The Democratic National Convention has attracted some high-wattage star power, with celebs like actresses Lena Dunham and Chloe Grace Moretz and singers Demi Lovato and Katy Perry on the docket, eager to support nominee Hillary Clinton. But some of the A-listers are in Philly to support Clinton’s erstwhile rival Bernie Sanders.
Shailene Woodley, star of the locally filmed “Divergent” series films (the last of which is to be a television rather than a movie project), is there on the Bernie bandwagon.
So is Susan Sarandon, who posted this tweet from a Sanders speech:
A video journalist made a GIF of Sarandon shaking her head at someone else’s speech, noting she was not having any of it. Sarandon later retweeted this with a one-word validation: “Accurate.”
Danny Glover spoke at a Sanders rally in an area park:
Actress Rosario Dawson is seriously feeling the Bern – blasting Clinton during an address to Sanders delegates at a pre-event function on Sunday.
“Hillary Clinton, who I’ve said before, and I stand by, is not a leader, she’s a follower,” she said to a loud chorus of boos. “She follows public opinion on things.”
The diverging celeb opinion mirrors the discordant note upon which the convention kicked off. Disgraced DNC head Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who was forced to give up her ceremonial gavel and has announced her resignation from her party post, faced a loud and angry group of protesters during a gathering of her home-state delegation on Monday. They chanted “shame on you” as the congresswoman struggled to speak over the shouters, many of whom held signs that simply said “E-MAILS.”
The protesters’ signs were referencing a convention-eve data leak that showed party officials worked against Sanders during the primary season, when they were supposedly neutral.
The emails include several stinging denunciations of Sanders and his organization before and after the DNC briefly shut off his campaign’s access to the party’s key list of likely Democratic voters.
One exchange between DNC spokesman Luis Miranda and his deputy, Mark Paustenbach, shows them mulling whether the DNC should use the voter record furor to raise doubts about the Sanders campaign.
“Wondering if there’s a good Bernie narrative for a story, which is that Bernie never had his act together, that his campaign was a mess,” Paustenbach wrote.
Another email exchange shows a DNC operative suggesting a smear campaign over Sanders’ religious beliefs: “Does he believe in a God. He had skated on saying he has a Jewish heritage. I think I read he is an atheist. This could make several points difference with my peeps.”