Presidential nomination roll calls are normally dull, procedural affairs in which each state presents their delegates’ votes to the secretary, often accompanied by some saccharine line that may as well have been written by the state tourism board.
Which is to say: They do not often move people to tears, as Larry Sanders ― Bernie Sanders’ brother ― did Tuesday night at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
Larry cast the final vote as a representative of Democrats living abroad, and with it, he shared a heartfelt message with his fellow delegates.
“I want to read, before this convention, the names of our parents, Eli Sanders and Dorothy Sanders,” said Larry. “They did not have easy lives, and they died young. They would be immensely proud of their son and his accomplishments. They loved him.”
“They loved the new deal of Franklin Roosevelt and would be especially proud that Bernard is renewing that vision,” he continued. “It is with enormous pride that I cast my vote for Bernie Sanders.”
Throughout the touching moment, the camera cut back and forth between the brothers, who both struggled to hold back tears.
Watch the video above.