Following Clinton's Nomination, Delegate Nguyen Says 'I Felt Like I Didn't Belong'
Hillary Clinton made history Tuesday by officially being nominated as the first female Democratic presidential candidate at the party’s national convention in Philadelphia. The delegates from each of the states took part in a roll call vote to make it official.
After the vote was taken, many of the supporters for former candidate Bernie Sanders walked out of the convention hall. Washington state delegate Trang Nguyen was among them. Nguyen explains that she is still struggling with the idea of backing Clinton.
"I find it very, very difficult to fall in line. There are certain things that are very, very important to me that she hasn't addressed, such as a carbon tax and banning fracking," she said. "To be honest, I felt like I didn't belong there at the DNC after she was nominated."
Nguyen says she was elected to represent Bernie Sanders and the 73 percent of Washington voters who supported him during the state's Democratic caucuses in March. But while she is devoted to Sanders and his causes, she says she's not being stubborn.
"I feel like there's still time between now and November for Secretary Clinton to persuade a lot of Bernie Sanders supporters to join her team. So I don't have an exact answer for you right now. I wish I did," Nguyen said. "I'm still experiencing a lot of conflict and hopefully I will know more ... in the next day or two. But I will be waiting."
She says she'll be meeting with the Sanders delegation Wednesday to discuss what is next for them in what Nguyen is calling a "political revolution."
This is part of KPLU's ongoing election series "From the Floor," focused on the Washington delegation at each of the party's national conventions.