The opening night of the Democratic National Convention was geared up with plenty of passionate speakers who were ready to pump up the crowds. One high-profile moment that had everyone talking was junior Democratic New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker’s DNC speech. The senator's powerful and moving address, in fact, had everyone chanting with him.
The senator’s speech touched on the theme of the night — "United Together" — and used his prime time speaking slot to powerfully tell fellow Democrats why they need to fight for economic inequality in the United States.
"We have a presidential nominee in Hillary Clinton who knows that, in a time of stunningly wide disparities of wealth in our nation, America's greatness must not be measured by how many millionaires and billionaires we have, but by how few people we have living in poverty," Booker said on Monday evening.
To combat some of the controversial statements Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has said throughout his campaign, Booker quoted lines of the famous Maya Angelou poem "I Rise," saying these words capture American history.
"America, we will rise!" Booker exclaimed, speaking on the struggles and history slavery and immigrants in the United States. "Liberty is not secure for some until it's secure for all."
"Let us declare, love always trumps hate," Booker passionately said to the crowds. "America, our best days are ahead of us!"
Booker had the crowds loudly chanting and applauding throughout his speech and many took to social media to praise his powerful and impassioned speech. One Twitter user said his words made her "heart sing." Some were so taken by his speech that they asked if he'd would become the second black President of the United States. He did make it on Clinton's VP shortlist, so their dreams may not be too far off.
I blacked out. What happened? Is Corey Booker president? #DNCinPHL— Bridgett Greenberg (@BridgettTweets) July 26, 2016
"Cynicism is the refuge of cowards!" Corey Booker #WeWillRise— Erick Esteban (@ErickEsteban) July 26, 2016
Would not be surprised if Corey Booker is President one day ...— Steve Feinberg (@canesthing) July 26, 2016
"Together with Hillary Clinton as our president," Booker concluded his speech. "We will rise!"