Sanders' speech draws cheers, tears -- and Trump tweets

Senator Bernie Sanders makes a strong case for his no-longer-rival Hillary Clinton. He also spells out that he and Donald Trump agree on nothing. Trump can't keep quiet.

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Michelle Obama took aim at Donald Trump and Twitter during her DNC speech Monday night, saying the issues a president faces "cannot be boiled down into 140 characters."

That said, tweet-sized reactions to speeches remained in vogue. Consider the tweets sent during the speech from Bernie Sanders, who closed out the first night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

The Vermont senator used his address to endorse his one-time rival for the presidential nomination, Hillary Clinton, amid the crowd's cheers, tears and boos. (At times, the boos were for Clinton but mostly for Trump.)

But Sanders quickly emphasized where he and Clinton come together, as pointed out by Robert Reich, who was secretary of labor under her husband, Bill Clinton.

Some saw Sanders' address as the speech he might have given were he still running for president. Oh wait!

Still, Sanders did lay out in detail why his supporters must work to elect the party's soon-to-be-official nominee, in contrast to one of Trump's Republican rivals last week.

Trump, never at a loss for words on Twitter even if one of those words is often "sad," weighed in during Sanders' speech, perhaps trying to appeal to the "Bernie or Bust" crowd.

Trump accused Sanders of having "sold out" and called his campaign a "waste of time." To which, Sanders -- or, more precisely, his staff -- came back with a burn.

The Republican presidential nominee tweeted throughout the night, flinging insults at other speakers, such as Senators Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren. Notably, Trump remained silent about the first lady's speech.

To those Sanders supporters who may still not be swayed or are in despair, well, they can look to the satirical Onion, which has a knack for distilling things down to their very essence -- in this case, in 89 characters.