When Bernie Sanders walked out to address the Democratic National Convention, on Monday night, at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center, which normally serves as home to the N.B.A.’s hapless 76ers, he was fully aware that many of his supporters were ready for a fight. Earlier in the day, when the Vermont senator had appeared for a pre-D.N.C. event at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, he had been roundly booed after suggesting that it was time for the Party to unite around Hillary Clinton. He had then texted an appeal to some of his supporters: “I ask you as a personal courtesy to me not to engage in any kind of protest on the floor. It’s of utmost importance you explain this to your delegations.”
As the D.N.C. got started, in the mid-afternoon, the pastor who read the opening prayer, the Reverend Cynthia Hale, was also interrupted with boos, as well as some cheers, when she mentioned Clinton’s name. No organized protest materialized, but from there, the proceedings degenerated into something of a shouting match, with Sanders supporters, particularly some from the California delegation, trying to drown out the speakers with shouts like “Bernie! Bernie! Bernie!” and “We want Bernie!” Marcia Fudge, the Ohio congresswoman who, on short notice, replaced Debbie Wasserman Schultz as the chair of the Convention, was moved to remark, “We are all Democrats, and we need to act like it.” Read more at The New Yorker.