On 26 July 2016, Hillary Clinton received the official nomination of the Democratic Party as their candidate in the 2016 presidential election.
Among tweets sent or retweeted by Clinton's official account was one of a woman crying, ostensibly with joy due to the nomination of America's first female major-party candidate:
We made history. pic.twitter.com/TBvItE7oSa
— Hillary for America (@HFA) July 26, 2016
Simply stating Clinton "made history," the image was one of several captured at a busy Democratic National Convention. Actor and Sanders supporter Shailene Woodley quickly spotted the photograph and responded, as did others from the Sanders delegation, to point out that the crying woman pictured was actually a disconsolate Sanders supporter and not an overwhelmed Clinton fan:
Except she is a delegate, former staffer and someone who has given speeches for Bernie. She's all in. https://t.co/We1PY7mZci
— Nomiki Konst (@NomikiKonst) July 27, 2016
— Sara Yasin (@missyasin) July 27, 2016
The crying woman depicted was identified as Nida Allam, a regional field director for Sen. Bernie Sanders campaign. She also responded to the tweet stating she was "#stillsanders":
Allam later verified to the Huffington Post that her tears were not ones of joy, adding that she planned to support the Democratic nominee in November but continue working towards Sanders' vision:
Allam [said] she thought Clinton’s campaign was wrong for “trying to shape me as a poster for her, using my hijab and ethnicity to her advantage without verifying.” “I’m a strong Bernie supporter who will support the nominee from our party in November,” Allam said. She added that Clinton’s campaign misconstrued “my raw emotions as support for her when it is truly the emotions of a years worth of hard work and dedication to the revolution, and realizing that though the campaign is over, the revolution has just begun.”
On 27 July 2016, Allam invited fellow Sanders supporters to a campaign-related event and re-tweeted images of the DNC Walkout:
— BlackMenForBernie (@BlkMenForBernie) July 27, 2016
Nida Allam told the Huffington Post she believed Sanders supporters "must continue to work to elect representative and senators who support Bernie’s platform."