As Democratic National Convention delegates arrived in Philadelphia Sunday, Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz agreed to step down from her post as party chair after an email leak revealed what Bernie Sanders supporters had claimed throughout his campaign–the DNC tried to sabotage the senator’s chances.
This news incensed many staunch Bernie-crats, like Amy Powell of Springfield, who says she’s glad “the truth is finally out.”
Powell checked into her hotel Sunday and immediately headed out to a nearby Bernie rally.
“She’s definitely a bad example for our elected officials,” she said, adding that no one who supports Sanders is surprised by the controversy.
The Missouri delegation is split almost down the middle between Clinton (36) and Sanders (35) delegates, plus 13 un-bound super-delegates.
Missouri State University student Daren Caughron was among the thousands of Bernie Sanders supporters who flooded into Philadelphia this week. He’s not a delegate, but is determined to have a voice.
“We’re hoping to have a bunch of rallies and a lot of peaceful protests pushing for issues at the DNC and really spreading the love and spreading what Bernie wanted us to talk about,” said Caughron, who was wearing a t-shirt that featured the hashtag “#ShowMeBernie.”
Sunday there was a downtown parade as well as planned and pop-up rallies, including one calling for a convention coup:
Before the convention, Sanders delegates did score significant wins in the party platform and rules committees.
One rules compromise was the creation of a “unity commission” to bind about two-thirds of convention “superdelegates,” to the outcomes of state primaries and caucuses.
Sanders had hoped to win enough electoral votes to make his case to these “unbound” delegates at the national convention, though many are Clinton loyalists.
O. Kay Henderson, Radio Iowa, contributed to this report.