Bernie supporters protest at DNC after leaked emails, Michigan officials react
PHILADELPHIA (WJBK) - Feeling the "Bern," thousands of protesters take to the streets of Philadelphia -- many angry about the latest revelations in those leaked emails from the Democratic National Committee.
The emails reveal attempts to sideline Bernie Sanders in the primaries and have now led to the resignation of DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.
"She helped to rig basically the primaries to help Hillary, now I'm going to vote for Hillary -- following Bernie's advice," said Jack Lieberman, who supports Sanders.
Voters from across the country, includign Michigan, all gathered in Philadelphia, weighing in on this latest division and that resignation a day before the start of the convention.
"I have a great deal of respect for her - she's my colleague but once those emails became public it was becoming a distraction," said Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-Michigan).
"At this point in time and the need to bring unity together, I think she did the right thing," said U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan).
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said he believes the party handled it correctly.
"We're focused on a lot bigger stuff than this," he said. "If Bernie Sanders is enthusiastically supporting the ticket I don't think Donald Trump has anything to complain about."
Sanders is scheduled to speak Monday night.
Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon, a Sanders delegate, said he's prepared to vote for Clinton.
"I'm supporting the Democrat, whoever that happens to be, as the nominee and certainly right now it looks like it's going to be Hillary so I'm supporting Clinton," he said.
Dingell said she believes Sanders will unify the party.
"I'm hoping that we're going to pull together and that's where we need to be focused," she said.