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Sarah Silverman rips into Sanders supporters at the DNC: "To the 'Bernie or Bust' people -- you're being ridiculous"

Fed up with the chorus of boos, Sarah Silverman snapped at her fellow Bernie supporters at the DNC


Scott Eric Kaufman
July 26, 2016 5:27AM (UTC)

Comedian Sarah Silverman took the stage at the Democratic National Convention and announced that she "feels the Bern -- but not to worry, she put some cream on it." She later attacked those who, unlike her, refused to recognize that they'd be betraying what Sanders stood for if they don't support Clinton.

Clearly frustrated by the chorus of boos and shouts from Sanders supporters, Silverman snapped: "Can I just say to the 'Bernie or Bust' people -- you're being ridiculous."

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Dirty jokes notwithstanding, it was clear why the national committee wanted such an outspoken Sanders supporter like Silverman at the podium -- to highlight how Sanders pushed Clinton to the left, and to appeal to Sanders' remaining supporters to oppose Donald Trump.

"Not only did Bernie wake us up [to the problems with Citizens United]," she said, "he made us understand what is possible and what we deserve." She claimed that Sanders showed "that all Americans deserve quality healthcare and education, not just the wealthy elites."

"That sounds so obvious, who wouldn't agree with that?" Silverman asked, before adding that she "believes that people who weren't born with the same opportunities as you and me should be given the same opportunities as you and me -- and all it takes to accomplish this is everyone, all of us."

"Or," she said, quoting Hillary Clinton, "as one pretty kick-ass woman once said, 'it takes a village.'"

Silverman said that the Democratic primary had been "exemplary, no talk about how big people's hands are or whether they go to the bathroom, that's stuff for third graders -- like major arrested development stuff. That's 'I'm still emotionally four and I'm still calling people names from my gold encrusted sandbox because I was given money instead of human touch or coping skills."

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"Hillary is our nominee," she concluded, "and I will proudly vote for her. It's inspiring! A few years ago she was just a secretary, and now she's going to be president! I am proud to be a part of Bernie's movement, and a vital part of that moment is making sure Hillary Clinton is the next president of the United States."

 


Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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