On Monday, speaking on the first night of the four-day Democratic National Convention, Senator Bernie Sanders told Democratic delegates that he stands with Hillary Clinton, a declaration that drew boos from his supporters despite his request that they not protest. Sanders’ supporters, still angry over the revelation that Democratic Party Chairperson Debbie Wasserman Schultz and other party officials appeared to have favored Clinton during the primaries, erupted into boos and chants almost from the beginning of the convention.
Before the evening ceremonies kicked off, Sanders had sent out a text to his delegates asking “as a personal courtesy to me not to engage in any kind of protest” on the convention floor and sent a tweet declaring his support for Clinton. This was not enough to placate Sanders’ supporters, whose outbursts interrupted proceedings throughout the evening. During his remarks, Sanders informed delegates that he and the Clinton campaign had agreed upon a “unity commission” to review superdelegates and the party’s nomination process in order to “[transform] the Democratic party.” Sanders also condemned the Trump campaign for “fear-mongering … name-calling and divisiveness,” telling the crowd that “any objective observer will conclude that — based on her ideas and her leadership — Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States.”
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