The outgoing DNC chair was roundly booed and heckled and had to be escorted out by security.
“PHILADELPHIA — Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the embattled outgoing chair of the Democratic National Committee, was forcibly driven out of her own state delegation’s breakfast Monday amid vocal and unwieldy protests by Bernie Sanders’ supporters.
Schultz, who announced Sunday she would resign her chairmanship after emails showed top staffers at the Democratic National Committee worked to undermine Sanders’ primary campaign against Hillary Clinton, attempted to talk over a chorus of heckles and boos at a downtown hotel hosting the Florida Democratic Party.
But the Florida congresswoman, who faces a newly emboldened primary challenge in her home state, could barely be heard over the ruckus. As soon as she took the stage, attendees donning Sanders shirts and holding signs that read “Email” began to disrupt her remarks. The delegation breakfast, normally a calm, sleepy, mundane affair, devolved into outright chaos.
Some started chanting “Shame on you!”
Another man screamed, “We are not cool with this!”
Supporters of Wasserman Schultz tried to counter with a cheer of “Debbie!,” but they were quickly overwhelmed as the protesters gravitated closer to the stage.
“I want to listen!,” complained one woman to the agitators drowning out the chair.
“Calm down!,” another implored.
“What do you want, President Trump?,” a Schultz supporter asked a demonstrator.
Former Gov. Bob Graham stood up and tried to calm the red-hot emotions.
But the demonstrators were determined to make a point.
“You robbed us!,” screamed one man wearing a blue “Bernie” t-shirt. “She doesn’t know what she did! She’s a career politician.”
The scene was an unruly start to the first day of the Democratic National Convention, where Schultz is still planning to speak despite her resignation and polarizing position in the party. Given the chaotic reception she received from her own state’s delegates, Schultz is likely to face even more dissension on the floor.
Schultz’s appearance was steely and courageous, even if it was politically disastrous. While she canceled other planned DNC stops following her resignation, which is to take effect after the convention, she almost had to keep her commitment to Florida, where she is running for reelection.”
The Blabbermouth Schultz finally gets hers
Back to hell with you!