Some Bernie Sanders supporters have begun discussing a walk-out when Hillary Clinton is nominated by Tuesday’s roll call vote at the Democratic National Convention. Other supporters booed Monday when Sanders himself encouraged them to vote for Clinton to defeat Donald Trump this November.
The unrest continued Monday afternoon and evening, when various early speakers at the convention itself were repeatedly booed by a vocal Sanders contingent. Reporters with South Carolina’s delegation say some of the Palmetto State’s members occasionally joined in, but most remained quiet.
Aiken delegate and Sanders supporter Ra Shad Gaines said the hacked Democratic National Committee emails revealed late last week backed showed the party’s leaders worked to undermine Sanders’ campaign in favor of Clinton. Gaines said he always suspected sabotage by the party, but the emails “proved” what happened.
“It’s a slap in the face to every activist and every person who knocks on doors and makes phone calls… for you to be playing with what we call ‘democracy,'” Gaines told South Carolina Radio Network. “There’s nothing Democratic about that, at all. And, if we are the party that’s doing that… how are we any better than the Republican Party… if we’re tampering with the vote? The emails only lend further credibility to what we really thought was happening.”
Gaines said he is inclined to support Clinton, but says she needs to win over voters and not just try to scare them with the threat of a Trump presidency. “You’re not saying we need to support because she’s the best person for the job,” he said. “You’re telling us to vote for Hillary because it’s better than having Donald Trump. That’s not the same thing.”
Clinton supporters like Anderson County delegate Trav Robertson continue to stress party unity and the need to ensure Republicans and Trump do not win the White House. “It’s a rebirth,” he said. “And I think, at the end of the day, our folks are going to come together and we’re going to elect Hillary Clinton president of the United States. And I think Bernie’s folks will come along.”