Today, in the hometown of the Chicago Tribune, the Democratic National Convention was held despite violent riots and a disruptive audience, in a shocking turn of events, current president Lyndon B. Johnson pulled out of the presidential race and will not run for a second term.
The senators, aldermen, and presidential candidates pushed through a rowdy crowd of protesters to arrive in the Convention-- where the rioting hardly came to an end. Before hearing of LBJ’s resignation, the rioters were heard to have chanted morbid rhymes such as: “Hey, hey, LBJ, how many kids have you killed today?”. Once in the convention, speakers were invited up on stage to endorse candidates. Aldermen and senators reached the stage to introduce and support candidates, notably George Wallace of Alabama, current president Lyndon B. Johnson-- who later endorsed his vice president Hubert Humphrey, George McGovern from South Dakota, and Eugene McCarthy from Minnesota. The room was clearly divided, and moved into a caucus to question and discuss the candidates.
Shortly after the noisy caucus, the delegates reconvened to announce their choices for the democratic candidate for president. While many Southern states expectedly chose to support George Wallace, other states seemed to stray from their more expected candidate, such as South Dakota, who chose not to vote for its home state candidate, George McGovern.
Immediately before LBJ retired from politics, vice president Hubert Humphrey announced that he would not be running on the ticket with LBJ, and that the crowd should reconsider their votes for “someone who can bring this country together and unite us. I can’t tell you who that person is-- but what I can say is that if this country is going to heal, perhaps it is time (...) for a new chapter in America.” Hubert Humphrey’s message was followed by an even more shocking speech from LBJ, in which he shared, after careful, personal consideration, that he would not be running for a second term and would be retiring from politics completely.
As the crowd prepares to vote for a second time, LBJ’s supporters will be expected to vote for Hubert Humphrey, but have been no doubt blindsided by this sudden resignation from LBJ. Stay tuned for the final vote from Chicago’s shocking Democratic National Convention.