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 SandersBernie SandersRestless progressives eye 2024 Key senators to watch on Democrats' social spending bill Five ways Senate could change Biden's spending plan MORE (I-Vt.) broke into chants.