It was no Scott Baio … but the star power came out in full force for the first night of the Democratic National Convention.
Comedian Sarah Silverman dropped the mic at the party’s national convention on Monday night when she addressed the unrelenting supporters of Bernie Sanders.
“Can I just say to the Bernie or bust people: You’re being ridiculous,” she said to the crowd’s cheer.
Sarah Silverman and Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) introduced Paul Simon.
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The blunt declaration came as the funny woman, who has been a vocal supporter of the Vermont senator, was booed by Bernie bros.
Silverman explained her choice to vote for Hillary Clinton with “gusto” was a “vital part” of the Sanders movement in “making absolutely sure” that Clinton “is our next President of the United States.”
“It’s so inspiring, just a few years ago she was a secretary and now she’s going to be President,” she said.
“Come on, she’s like the only person ever to be over qualified in the job for President,” she added.
Singer Demi Lovato performs during the first day of the Democratic National Convention at Wells Fargo Center on Monday in Philadelphia.
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Silverman, speaking at her first convention, then introduced musician Paul Simon who sang “Bridge Over Troubled Waters.”
Earlier in the night, Demi Lovato kicked off the “United Together” themed night in Philadelphia with a performance of her empowerment anthem “Confident” and a moving speech pleading for better mental health care.
Singer Paul Simon performs “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”
“Like millions of Americans, I am living with mental illness but I’m lucky to have the resources and support to get treatment,” she began to applause.
The 23-year-old, who has been open about her past battle with addiction and self-abuse, came out after a series of speeches calling for drug reform.
“This is about politics. It’s simply the right thing to do,” she explained.
“I am proud to support a presidential candidate who will fight to ensure all people with mental health conditions get the care they need to live fulfilling lives,” she continued, earning a standing ovation from the crowd.
Eva Longoria waves as she arrives on stage during Day 1 of the Democratic National Convention.
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Meanwhile, fellow Latina Eva Longoria attacked Donald Trump’s anti-immigration stance.
“My father isn’t a criminal or a rapist. In fact, he’s a United States veteran.”
The former “Desperate Housewives” star and the other celebs are part of a star-studded guest list with Lena Dunham, Debra Messing and Chloe Grace Moretz slated to take the stage later in the week.
At the Republican National Convention last week, an impressive range of stars was hard to come by as a lackluster and small list of D-celebs took the stage.
“Duck Dynasty” star Willie Robertson kicked off the political event followed by “Happy Days” star Scott Baio and former soap opera actor Antonio Sabato Jr.