(PHILADELPHIA) -- In a rousing call for Democratic unity behind Hillary Clinton, First Lady Michelle Obama described the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee as a "true public servant" with the ability and experience to lead -- and criticized Donald Trump without mentioning him by name.
"Hillary Clinton has never quit on anything in her life," Obama said. "I want someone with proven strength ... someone who understands that the issues a president faces are not black and white and cannot be boiled down to 140 characters."
"When you have the nuclear codes at your fingertips and the military in your command, you can't make snap decisions," she added. "You can't have a thin skin or tendency to lash out."
Clinton, Obama said, "has the guts and the grace to keep coming back and putting those cracks in that highest and hardest glass ceiling."
Citing the historic nature of Clinton's nomination, Obama said her daughters -- "two beautiful, intelligent, black young women, playing with their dogs on the White House lawn" -- can "now take for granted that a woman can be president of the United States."
ABCNews.com(PHILADELPHIA) -- Cory Booker's speech received some of the biggest cheers of the night at the Democratic National Convention Monday and prompted social media speculation that he may be hosting his own convention some day.
The New Jersey Senator repeated a refrain based off a famous Maya Angelou poem "Still I Rise" in repeatedly saying "America, we will rise!"
He also brought up his Jersey roots in an attack against Trump's business record and his casino troubles.
"Now, I take particular interest in the fact that Trump says he would run our country like he has run his businesses. Well, I’m from Jersey. I’m from the great Garden State, and we’ve seen the way he leads in Atlantic City. He got rich while his companies declared multiple bankruptcies," Booker said.
When his 20-minute speech wrapped up, much of the crowd was on its feet.
Booker's name was floated as a possible vice presidential candidate for Clinton and was a well-known surrogate for her both on the trail and in Cleveland during the Republican National Convention.
Now the success of his speech has viewers on social media looking to his political future.
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ABCNews.com(PHILADELPHIA) -- It's not funny anymore.
Stand-up comedian and actress Sarah Silverman, who backed Sen. Bernie Sanders during the primary, delivered one of the top punch lines of the night to "Bernie-or-Bust" crowd at the Democratic National Convention -- you're being ridiculous."
Silverman, who was introduced by former comedian Sen. Al Franken, of Minnesota, started her speech by praising Sanders' run for the presidency during the Democratic primaries, and said "Bernie succeeded in so many ways."
She mocked the Citizens United court decision, and said that she was "glad that Hillary has vowed to overturn it."
Some members of the crowd turned on Silverman, however, when she endorsed Clinton.
"Hillary is our Democratic nominee and I will proudly vote for her," she said. "I will vote for Hillary with gusto."
Some people waved signs that said "Bernie" or that simply said "no." Audible chants of "Bernie!" could be heard when Silverman and Franken stood together at the podium after the speech, awaiting an appearance by folk singer Paul Simon.
That's when Silverman let loose. "You're being ridiculous," she told them.
ABC News(PHILADELPHIA) -- The Democratic National Convention got off to a rough start Monday amid tensions over an email scandal involving outgoing Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Bernie Sanders supporters angry over the primary process.
Every time Hillary Clinton and her running mate, Tim Kaine, were mentioned onstage during the first several hours of the convention, a round of boos followed. At different points as different people spoke, Sanders supporters broke into chants of "Bernie! Bernie!" Some delegates shouted "No TPP" in protest of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal decried by Republican nominee Donald Trump as well.
In the wake of the outcry, an effort on both the Clinton and Sanders teams was underway to quash any lingering issues, sources said.
Sanders sent a personalized text to his supporters in an effort to quell any remaining tensions and calls for action on the floor tonight. The text read: "I ask you as a personal courtesy to me to not engage in any kind of protest on the floor. Its of utmost importance you explain this to your delegations - Bernie," the text read.
Beyond Sanders' individual actions, Clinton and Sanders whips were working together on the floor to stop and protests. This includes well-known Sanders surrogates like Ben Jealous, the CEO of the NAACP, who spoke on stage this evening.
The fractious start comes days after a leak of Democratic National Committee emails that appeared to show Wasserman Schultz and other committee officials showing favor to Clinton and trying to undercut Sanders' bid.
Shortly after the convention began, the Democratic National Committee apologized to Sanders.
"On behalf of everyone at the DNC, we want to offer a deep and sincere apology to Sen. Sanders, his supporters and the entire Democratic Party for the inexcusable remarks made over email," interim DNC Chairwoman Donna Brazile said in a statement. "These comments do not reflect the values of the DNC or our steadfast commitment to neutrality during the nominating process."
Wasserman Schultz is expected to step down at the end of the week after tendering her resignation. She was swapped out of the starting ceremony for the convention; instead, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake gaveled the session to order in her capacity as the secretary of the Democratic National Committee.
Even that didn't go smoothly: She called the meeting to order but forgot to use the gavel.
The first time Clinton was mentioned during the convention was during the invocation, and while there was a round of cheers, there was also a burst of "Bernie!" chanting that lasted about 20 seconds.
The next speaker faced a similar fate, with chants of "Bernie" and "No TPP" heard.
"I am going to be respectful of you, and I want you to be respectful of me," Ohio Rep. Marsha Fudge said after being interrupted. "We're all Democrats, and we need to act like it."
Maine state Rep. Diane Russell was met with a mix of "Bernie!" and "Clinton!" cheers when she said she is "a proud delegate for Bernie Sanders."
"I want to be clear," she said. "We did not win this by selling out. We won this by standing up. We won this by standing together."
Russell continued, "Whether you support Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton, we're all in this together … We will all have a voice in a Clinton administration. We can work together on so much."
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., gave an address about the work of the Democratic Rules Committee while battling shouts of "No TPP" steadily through his speech.
A group of about eight Michigan delegates formed a silent protest for a portion of Monday night. Some had tape over their mouths saying they were "silenced by the DNC" or signs to that effect. They told ABC News that they plan to hold their signs throughout the night.
Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- Al Franken, a U.S. Senator from Minnesota and alumnus of Saturday Night Live, returned to his comic roots at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Monday in skewering Republican nominee Donald Trump's business record and the now-defunct Trump University.
Franken announced that he majored in "megalomania studies at Trump University," and had to empty out his 401k retirement fund and "take out a reverse mortgage" to pay his tuition.
Trump University is the "school of ripping people off," Franken said.
Referring to books by Trump, Franken said "all of Trump's bestsellers" were "available to students at 10 percent higher than regular rate."
He also quipped sardonically that Trump's business record qualifies him to be president, but added: "If you believe that I have some delicious Trump steaks to sell you."
The politician and former professional comedian transitioned to an endorsement of Hillary Clinton.
"Maybe we should go with a candidate who has spent her life working to get things done for the American people," Franken said. "I am proud to call Hillary Clinton my friend and I can't wait to call her Madam President."
Later, he called upon Democratic activists to work for Clinton's campaign.
"Many of you have families," he noted facetiously. "Ignore them."
ABCNews.com(PHILADELPHIA) -- Democrats gave undocumented immigrants and their concerns a featured role on the first day of the Democratic National Convention on Monday in Philadelphia, drawing sharp contrasts with Donald Trump and his hardline proposals on immigration.
Karla Ortiz, an 11-year-old daughter of undocumented immigrants whose tearful embrace with Clinton at a Nevada event became a campaign ad, spoke on stage with her mother Francisca about the fear and insecurity surrounding her parents’ circumstances.
“I’m scared that at any moment, my mom and my dad will be forced to leave,” she said. “I wonder, what if I come home and find it empty?”
The young Ortiz –- who said she wants to go to law school and become an immigration lawyer -– was followed by Astrid Silva, an undocumented immigrant and activist who decried Trump’s proposal to deport the undocumented.
“When Donald Trump talks about deporting 11 million people, he’s talking about ripping families apart,” she said.
Rep. Luis Gutierrez, an Illinois Democrat who would likely play a leading role in any effort to pass comprehensive immigration reform in a Clinton administration, called Trump’s proposal a “sick, hateful fantasy.”
“I will raise my voice against the bigot who thinks a judge born in Indiana can’t do his job because his parents were born in Mexico,” Gutierrez said, referring to Trump’s criticism of an Indiana-born judge of Mexican descent who is presiding over a lawsuit against the now-defunct Trump University.
Clinton and running mate Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia have pledged to work on immigration reform in their first 100 days of office.
ABCNews.com(ROANOKE, Va.) -- Donald Trump slammed Hillary Clinton as "disloyal" over the email scandal surrounding outgoing Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, saying that she "threw her under a bus."
In their first public appearance after the Republican National Convention, Trump, alongside running mate Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, commented for the first time Wasserman Schultz stepping down after emails emerged appearing to show her and other party officials helping Clinton in the primary.
“I just want to say that Debbie Wasserman Schultz -- I always knew she was highly overrated,” Trump said.
"But she just got fired. They said Debbie. You’re fired. Get out. Get out Debbie. Out. Boom.”
Wasserman Schultz, in fact, resigned, but that didn't stop Trump from blaming Clinton.
"How about that though for disloyalty from Hillary Clinton?” he asked.
"Debbie was totally loyal to Hillary and Hillary threw her under a bus and it didn't take her more than five minutes to make that decision. Man, I don't want her covering my back,” he said.
Trump was referring to a massive hack of DNC servers that show efforts by DNC officials to undermine Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders during the primary season. Those damaging emails have since been released by WikiLeaks, agitating Sanders supporters at the start of the Democratic convention in Philadelphia and prompting Wasserman Schultz's resignation, effective at the end of the week.
Trump claimed that Clinton knew that the DNC was conspiring against Sanders. "She knew it's a rigged system that Bernie Sanders never had a chance," he said. "He never had a chance."
The FBI said it is investigating a massive breach of the Democratic National Committee's computers, which sources and experts say was likely the work of government hackers in Russia. Trump seemed to applaud their efforts.
"She [Wasserman Schultz] worked very, very hard to rig the system. Little did she know that China, Russia, one of our many, many friends came in and hacked the hell out of us. Can you imagine? Can you imagine what they're hacking? I guarantee we'll find the 33,000 e-mails,” he said, referring to Clinton's own email scandal.
Trump also assailed Clinton's running mate, Tim Kaine, and his record from his time as governor of Virginia as evidence of “Clinton’s bad judgement.”
"So Hillary Clinton has bad judgement. She shouldn’t have picked this guy. Big mistake because he is the exact opposite of what all of the Bernie people want,” he said. He added, “Mike pence of Indiana has done an unbelievable job. Triple A bond rating, so many different things. Job creation. Top in virtually every category.”
And in his rebuttal of Clinton, he also referred to another Clinton VP contender, Elizabeth Warren, whom he’s coined “Pocahontas” for her claims of Native American heritage.
“Instead of picking somebody and you don’t have to go with Pocahontas, you don’t have to go that far," he said. "Who by the way who hasn’t done anything. She is the worst senator in the US senate. You know she has a fresh mouth other than that she’s got nothing going for her."
iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The FBI is now officially acknowledging its investigation into a massive breach of the Democratic National Committee's computers, which sources and experts say was likely the work of government hackers in Russia.
The hack apparently allowed the cyber operatives to not only steal opposition research on Republican nominee Donald Trump, and many suspect it also led to the theft of internal messages that show efforts by DNC officials to undermine Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders during the primary season. Those damaging private emails have since been released by WikiLeaks, agitating Sanders followers at the start of the Democratic convention in Philadelphia and prompting DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz to tender her resignation, effective at the end of the week.
"The FBI is investigating a cyber intrusion involving the DNC and are working to determine the nature and scope of the matter," the FBI said in a statement Monday. "A compromise of this nature is something we take very seriously, and the FBI will continue to investigate and hold accountable those who pose a threat in cyberspace."
For weeks, the FBI had been unwilling to confirm it was looking into the hack -- or even that such a hack had taken place, as The Washington Post first reported in June.
Nevertheless, a cyber security firm working with the DNC spoke extensively at the time about how the DNC was hacked by "two separate Russian intelligence agencies."
Dmitri Alperovitch, the co-founder of firm CrowdStrike, told ABC News in June he knew "definitively" that the GRU, Russia's military intelligence agency, was behind the cyber attack, and he was "less confident in, but [had] reason to believe" the Federal Security Service (or FSB), Russia’s security service, also took part. A Russian embassy spokesman denied the allegations.
The hackers were "looking for opposition research on Trump and his campaign" and "they did take opposition research on Trump," Alperovitch said at the time.
"This also shows you espionage has now moved off the just physical realm of recruiting spies and getting information, it's now through cyber means. This is a traditional target of Russian intelligence for 100 years but now doing it for cyber," Alperovitch said, referring to U.S. candidates and campaigns. "I would say this is not surprising at all, this is what intelligence agencies" want to get.
He said the DNC is "absolutely" safer now, explaining back in June that CrowdStrike did a full remediation and "kicked out both adversaries." He added that they installed software because they "expect for them to come back."
"Russian intelligence's interest in the U.S. political system will not cease, it will only intensify and there will be ongoing attempts to hack into the network going forward," Alperovitch said.
Alexander Tamargo/WireImage(PHILADELPHIA) — Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz won’t open her party’s national convention in Philadelphia Monday, an official confirmed to ABC News.
The news comes one day after Wasserman Schultz announced she would resign from the post at the end of the convention amid the release of internal Democratic National Committee emails by WikiLeaks that appear to show party officials strategizing ways to aid Hillary Clinton and harm Sen. Bernie Sanders politically during the primaries. The outgoing chairwoman was booed and jeered at a pre-convention delegation breakfast Monday morning in Philadelphia.
Wasserman Schultz's decision to not bring the Democratic National Convention to session at the Wells Fargo Center Monday was first reported by the Sun Sentinel, which briefly spoke with the Florida congresswoman by phone.
"I have decided that in the interest of making sure that we can start the Democratic convention on a high note that I am not going to gavel in the convention," she told the South Florida newspaper.
While her role at the convention this week may be reduced, Wasserman Schultz has made it clear that she does not intend to shy away from the campaign trail. She told the Florida delegation breakfast Monday morning that the public “will see me every day” between now and the election.
Adam Schultz for Hillary for America(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — Hillary Clinton spoke to a group of veterans on Monday saying she recognized it might take "a little getting used to" that she would be the first female commander-in-chief should she win the White House.
"I know this is the first time that one of our two major parties has ever nominated a woman," the presumptive Democratic nominee said at the Veterans of Foreign Wars annual convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. "And I know that it takes a little getting used to."
"But here’s what I want you to know," she continued. "I will get up every single day in the White House doing everything I possibly can to protect our country, to treat our men and women in uniform with the care and concern and respect they deserve, to make good on our nation’s promises to our veterans. That’s how I was raised, that’s what I have done and I promise you that’s what I will do."
During these remarks, Clinton -- who was greeted with a polite, but perhaps tepid, response from the crowd -- did not specifically mention her Republican opponent Donald Trump, but also didn't shy away from taking jabs at him.
Contrasting their foreign policy visions, Clinton said "one thing for certain you will not ever hear from me is praise for dictators and strongmen who have no love for America."
"You will never hear me say that I only listen to myself on national security," she added.
The former secretary of state also critiqued Trump for what she believes is his negative view of the country.
"I don't understand people who trash talk about America, who talk about us as being in decline, who act as though we are not yet the greatest country that has ever been created on the face of the Earth for all of history," she explained. "If you want somebody who will scapegoat other people, peddle fear and smear, I'm not your candidate."