Democratic delegates from South Carolina got a preview of one of this week’s big convention speakers when U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn spoke during breakfast on Tuesday.
Clyburn advised them to lead with empathy for the plight of others, playing on the theme of the Democratic National Convention, “Stronger Together.”
“It behooves us all to treat every incident that we encounter as if that would be you in any other day in your life. And so when people come to you with a problem, treat it as if it’s your own problem. Treat people with dignity and respect,” Clyburn said until his words were overwhelmed by applause.
“I believe that’s the difference in our party and the others,” he added.
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Clyburn, who represents South Carolina’s sixth congressional district, is expected to speak Thursday evening, S.C. Democratic Party chairman Jaime Harrison said at Tuesday’s breakfast. The assistant House leader is one of several South Carolinians scheduled to speak at the convention this week.
During his remarks Tuesday, Clyburn said America is already great, but it can be greater.
“Americans are good people, but we can be better. Our party is a strong party, but we can be stronger. And it seems to me that what we have to do, with every passing day, is work to make this party stronger, make our people better and make this country greater,” he said. “That is what we ought to be about.”