Crowd sings mockingly as Debbie Waserman Schultz leaves stage

DNC 2016: Wasserman Schultz heckled; won’t gavel in convention

Outgoing Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz won’t be gaveling in the convention as previously was the plan. That, according to CBS 4 Miami and the Sun Sentinel.

In a phone conversation with the Sun Sentinel, Wasserman told a reporter, “I have decided that in the interest of making sure that we can start the Democratic convention on a high note that I am not going to gavel in the conventio.” She went on to tell the Sun Sentinel, “I stepped down the other day because I wanted to make sure that having brought us to this momentous day and to Philadelphia and planned the convention that is going to be the best one that we’ve ever had in our party’s history that this needs to be all about making sure that everyone knows that Hillary Clinton would make the best president,” she said.


Monday morning in Philadelphia, outgoing Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz was heckled at a breakfast of Florida delegates, with opponents shouting, “Shame!”

The Florida congresswoman announced Sunday she would resign as the party’s chair at the end of this week’s Democratic National Convention, reports the Associated Press.

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Wasserman Schultz is telling the crowd during a raucous scene that “we have to make sure that we move together in a unified way.” But supporters of Bernie Sanders shouted at her during her brief remarks to the breakfast.

Her ouster came after a firestorm over hacked emails that suggested the DNC favored Hillary Clinton in the presidential primaries against Bernie Sanders.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is downplaying turmoil in the Democratic Party, saying it “doesn’t really matter” who is the party chair.

Pelosi blames the Russians for the hack of Democratic National Committee emails that revealed that party officials strategized against Bernie Sanders in favor of Hillary Clinton.

She made her comments at a breakfast hosted by Bloomberg News Monday in Philadelphia.


The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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