Comedian Sarah Silverman, a Bernie Sanders backer who took the stage Monday at the Democratic convention to declare that she would vote for Hillary Clinton in the general election, criticized fervent Sanders supporters who refuse to support Clinton as “ridiculous.”
“To the ‘Bernie or Bust’ people, you’re being ridiculous,” Silverman said to boos by supporters of the Vermont senator and applause from those backing Clinton.
The comedian was speaking alongside Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), a former “Saturday Night Live” cast member who has long endorsed Clinton, at the Democrats’ gathering in Philadelphia to nominate the former secretary of state for president.
As they were bantering to buy time while musician Paul Simon prepared to perform, chants of “Bernie” broke out in the convention hall, prompting Silverman’s comment.
Sanders has said he will support Clinton’s bid for the White House and asked his backers to follow suit, but many of his loyalists protested Monday by marching and through other actions.
Silverman said earlier in her remarks that she would continue to be inspired by the ideals of Sanders, “who will never stop fighting for us.” But she said it was crucial that people in the Sanders movement boost Clinton.
She and Franken sought to portray themselves as an example of Sanders and Clinton supporters working together to ensure a Democrat is elected to the White House.