PHILADELPHIA — The crowd inside the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia erupted into chants of “Bernie” as the Democratic National Convention got underway Monday afternoon.
The Rev. Cynthia Hale led the opening prayer shortly after the convention was gaveled into order.
“We have a responsibility to you to be a party that celebrates diversity, values all people and treats everyone with dignity and respect,” Hale said. “We have a platform that seeks to address the ills of our nation, right the wrongs and help us be a just and equitable society … by nominating [presumptive Democratic presidential nominee] Hillary Rodham Clinton."
Much of the crowd cheered loudly, but jeering was audible. As the cheers subsided, a large contingent chanted “Bernie,” forcing Hale to pause her invocation for about 15 seconds.
After that, every time Clinton's name was mentioned, there were loud cheers as well as audible boos. When the pro-Hillary cheers quieted down, supporters of Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersSanders to campaign for Florida Dem governor candidate Lewandowski says Bloomberg would be 'very competitive' against Trump in 2020 One Vermont Republican wins statewide nomination in six races MORE (I-Vt.) broke into chants.