Commotion, Boos From Sanders Supporters as Debbie Wasserman Schultz Yells Remarks at Delegate Breakfast

July 25, 2016

Embattled Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schulz (D., Fla.) was booed upon beginning her remarks to the Florida delegation breakfast Monday in Philadelphia, forcing her to shout over the jeers of angry Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) supporters.

Schultz announced Sunday she would step down from her post at the conclusion of this week’s Democratic National Convention, in the wake of an email leak showing party officials clearly favoring Hillary Clinton over Sanders in the primary process. Schultz’s resignation did not quell the anger of Sanders fans, many of whom held up signs reading "E-mails" upon seeing her.

Order had to be restored before Schultz could even begin talking, according to reporters at the scene.

"I can see there’s a little bit of interest in my being here, and I can appreciate that interest, and a little bit of interest from the press, but that really shows that Florida is the most significant battleground state that will make sure that Hillary Clinton is elected president of the United States of America," she said.

Schultz began by speaking about the Fort Myers nightclub shooting that occurred Sunday night, and she then addressed her resignation, saying she spoke with President Obama and Hillary Clinton the day before and was proud to have served as chair of the DNC.

"I thanked 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, which we did on the shoulders of Florida’s voters! Didn’t we, Florida Democrats? Yes, we sure did," Schultz said.

Schultz added that Clinton thanked her for her service as party chair, and she said she would commit to being a Clinton surrogate in 2016.

Schultz had to bellow her remarks the entire time to be heard over the jeering and yelling in the room.

"We know that the voices in this room that are standing up and being disruptive, we know that that’s not the Florida that we know! The Florida that we know is united!" Schultz yelled.

As she touted Obama’s liberal accomplishments, people began yelling "Shame! Shame!" Schultz was undeterred, yelling even louder. She reached a fever pitch at the end of her speech.

"You will see me every day between now and November 8 on the campaign trail, and we will lock arms and we will not stand down!" she shouted. "We will make sure that the people of Florida have the priorities that we know we need to accomplish! Thank you very much, and on to victory! Thank you!"

CNN anchor Carol Costello noted the scene was "surreal."