The Chair of the Democratic National Committee, Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, announced her resignation Sunday, July 24, but her headache continues—she was booed off the stage in an appearance at a breakfast for Florida delegates.
“Chaos erupts at the Florida delegate breakfast as
@DWStweets takes the stage,” tweeted out NBC’s Danny Freeman with a video of booing Bernie Sanders supporters shouting “shame on you,” and holding up signs that read “Emails” and “Thanks for the help Debbie,”
— Danny Freeman (@DannyEFreeman) July 25, 2016
The anger is a reaction to the emails that show Democratic National Committee members—including Wasserman Schultz—working with the Clinton campaign against the Sanders campaign, which goes against earlier statements insisting that she and the committee has remained impartial.
That background has cast a dark cloud over her speeches and representation in the party.
“I can see there’s a little bit of interest in my being here, and I can appreciate that interest,” Wasserman Schultz said as she tried to get the chaos under control, which began as soon as she started speaking.
“I thank President Obama for the honor of serving as the chair of the Democratic National Committee and being able to watch his back and bring him across the finish line in 2012,” she said.
She added: “I also had the privilege of speaking to Hillary Clinton and she thanked me for my service. We had a wonderful conversation. She asked me and I committed to her that I would serve as a surrogate throughout this campaign.”
However, she had to break her speech off early and was escorted off the stage by security.
Later in today, Wasserman Schultz is expected to gavel the beginning of the convention, but now her role in the convention is thrown into question.
A recent trove of almost 20,000 emails leaked through the website Wikileaks confirmed the bias suspected by the Sanders campaign that the DNC favored Clinton. The blowback threatens to disrupt the convention’s theme of unity.
In one of the leaked emails, she called Bernie Sanders a “damn liar” after chaos erupted at the Nevada state Democratic convention.
“Particularly scummy that he barely acknowledges the violent and threatening behavior that occurred,” she continued.
Wasserman Schultz’s presence has been controversial since the beginning of the primary season, where she and the Democratic party were accused by the Sanders campaign as favoring Clinton over Sanders.
Bernie Sanders came out with a statement saying that Debbie Wasserman Schultz made the “right decision” when she resigned. Sanders had called for her resignation in the past.
Sanders Statement on DNC Chair Resignation pic.twitter.com/xMA60mnBIT
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) July 24, 2016