DNC in Philadelphia: Photos from the rowdy convention floor
This week brings the Democrats’ turn in the spotlight.
The Democratic National Convention kicked off in Philadelphia Monday, just days after the Republican Party’s event wrapped up in Cleveland. The first day of the DNC showed a comparatively united front — but not without some visible fractures. Bernie Sanders supporters protested on Sunday ahead of the convention, and also made their voices known on the convention floor with intermittent boos and jeers. Some continue to insist that they will not support presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, despite the Vermont senator’s endorsement of her.
For his part, Sanders delivered a rousing prime-time address on Monday night, in which he enumerated his oft-expressed views on income inequality, campaign funding, and climate change. Ultimately, though, he offered his support for Clinton and insisted that she’s the best option for avoiding a Donald Trump presidency.
While several Sanders supporters on the floor appeared visibly upset during his speech, some tried to overshadow the lengthy attack by Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Trump with more cries of disappointment. Meanwhile, first lady Michelle Obama arguably stole the show on Monday night with an impassioned and moving speech centered on how far the country has progressed in recent decades.
The DNC brought drama even before officially getting underway, however: Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned on Sunday over leaked emails that suggested she and the committee were favoring Clinton’s campaign over Sanders’.
These photographs were shot on assignment by photographer Mark Peterson for MSNBC Photography as part of his on-going body of work “Political Theatre” which examines the landscape of the American political system.