While the first two nights in this week's pep rally for the Democrats were raucous at times, with anger from disaffected Bernie Sanders supporters and others unhappy with their choice in nominee, the third night of the Democratic National Convention was slightly more subdued.
In addition to President Obama delivering what might be one of his final primetime speeches, the night featured two other much anticipated stump speeches for Hillary Clinton, by Vice President Joe Biden and Vice Presidential nominee Tim Kaine.
After giving a thunderous standing ovation to the Vice President, the crowd sat in rapt attention, with almost no boos or other chants and displays of protest that have frequently been seen on the floor this week. Biden spent much of his time reminiscing about his time in the White House with President Obama, and touched on the loss of his son Beau before making his case to the crowd for Clinton.
“This is kind of a bittersweet moment for Jill and me and our family,” said Biden. "We think about the countless thousands of other people who suffered so much more than we have. With so much less support. So much less reason to go on. But they get up every morning, every day, they put one foot in front of the other. They keep going. That's the unbreakable spirit of the people of America.”
Biden also took several digs at Donald Trump, in typical 'uncle Joe' fashion: “How can there be pleasure in saying you’re fired? He's trying to tell us he cares about the middle class? Give me a break. That's a bunch of malarkey.”
While Joe Biden may have carved out a place in the hearts of Democrats as 'America's uncle,' Tim Kaine is already seeking the title of 'America's dad.' Throughout his corny and often forced speech, the Democratic nominee for Vice President attempted to mock Trump, doing what felt like an 80s improv standup impression of the leader of the Republican xenophobic carnival.
“It's gonna be great - believe me!” said Kaine in a mockingly high pitched tone. “We're gonna build a wall and make Mexico pay for it - believe me! We're gonna destroy ISIS so fast - believe me! There's nothing suspicious in my tax returns - believe me!”
Tim Kaine is like a dad trying to roast someone in the form of the silliest dad joke of all time #DemsInPhilly
— Anna Herod (@annaleemurphy) July 28, 2016
real glad that america's volleyball coach is addressing the nation
— Benjamin Vigeant (@bvigeant) July 28, 2016
if they hacked tim kaine's email it would just be him earnestly responding to do not reply emails
— poke mongo (@andymoney69) July 28, 2016
Dissension in the ranks was still visible throughout the night, most noticeably from Democrats voicing their opposition to wanting to the Trans Pacific Partnership or fracking. In a television interview right after his speech on Monday, Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe reminded viewers Clinton once fully supported the controversial trade deal and still might waffle. While Clinton has said she supports more regulation for the environmentally disastrous process, she has not said she would ban it outright.
The most contentious moment came during former CIA Director Leon Panetta's speech. As Panetta spoke about the foreign policy dangers of a potential Trump presidency, he was met with loud chants of “no more war” by many in the crowd, resulting in the lights being killed in an entire section of the Wells Fargo Center. When protesters continued their chants, the rest of the audience tried to shout them down with chants of “USA,” an instance very similar to when Republicans at their convention in Cleveland covered a banner that read “no racism, no hate,” with the American flag.
— Aaron Cynic (@aaroncynic) July 28, 2016
— Aaron Cynic (@aaroncynic) July 28, 2016
Earlier in the evening a smattering of celebrities too voiced their disapproval with the DNC. At a press conference in the media tent, Susan Sarandon, Danny Glover and Rosario Dawson spoke to a horde of media in support of former Senator and high-profile Bernie Sanders supporter Nina Turner. Turner was allegedly snubbed by the committee and not allowed to appear onstage to nominate Sanders earlier in the week.
“There's been a lot of difficulty in executing the will of Bernie Sanders' people and surrogates, and this was just a topping for the whole thing because she was ready to go,” said Sarandon.