Supporters of Democratic presidential runner-up Sen. Bernie Sanders want the party establishment to know they are out there. Die-hard Sanders delegates have donned neon-green T-shirts for the final day of the Democratic National Convention in a show of silent support for the Vermont senator. If you've watched even a few minutes of the Democratic National Convention you've probably seen them. They're hard to miss in their day-glo T-shirts, especially when the lights go down at Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center.
Emblazoned front and back with Sanders' "Enough is Enough" campaign slogan, these neon green T-shirts glow in the dark, making Sanders supporters highly visible on a night when all attention should be turned to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. It's a means of being seen — and thus heard — without aggravating fellow delegates striving to listen to convention speakers.
It isn't the first time Sanders supporters have sought to bring a little disturbance to Democrats' nominating convention following allegations that outgoing Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman and party leaders were openly biased against Sanders' primary campaign. Sanders delegates booed some of Clinton's biggest supporters in the convention's early days while supporters outside the Wells Fargo Center have held ongoing demonstrations in support of Sanders.
But Sanders delegates told political blog the Hill their T-shirts weren't meant to protest Clinton's nomination. "We wanted to have an appreciation for Bernie Sanders in a way that was visible, but respectful of Hillary Clinton," Javier Anderson, a Sanders delegate from New York said. "This is not against her at all. This is just saying 'We're here, we have a common cause, and we're ready to win in November.'"
According to Anderson, many of the delegates wearing the neon-green T-shirts bearing Sanders' campaign slogan are planning to get behind Clinton as the Democratic presidential nominee due to Sanders' endorsement. "We want her to hopefully understand that we're doing it for him as much as we are doing it for her," Anderson told the Hill.
Delegate Daniel Hazard told USA Today the shirts were a way for Sanders supporters to send a message to the DNC that they'd had enough of corruption and big money in politics. "It's basically a sign of solidarity with Bernie Sanders and our supporters, saying we're going to continue the work of Bernie Sanders long after this election," he said.
Although it's not clear who came up with the concept of Sanders delegates donning glow-in-the-dark, lime-green T-shirts for the final day of the Democratic National Convention, the idea was reportedly first floated in an online forum for national delegates weeks before the convention.