Said a third way through last night’s proceedings, “under our procedural rules, two Democratic electoral candidates submitted nominating documents to our convention secretary for the office of the President of the United States Of America,” Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden. The suprise here of course is Sanders. “As such,” he continued, “each candidate has submitted names for individuals who will make nominating and seconding speeches on their behalf.” Former union president Bob King and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) spoke for Sanders. Mr. King said grassroots energy added to progressive leader Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) campaign, which he ended like all other primary contenders. Mrs. Ocasio-Cortez called for better, more just future of a social, economic, and human rights platform for immigration and foreign policy turning away from our less than ideal past. And a mass movement needs garenteed healthcare, higher education, labour rights, with living wages “for all people in the United States.” Further, “Recognize and repair [sufferings from] colonization, racial injustice, misogyny, and homophobia,” which all need to be righted by this 21st century peoples’ movement for social justice issues and reform. With millions searching to avoid evictions, find jobs and healthcare, she supoorted Sanders as a champion of those ideals for those people and issues they face.
She said we need to build a new immigration and foreign policy without violence and xenophobia, in particular, which defined our past systems. Unsustainable rewarding of “explosive inequalities” for a wealthy few, placed those gains “over…long term stability.” Also, she thanked a “historic, grassroots campaign to reclaim our democracy,” when people want deep, systemic solutions for their families. Then she nominated Sanders for US President, ending as she started with a phrase in Spanish, speaking to a large Latino minority, about 18% of US citizens, its largest minority.
Mrs. Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter, where she said there could be confusion why she issued her official support of a clear second choice for Democrats to defeat President Trump in Nov. She said in response to a pop culture and TV published writer, self-described on Twitter, that there is valid reason for the confusion.
Wrote Mrs. Ocasio-Cortez in her response: “Convention rules require roll call & nominations for every candidate that passes the delegate threshold.
I was asked to 2nd the nom for Sen. Sanders for roll call.”
But still, in the same Tweet, ended with her stating support for Biden and Harris ticket. Maybe a digital endorsement, but so was her streamed second-night Democratic National Concention (DNC) endorsement speech, available on YouTube. Either way, Sanders’ previous Independent party candidicacy has put him in a grey area his protégée’s endorsement, Mrs. Ocasio-Cortez, as well as Mr. King‘s, makes even more of what is just another funky quirk of a party convention and elector system many think needs reform.
Last, following her endorsement, the supposed definitive win of Biden- Harris ticket for the Democratic nomination is further made less clear by how some states cast their vote majority for Sanders. But the program focused on the unity of the delegates’ message for Democrats as a whole, and even Puerto Rico with —just five Sanders votes and 53 for Mr. Biden — announced their contribution in Spanish, like Mrs. Ocasio-Cortez!