It was only some five minutes long, and well before prime time.
But Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.), a United Methodist pastor and chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, took those who were listening at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday afternoon on a wild ride anyway -- telling a story about a little boy wrestling with Andrew Jackson, comparing Hillary Clinton to Baby Jesus, and literally screaming into the mic at the end.
The video above is worth a watch, but I transcribed some of it for you here, and added punctuation to try to do it justice. Let's start with the part where Cleaver talks about Baby Jesus:
"They put him in a grave, and threeee days later! The world knew he wouldn't.stay.throwed!" Cleaver said/yelled. "Now here's a warning! To those who might be tempted to spend the next fouuuur years trying to knock Hillary Clinton down -- You better get reeeaady for a woman who won't. stay. throwed!
"They threw her down as the first lady. But she didn't stay throwed!!" They threw her down as U.S. senator, but she wouldn't stay throwed! They threw her down as a secretary of state, but she wouldn't stay throwed! They threw her down in this VERY campaign. THIS CAMPAIGN! But she WON'T stay throwed! NO! She won't stay throwed! She won't stay throwed! You betta listen to me, I said she WON'T stay throwed."
Mic drop, end scene. The audience loved it.
Local news somewhat affectionately calls the whirlwind I just described above the "full Cleaver." At Democrats' 2012 convention, Cleaver went full-on when he gave a passionate defense of liberalism and got the audience in the hall literally marching in place while he urged them to go vote:
"Yes, Mr. President, hope on. Continue to hope, Mr. President,” he said, to rousing ovations and applause. “No matter what, Mr. President, you continue to hope! As long as the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob sits on the throne of grace, hope on! Hope on! Hope on! We are people of hope, Mr. President! Hope on! Hope on! When everything else is gone, hope on!”