Rachel Charlene Lewis
July 26, 2016 6:42 am
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At last night’s Democratic National Convention, comedian Sarah Silverman called out Bernie supporters for booing those speaking about their support about Hillary Clinton, resulting in her taking them down in one simple statement: “To the Bernie or Bust crowd: you’re being ridiculous.”

Regardless of where you stand on the election, it’s hard not to be aware of the major tensions that exist not just between the parties, but within; while lifelong Republicans work to figure out whether or not they’ll vote Democrat, or third party, for the first time, Democrats remain split between happy Hillary supporters, reluctant Hillary supporters, and the “Bernie or Bust” folks, otherwise known as those who are adamant in their support for Sanders.

Silverman talked about her transition from Bernie to Hillary, saying, “Hillary heard the passion of the people, the people behind Bernie, and brought those passions into the party’s platform, and that, that is the process of democracy at it’s very best.”

In the midst of boost, Silverman pushed forward, saying,“Hillary is our democratic nominee and I will proudly vote for her.

People had mixed responses to Silverman’s call-out.

It’s worth noting that Silverman — though a symbol of hilarity and #GirlPower for some — remains a bit of a negative figure in the eyes of some members of the black community for her past commentary on blackface, and in the trans community for her portrayal of transitioning as a means of escaping misogyny.

If nothing else, this is an election to be reckoned with, and her message makes sense: everyone, regardless of their political ties, is probably better off to avoid digging their feet in the ground and to keep learning, keep researching, keep reading until the very last moment. This is a *super* important and complicated moment in our political history, and if we don’t keep up with the changes, we risk being completely lost come voting day.

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