Sarah Silverman has a message to Bernie Sanders’ supporters — and it’s not flattering.
The comedienne, who supported the Vermont senator during the Democratic primary, took the stage with senator and comedian Al Franken, who is a Hillary Clinton supporter, on the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
“I am proud to be part of Bernie’s movement and a vital part of that movement is making absolutely sure Hillary Clinton is our next president of the United States,” said Silverman, but as some from the crowd broke into chants of “Bernie! Bernie!” she had to go and put her foot in her mouth.
“To the Bernie or bust people, you’re being ridiculous!” she added. What followed was an increasingly awkward pause from the two individuals on stage as the crowd burst into a cacophony of “boos!” and “Bernie! Bernie!”
Silverman tried to excuse her assertion by stating, “They told us to stretch,” and Franken tried to salvage the situation but the damage was done.
The two stood clumsily on stage, with Silverman posing for the cameras and Franken standing with a frozen smile.
“Thank God they can fix this in post,” Silverman joked before leaving the stage in disgrace.
But according to the Twitterstorm, many people think its Silverman herself who is being ridiculous.
Although Silverman’s tactic may have been off, she does have a point. After Clinton became the presumptive Democratic nominee, many of Sanders’ supporters have said they would rather vote for Donald Trump than Clinton. And even as Sanders passionately endorsed Clinton on Monday, his supporters still booed and chanted over him with his name.
Last, month, Bloomberg conducted interviews with two dozen Sanders supporters who revealed they had a lingering distrust for Clinton. Many supporters of the Vermont senator view the primary not as a competition between two Democrats, but a fight between an honest and a morally corrupt figure.
But to choose a racist, misogynistic, xenophobic bigot over Clinton is a bit over the top, don’t you think?