This past Sunday, Bernie Sanders called out former Vice President Joe Biden. Biden is currently a Democratic Presidential opponent for Sanders for the upcoming 2020 election. Sanders did not mention Biden by name, but essentially called Biden out for failing to appear at the California Democratic Convention. More than a dozen other candidates for the 2020 presidential election appeared at the convention in order to state their goals and plans for democratic voters if they were to become President in 2020.
Sanders told the crowd that there is debate going on among the candidates who are speaking to the people that are present at the convention and candidates who have chosen not to participate in the convention. Sanders explain that energy and excitement are needed in the campaign in order to defeat President Trump in 2020. This seemed to be a shot at Biden and others who failed to attend the convention due to their lack of energy for the upcoming campaign.
Sanders also said that it is vital to give millions of working people and younger individuals a reason to vote and believe that politics is important regarding their lives in order to win the upcoming election.
Sanders did not call out Biden specifically. Biden’s absence was particularly noticed by the group Action for a Progressive Future. The group was handing out fliers that were asking why the former Vice President was not in attendance.
Acting chairwoman for the California Democratic Party Alexandra Gallardo Rooker at one point during the event stated that she had a conversation with Biden last week. Rooker explained that Biden told her in the conversation that he had already made plans to attend a Human Rights Campaign Dinner on Saturday night in Columbus, Ohio. Therefore, it was implied that Biden could not make it to the convention.
Rooker made assurances that Biden would be visiting California to speak with voters’ numerous times in the future.
The convention lasted three days and was attended by many. The list of attendees included California Senator Kamala Harris; Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren; former Texas Representative Beto O’Rourke, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker; Washington Governor Jay Inslee; former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper; Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar; California Representative Eric Swalwell; Mayor of South Bend, Indiana Pete Buttigieg, Hawaii Representative Tulsi Gabbard; New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand; former Maryland Representative John Delaney and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro.
Sanders also criticized President Trump at the convention. Sanders called out President Trump for being a racist and a sexist. Additionally, Sanders said President Trump also had negative views towards homosexuals. Sanders also claimed President Trump was a bigot in terms of religion.
Sanders went on to say President Trump is the worst President this country has ever seen and thanked the crowd for participating in the convention and for their determination in terms of attempting to defeat President Trump in 2020. Sanders also said that President Trump has the most corrupt administration in the history of United States politics and knows nothing of the values of America.