NEW CANAAN, Conn. — Residents of New Canaan who tuned in to the Democratic National Convention from Philadelphia this past week may have been surprised to see two of their own up on the stage. Both were entertainers — not politicians — who were putting their support behind presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
On Monday, the opening night of the convention, iconic 74-year-old folk singer Paul Simon sang “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” the signature song that he wrote. He was introduced by U.S. Sen Al Franken and comedian Sarah Silverman, who awkwardly joked that two people who don’t agree on Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton are like a “bridge over troubled water.”
His former partner Art Garfunkel, who sang the solo vocal on the recording of “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” is a Sanders supporter who allowed the Vermont senator to use their song “America” on the campaign trail.
A day later, actor Tony Goldwyn, 56, took his turn at the podium. Goldwyn, who works with the Innocence Project, is a friend and strong supporter of Clinton. He is most famous as the star of "Scandal," playing Republican President Fitzgerald Grant III.
At the convention, he introduced the Mothers of the Movement, a group whose members have lost children to gun violence or who died in police custody.
"I am proud tonight to introduce a group of women profoundly impacted by injustice and violence, who have turned their pain into power and their outrage into action," Goldwyn said. "They are the Mothers of the Movement.
"They understand that we must reach out to each other because of our diversity, because we are stronger together.
"Hillary says we can't hide from these hard truths about race and justice in America," he said. "We have to name them and own them, and then change them. That's what she'll do as president.
"And the Mothers of the Movement prove that one life at a time, one Mother at a time, we can change the world."