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Shouting Matches Erupt for Hillary and Bernie at Start of Democratic Convention

It would seem that the harsh reception for Bernie Sanders‘ call for unity was but a foreshadowing of Monday’s start to the Democratic National Convention.

The convention will officially establish Hillary Clinton as the the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, though the fallout from this weekend’s WikiLeaks leak has caused enormous friction for Democrats in Philadelphia. Rev. Cynthia Hale invoked Clinton’s name as she addressed the audience, and it seems the Sanders and Clinton factions in the crowd were dueling to have the loudest applause for their respective Democratic candidate.

Many in the convention audience are carrying pro-Sanders paraphernalia, and there have been multiple reported instances where they have booed or tried to shout over the speakers. Indications suggest this is a very divisive start to the Party’s attempts to unify as it heads into the general election against Donald Trump.

Marcia Fudge‘s address was particularly noteworthy. The convention chairwoman was chosen to take over speaking duties after Debbie Wasserman Schultz recused herself today, and she pleaded with the pro-Sanders side to respect the speakers and their fellow attendees.

“I intend to be fair, I want to hear the varying opinions here,” Fudge said. “I am going to be respectful of you, and I want you to be respectful of me,”

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